AFC West: Marty Booker
Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson
Mid-week mail call:
Chris from Brooklyn: Bill, have you seen my Broncos' list of opponents for next season? Outside of our division opponents we will be facing teams including the Giants, Patriots, Colts, Steelers, Ravens, Eagles, and Cowboys. With this fiasco that is the McDaniels/Cutler feud and our schedule next season, what are your predictions for our record next season? At this point, assuming Cutler gets traded, I'm HOPING for 6-10. It's never too early, right?
BW: You're right, Chris. This is not an easy schedule. If the Broncos don't have Cutler and they have a stop-gap or a green quarterback and the defense doesn't improve greatly, it could be a long year in the Rocky Mountains.
Andrew from Kansas City: If you were on the KC Chiefs P.R. staff, what would you tell Chiefs fans so that they would want to support the team in 2009 and buy tickets?
BW: I'd tell them it's a new era with a new coaching staff and new leadership. Plus, Matt Cassel is an exciting new quarterback. There is plenty to be excited about in Kansas City. Are the Chiefs a contender? No, probably not, but they are trying to get better.
Mike from West Des Moines: Hi Bill! I love the blog! I am curious what is going on with Dre Bly and Jamie Winborn in free agency. I thought with the way Winborn played last year he would have signed with someone by now. Do you have any updates? Thanks!
BW: Winborn has visited Tennessee and I haven't heard anything about Bly. One of the reasons why Denver cut these two players is neither are high-caliber players any longer they are role players.
Chris from San Diego: Hey Bill, if the Chargers draft a running back in the first round, do you think it would cause some tension between LT and upper management? Some mock drafts are still suggesting that is possible.
BW: It could, sure. But Tomlinson is here on a year-by-year basis at this point. If he continues to get hurt at key times and his production dips, he will likely not be in town in 2010 whether San Diego drafts a running back in the first round or not.
Denver via KC: Hey Bill, love your stuff! Do you think there is any chance that my beloved "re-building" Chiefs will go and try to get Roy Williams since he was freshly cut from the Boys'? We all know that Bowe and Gonzo could use some serious help... and for that matter so could Cassell. The Chiefs have plenty of cap space and haven't really made that much of a splash in FA. I know there have been rumors of Bobby Engram, Tory Holt, and Marvin Harrison - but they are all pretty well used up - What are the chances that they try to give LJ and a pick or two to Arizona for Boldin? We have all seen how much Pioli likes dealing with his old team, maybe Haley will do the same... Thanks a lot, Collin
BW: Thank you, maybe on Williams. He is still out there and the team could use a safety. But it isn't one of the Chiefs' greatest needs. As for Boldin, we'll see. It could make sense but Engram has been signed and veteran Marty Booker could also be on the way to complement No. 1 receiver Dwayne Bowe.
Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson
Now that the Kansas City Chiefs have secured Bobby Engram to be the No. 2 receiver or No. 3 receiver, here is another name to remember if the Chiefs are going to pursue another veteran wide receiver: Marty Booker.
Booker, who is available after being cut by Chicago, was developed in Chicago under new Kansas City coach Todd Haley early in this decade. Booker became a big-play threat under Haley and the two had a close relationship.
Plus, Booker could probably be had close to the league minimum and would be a worthy investment. Haley loved multiple receiver sets as the offensive coordinator in Arizona and new Kansas City quarterback Matt Cassel benefitted from triple-receiver sets while in New England.
So the Chiefs can use all the established receivers they can get. Kansas City is in a rebuilding mode, but it needs savvy veterans at key places. A veteran such as Booker, who has a history with Haley, just might be the type of player Kansas City pursues.