AFC West mailbag

Midweek mail call:

Mike from Oakland wants to know if Richard Seymour will sign a contract extension with Oakland.

Bill Williamson: I think it is a case of when, not if. Oakland needs to extend Seymour to a long-term deal since it traded its 2011 first-round pick to New England for him in September. The Raiders have a history of paying whatever it takes to keep their players. Seymour will stay in Oakland. I wouldn’t be surprised if a new deal is struck this summer.

Brian from Colorado Springs wants to know the status of Denver left tackle Ryan Clady's knee injury.

BW: Clady partially tore the patella tendon in his knee while playing basketball in April. The team is hopeful that Clady will return when the regular season starts in September. However, in the past, it has taken players at least six months to return after having surgery for this injury. So, Clady could miss a few games. If so, Denver will miss him dearly. Clady is one of the best offensive linemen in the NFL.

Chris from Portland wants to know what’s going on with Oakland’s new linebacking crew:

BW: Oakland is looking at starting three new linebackers. It drafted middle linebacker Rolando McClain to take over for Kirk Morrison, who was traded to the Jaguars. Trevor Scott, moved from defensive end last year, is going to be given the chance to replace Thomas Howard at an outside spot and Oakland acquired Kamerion Wimbley from Cleveland to play another outside spot. This has the potential to be a very athletic group and a versatile one. McClain could be a defensive centerpiece and a fine run-stuffer. The Raiders hope Wimbley and Scott provide a pass-rush spark. Still, the two outside linebackers could be challenged in pass coverage.