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March 4, 2:00 PM ET
Chat with Bill Williamson

Bill Williamson
  (2:04 PM)

Hi everyone, let's get rolling.

Steve (NY)

Wouldn't it make sense for the Raiders to use the #8 pick to select one of the elite LT prospects? It could result in solidifying two positions by allowing Mario Henderson to replace Cornell Green at RT.

Bill Williamson
  (2:05 PM)

I think so. That's where Oakland should target in the first round. It's bene ignored for too long.

Jeff (Loveland, CO)

Everyone knows the Broncos will move Marshall...the lesser asked question is what happens with 2nd tier guys like Scheffler and Kuper? Will the Broncos work out a trade with some team for a 3rd or 4th round for those guys?

Bill Williamson
  (2:05 PM)

I think Kuper is kept and Scheffler is shopped.

PV (Sacramento)

Why would the Raiders give Stanford Routt the 1st and 3rd round tenders, this means that if another teams wants to sign him, they would have to give up those picks right? Why wouldn't they just give him the 3rd round, because im sure that no one would want him even at that price

Bill Williamson
  (2:06 PM)

My answer: I have no idea. Stunning.

Jeff (Loveland, CO)

Broncos draft question...do we go really go after Bryant at #11? I've heard he's lazy and has poor work ethic overall. Doesn't seem like a McDaniels' guy to me.

Bill Williamson
  (2:07 PM)

He makes sense if Marshall is dealt, but his off-field questions could make him drop in the draft. Right now, I see Denver going after Alabama MLB Rolando McClain.

Joe (California)

Bill love the blog which one sounds better to you Sharper and Berry, Sharper and Rolle or how about Sharper and Rolle as the Safetys and Berry and Flowers as the CB??

Bill Williamson
  (2:09 PM)

Sharper and berry looks pretty good to me. That'd be a sweet secondary.

Ryan (NJ)

Not surprised about Marshall's tender, but what about Scheffler, seems a little high if they wanna get rid of him right?

Bill Williamson
  (2:11 PM)

Yes, but they could trade for a lesser pick.

Mike (Seattle)

Bill, do you still think Seattle is a front runner for Brandon Marshall? If so, what are the pieces it would take to get him without Seattle giving up a first round pick?

Bill Williamson
  (2:12 PM)

I really do, yes, maybe a seocnd an a fourth? Maybe a second and Deion Branch?

Denton (Hays, KS)

Hey Bill, if the Broncos get a first round pick for Marshall, who are the two players you think they will take or will it be Dez Bryant and McClain?

Bill Williamson
  (2:14 PM)

It depends on what pcik they get. If Dnever gets a first-round pick, it probably will be a lower draft-round pick.

jason (chesapeake)

hey bill, do you think it's likely, or worth while for the chargers to look into picking up thomas jones? i know he's got some age on him, but he put up great numbers. or is their eye on a younger back?

Bill Williamson
  (2:16 PM)

The veteran RB class isn't overwhelming. I think Chester Taylor or Thomas Jones would be decent options to go with a rookie who is drfated in the first two rounds.

Ryan (Crofton Maryland)

Bill Here in Baltimore there is alot of speculation that the Ravens are going to be hot and heavy after Brandon Marshall sence the tender is a 1. I see you have Seattle as the favorite to land Marshall. Do you think the Ravens will get Marshall?

Bill Williamson
  (2:17 PM)

Baltimore is right up there. I think it's a real possibility.

Matt (Conway)

Hey Bill, name one player you think could be signed as soon as free agency starts tonight that involves the AFC West.

Bill Williamson
  (2:18 PM)

Darren Sproles. That's the guy I have my eye on.

Josef (Maryland)

I'm a Ravens fan & I saw Kassim Osgood's name as an option for a valid UFA WR gamble. He is a pro bowl special teams player, but he wants to become more of a reciever. Does his name strike any bells as a possible WR?

Bill Williamson
  (2:20 PM)

He wants to get a chance to play receiver. San Diego hasn't given him that chance. I wouldn't be surprised if he leaves San Diego and gets a chance to play receiver.

Chuy (San Jose)

Raiders take the top available OL in ROUND 1, Top defensive player in round 2, and if Tebow is available in the 3rd you think Al Davis will take him? Its worth a shot.

Bill Williamson
  (2:22 PM)

Tebow would be worth the shot in the third round, sure.

Joe3H (Lincoln)

I've heard speculation of the raiders shaking up their linebacking corps, what are your feelings about kirk morrison, he does rake up amazing tackle numbers, but the run defense is terrible, that has to go against him right?

Bill Williamson
  (2:24 PM)

Oakland put a third-round tender on Morrison. He has led Oakland in tackles the past five years, but he struggles agaisnt the run. He is not an elite guy.

Ty (Blacksburg, Va)

What do you think about the thought of Seattle trading the 14th pick for Brandon Marshall and then drafting CJ Spiller with the 6th pick?

Bill Williamson
  (2:24 PM)

Seattle would have a vry nice offense.

Evan (Florida )

any chance that the tampa bay bucs trade for brandon marshall

Bill Williamson
  (2:26 PM)

I'm not sure the Bucs would want to give Marshall a new deal. They could use him though.

Mikey (Lackawanna,NY)

Do you think Shawne Merriman will get traded at some point this off season? Do you think he can be had for a 2nd rd pick?

Bill Williamson
  (2:29 PM)

I think he stays in San Diego for another year.

Joe (California)

Who do you see the Cheifs picking at 5th?

Bill Williamson
  (2:30 PM)

Right now I see the Chiefs taking LT Russell Okung of Oklahoma State.

Bill Williamson
  (2:30 PM)

Right now I see the Chiefs taking LT Russell Okung of Oklahoma State.

Jason (MD)

Where is Jamarcus? is he still working on getting in shape in AZ?

Bill Williamson
  (2:31 PM)

I beleive so, yes.

Ross (Philadelphia)

If the Chargers don't pick up a RB in FA, do you think that they will take a RB in the first round? If so, who do you think it will be, Matthews?

Bill Williamson
  (2:34 PM)

I think Mathews, Best, Dywer, Gerhat and Dixon will all be cosndiered by San Diego.

Ben (Fort Collins, CO)

Hey Bill. I've been rather confused by the media reaction to Denver giving Marshall a first-round tender. It seems to me that the only thing more they could have done to try and KEEP Marshall would have been to give him the first and third tender, which Doom obviously deserves, so why does everyone think this is another sign of the apocalypse?

Bill Williamson
  (2:35 PM)

Yes, they could have given Marshall that high tneder too but they didn't. They priced him to sell.

Frankie (Colorado)

Why in the world is Simms still a NFL QB?

Bill Williamson
  (2:36 PM)

Because Denver hasn't cut him yet.

Matt (Conway)

Dunta Robinson in KC?

Bill Williamson
  (2:36 PM)

The Cheifs are fine at CB. They'll spend on other needs.

Frankie (Colorado)

Any chance someone tries to trade for Dumervil? Or will the broncos be able to resign him to a long term contract?

Bill Williamson
  (2:37 PM)

I don't think Denver is interested in dealing Dumervil. The Broncos want him.

Krem (New Rochelle, NY)

could the raiders actually try and go after julius peppers when free agency starts?

Bill Williamson
  (2:38 PM)

Anything is posisble with Al Davis.

Jeff (Oakland)

How do you see the raiders record looking this season, i say 8-8 possibly depending on the qb. Do you see them making any big moves in free agency? What do you see them doing at 8 in the draft

Bill Williamson
  (2:39 PM)

Let's revisit the record question after fee agency and the draft.

Ryan (NJ)

Dan Williams at #11 a reach for Denver? TO me, hes is by far the best NT prospect in the draft

Bill Williamson
  (2:41 PM)

11 may be high, but he is a riser.

Frankie (Colorado)

Are the chiefs satisfied with Tyson Jackson's first year?

Bill Williamson
  (2:41 PM)

I don't see how they can be. He needs to pick it up.

Jordan (San Jose)

Tebow in the Silver and Black, can you see it?

Bill Williamson
  (2:42 PM)

A little bit, yes. How crazy would that be.

Matt (Conway)

Does Justin Fargas jump to division rival KC if he's released? Makes sense as he is a tough runner.

Bill Williamson
  (2:45 PM)

I think it's possible. I could se Fargas in both Kansas City and in San Diego.

Shawn (Toronto)

I know information is under lock and key in Kansas City but have you heard whether the Chiefs are close to signing any of their unrestricted free agents? Vrabel? Chambers?

Bill Williamson
  (2:47 PM)

I think the Chiefs are really trying hard to sign Chambers. He's a key.

Frankie (Colorado)

What is Cromartie's value? Any chance the broncos try to nab him? A team can never have enough good corners

Bill Williamson
  (2:47 PM)

A third or fourth-round pick. I think. Denver doesn't need him.

Jake (Boise, ID)

Any chance Sproles will be wearing a Chargers jersey next season?

Bill Williamson
  (2:48 PM)

Yes, but I think he could be popular on the open market tonight.

Keith (Springfield, MO)

Free agency starts tomorrow...do you see the Broncos as aggressive as last year? Any decent FA o-line/d-line that would suit the McDaniels system?

Bill Williamson
  (2:48 PM)

They were crazy aggressive last year on the first day.I think the Broncos will be active but not like last year.

jason (riverside ca)

bill, after best from cal had a good combine do you belive he will be there still when the chargers pick? if so will they grab him

Bill Williamson
  (2:50 PM)

He might have put himslef in the top 20 with that great combine.

Frankie (Colorado)

Will Eddie Royal pick it up next year? Thought he was supposed to be the next Wes Welker?

Bill Williamson
  (2:51 PM)

He better pick it up. He was a big dissapointment last season.

gary (kc)

will golden tate still be available in the second round? who is the best left tackle with the 5th pick?

Bill Williamson
  (2:52 PM)

Like Best, Tate relaly helepd his stock at the combine. He may have worked himself into the first round. If he is there in the second round, i think Kansas City will go after him ... Okung is the best LT.

Mikey (Lackawanna,NY)

Do you think the Chargers are willing to trade Marcus McNeill?

Bill Williamson
  (2:54 PM)

Only if the they got the full first and third tender cost. They like him. With all the good tackles available in the draft, I don't see a team giving up a first and third for McNeill.

Frankie (Colorado)

Could Tim Tebow single-handedly turn around the raiders franchise?

Bill Williamson
  (2:55 PM)

No.

Julien (Bortz)

Hey Bill, what do you think about the chargers drafting cody in the 1st round and then grabbing gerhart in the 2nd?

Bill Williamson
  (2:55 PM)

I like it a lot. I could see it happening.

jason (SD, CA)

Bill, AJ Smith's shown in the past that he's not afraid to trade up in the 2nd or 3rd rounds if there's a player he likes. If the Chargers pull the trigger on an RB in the 1st round, do you see Smith trading up in the 2nd to secure a guy like Mount Cody?

Bill Williamson
  (2:57 PM)

Sure, A.J. is a mover and a shaker. He'll be crafty.

Tarek (NYC)

Hey Bill, It looks like the Raiders will be happy if Morrsion is taken off their hands. But do they want to keep Howard and Brown at LB? I think Howard is the better player.

Bill Williamson
  (2:58 PM)

I bet all three are back in Oakland next year ... and we all know Stanford Routt will be there.

Frankie (Colorado)

Who do you see being the Number one QB for the raiders when the season starts?

Bill Williamson
  (2:58 PM)

Gradkowski.

Julien (Bortz)

If the chargers can't find a reasonable offer for cromartie, is there any chance the chargers keep him?

Bill Williamson
  (2:59 PM)

I think that train has left the station ... I don't see him coming back.

Scott (Virginia Beach)

Hi Bill, could you see Mike Shanahan targeting any players on Denver's roster that are free agents? He's already brought in Lichtensteiger, but that doesn't count since he was last in Minny.

Bill Williamson
  (3:00 PM)

Sure, he has Wiegmann in D.C. today.

Bill Williamson
  (3:02 PM)

Great hour folks .. Enjoy the craziness of free agency. Look forward to discussing it next week.

Bill Williamson
  (3:02 PM)

Great hour folks .. Enjoy the craziness of free agency. Look forward to discussing it next week.