AFC West: Roy Williams

Posted by's Bill Williamson

The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that the Raiders are considering signing running back Michael Pittman. He was with Denver last season.

The Raiders are also reportedly talking to veteran fullback Lorenzo Neal. It would be somewhat surprising if Oakland brought in both players, since they would fill similar roles.

Pittman was moved from tailback to fullback out of necessity last season. Oakland needs fullbacks more than running backs. Both Pittman and Neal are tough, fine blockers. Adding either one would help Oakland.

Former Oakland receiver Jerry Porter is working out for Baltimore. He had hoped to return to Oakland earlier this offseason, but the Raiders had no interest.

Some Oakland fans wanted the Raiders to sign Bay Area native Roy Williams. That hope is now dashed since Cincinnati has added the former Dallas safety.

The Raiders will hold their mandatory minicamp this weekend.

Looking back at No. 7

April, 21, 2009

Posted by's Bill Williamson

Next up on the AFC West draft rewind is No. 7, which is held by Oakland:

The No. 7 Pick Since 1999
Year Team Player Pos. School Comment
2008 New Orleans Sedrick Ellis DT USC Ellis looks like he will have a long, productive career.
2007 Minnesota Adrian Peterson RB Oklahoma Peterson is one of the best all-around players in the NFL after two seasons.
2006 Oakland Michael Huff S Texas Huff has not made an impact in the NFL and he needs to show he can play at this level.
2005 Minnesota Troy Williamson WR South Carolina Williamson has been a total flameout and is no longer in Minnesota.
2004 Detroit Roy Williams WR Texas Williams hasn't been elite but solid. He is now in Dallas.
2003 Jacksonville Byron Leftwich QB Marshall Leftwich had his moments before Jacksonville gave up on him. He just signed with Tampa Bay.
2002 Minnesota Bryant McKinnie OT Miami McKinnie has been a solid performer for Minnesota.
2001 San Francisco Andre Carter DE California Carter is a decent pass rusher.
2000 Arizona Thomas Jones RB Virginia Jones didn't work out in Arizona but he has had a good career.
1999 Washington Champ Bailey CB Georgia Bailey is an elite player who will end up in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

AFC West mailbag

March, 21, 2009

Posted by's Bill Williamson

James from Los Angeles: hey bill, i read your blogs everyday. Do you think the Raiders will pick up either Orlando Pace, Roy Williams, Torry Holt, or MArvin HArrison?

BW: Thanks, James. I'd be surprised if Pace would come to Oakland now that Khalif Barnes has been signed. Williams is from Oakland, but he has only visited Cincinnati and both Harrison and Holt would help the Raiders. But I think those two players may consider signing with a contender first.

unklbrad from Kansas City: Not sure if the first one sent. As posted on the blog: Matt Cassel still doesn't have a number assigned, but Vrabel does. Isn't that a sign that Cassel may never don a Chiefs uni?

BW: I think it's just a housekeeping issue right now. Cassel wore No. 16 with the Patriots. Of course, that was Len Dawson's number in Kansas City and it has been retired. I wouldn't read too much into the number situation at this point.

Danny: will the chargers lock up any of their big name vetrans to extentions? Rivers, Merriman, McNiel, V.Jackson, Gates?

BW: I think they would like to get Rivers and Gates locked up this offseason. Merriman and McNeill will have to show they can come back from injuries before a deal is signed.

JD from SAN JOSE: Bill, I gotta tell ya. While Crabtree looks good, he looks over hyped. In my opinion he doesn't have the same wow factor that Williams, Johnson & Fitzgerald had. I think Oak should do the Phi trade and grab a wr like Nicks or Bay. But we all know Al doesn't trade down ;) As always, thanks for the great coverage!

BW: Thanks, JD. You know, I really like Crabtree. I keep thinking back to that play against Texas where he won the game. I think he is a man. I really think he can be special.

Joe from Arlington Heights,Il: Do you think the Chicago Bears would trade for Jay Culter? Why or Why not?

BW: First, Denver has to decide to trade him. But if that happens, I can see Chicago becoming a player. The Bears have a need and I think it could be a good fit. If Denver does start taking phone calls on Cutler, it will be a seller's market so the Bears would have to offer quite a bit to get the deal done.

AFC West mailbag

March, 18, 2009

Posted by'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.

Afternoon free agency update

March, 5, 2009

Posted by's Bill Williamson

The San Diego Union Tribune reports the Chargers will not pursue receiver Terrell Owens or safety Roy Williams. Both players have been cut by Dallas.

While many folks are concentrating on Owens ending up in Oakland, Williams could be a possibility. He grew up near Oakland and the Raiders could use a safety.

The Oakland Tribune reports the Raiders recently visited with quarterback Kyle Boller. The former Cal standout would come in as a backup quarterback if signed.

The Chiefs are looking at free agents Keary Colbert, Keith Davis and Travis Daniels.

Oakland free-agent return man Justin Miller visited with the Titans. Miller made an impact when he was claimed off waivers by the Raiders.

AFC West news and notes

February, 26, 2009

Posted by's Bill Williamson

• Still no word out of Kansas City on Larry Johnson's future. The team will likely try to trade him, but he could end up getting cut in the coming days.

• If Dallas cuts safety Roy Williams, Denver could be an option. The Broncos are looking at safeties in free agency. New England's James Sanders also is a possibility.

• The Broncos could be in on St. Louis cornerback Ronald Bartell in the coming days. If Dallas defensive end Chris Canty is unsigned after the first couple of days of free agency, Denver could get into the picture.

• The Chiefs extended tenders to restricted free agents safety Jarrad Page, center Rudy Niswanger and receiver Jeff Webb.

• The Broncos are set to gain about a $4 million in salary-cap credit for bonuses linebacker Louis Green didn't achieve. Denver has more than $40 million in salary-cap room as free agency is about to start.

• It will be interesting to see if San Diego shows any interest in guards Brandon Moore and Kendall Simmons, who were cut by the Jets and the Steelers, respectively. The Chargers might be in a market for a guard.

• The Broncos, at this point, are not looking for a replacement for young kicker Matt Prater, who struggled in the second half last season, but rather someone to compete with Prater.