AFC West mailbag

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Mid-week mailbag:

Danny Hart from Leeds, UK wants to know if Chris Simms will be given the chance to compete with Kyle Orton for the starting quarterback job in Denver.

BW: I think Orton is certainly the heavy favorite. But if Simms is outstanding and Orton struggles in the preseason, Simms may get the job. But it is clear Orton is the leader in the clubhouse. New Denver coach Josh McDaniels is a believer in Orton and he thinks Orton will be able to run his system well.

Jesse from Chula Vista wants to know if new linebacker Kevin Burnett can be a full-time player in San Diego?

BW: The Chargers signed Burnett as a free agent from Dallas this offseason because he has fine coverage skills. The Chargers needed that in a linebacker. So, expect a heavy dose of the former Cowboys backup on third down. But if Burnett plays well, he could be a candidate for more playing time.

Sam from Fort Collins wants to know if Denver will sign former St. Louis linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa.

BW: I heard Denver and Kansas City was interested. But right now, Tinoisamoa is concentrating on three other teams: Buffalo, Chicago and Philadelphia. He has already visited the Bills and has visits setup with the Bears and the Eagles. If he doesn't sign with one of those three clubs, Tinoisamoa could be a possibility for Denver.

Memo in New York wants to know if the Chargers will stick with Jeromy Clary at right tackle.

BW: The Chargers really like Clary. He struggled at times last season, but Clary made strides toward the end of the year. If Clary struggles in 2009, then he could be replaced. But I expect him to be the team's right tackle this season.