AFC West mailbag

Mid-week mail call:

Adam from Rochester, New York wants to know if Jake Delhomme could end up in Denver.

Bill Williamson: I don’t think Delhomme goes there as a starter. Maybe as a backup if he can’t find a better situation. Delhomme, who Carolina cut last week, may not fit with Denver coach Josh McDaniels. He prefers ball-control quarterbacks. Delhomme is far too careless with the ball for McDaniels’ liking. He would offer more insurance as a backup than Chris Simms, I just don’t know if McDaniels would want to do down that road.

Coty from Ohio wants to know if Oakland could pursue Baltimore restricted free agent quarterback Troy Smith.

BW: I think this is a good pairing. It would cost a fifth-round pick to get Smith. Smith would reunite with new Oakland offensive coordinator Hue Jackson. If Jackson thinks Smith has a chance to develop, it might be worth the Raiders time to pursue him. I’d think Smith would offer good competition to Bruce Gradkowski and JaMarcus Russell.

Dan from Syracuse wants to know why running back Justin Fargas was released in Oakland.

BW: The Raiders said he failed a physical, but Fargas maintains it was a financial move. I believe Fargas. Oakland owed him a $1.7 million bonus. This was all about money and nothing else.