AFC West mailbag

Mid-week mail call:

Jarrod Rollins from Fresno, Ca. wants to know if San Diego could trade Antonio Cromartie to Oakland for running back Michael Bush.

Bill Williamson: I can see the connection. San Diego tried to acquire Bush from Oakland at the trade deadline in 2008, but the Raiders were reluctant to make the trade. San Diego needs a big running back as it tries to find a replacement for LaDainian Tomlinson. Oakland could use Cromartie, who is being shopped. He’d be solid opposite to star left cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha. This makes sense. I’m just not sure the Chargers and Raiders are interested in making each other better. If Bush were to be the missing link for San Diego, Oakland would be a laughing stock. It’s too risky.

Amanjot from Granite Bay, Ca. wants to know if it’s possible former Denver coach and new Washington coach Mike Shanahan could pursue Broncos running back Peyton Hillis as a trade.

BW: It could be a possibility. I think it is clear Hillis is valued by Shanahan more than New Denver coach Josh McDaniels. After making an impact as a rookie in Shanahan’s offense, the 2008 seventh-round pick was not used much at all by McDaniels last season. If McDaniels doesn’t have any plans for Hillis, he might as well deal him. I bet Shanahan would give up a low-round pick for Hillis.

Neil from College Station, Texas wants to know if San Diego will make tight end Brandon Manumaleuna a priority in free agency.

BW: San Diego has a lot to do in free agency. The Chargers have several key restricted free agent opportunities and they will be the keys to San Diego’s free agency. With that being said, I’m sure n Manumaleuna is a priority. He is an unrestricted free agent. He does a lot in San Diego’s offense and he is well respected by the team’s brass. I expect San Diego to keep him.