Mailbag: Sean Payton to AFC West?

Mid-week mail call:

Eric from Cincinnati wants to know if New Orleans coach Sean Payton could end up coaching in the AFC West in 2013.

Bill Williamson: I’d doubt it. It sounds like he's staying in New Orleans. If he does bolt, the Dallas Cowboys have to be considered the favorite landing spot. There could be openings in both San Diego and in Kansas City, but I doubt either team would win a bidding war for Payton, who looks like he could be the coaching prize of the offseason.

Matt McBeth from El Cajon, Calif., wants to know if I think quarterback Alex Tanney has a future with the Chiefs.

BW: Probably not. He is on the injured reserve now, so the team will likely give him another look in the offseason. He doesn’t project as a potential starter, but stranger things have happened. The Chiefs will probably need to look elsewhere for a young quarterback.

Steve Blecha from San Francisco wants to know if I think D.J. Williams could be used some at middle linebacker when he returns from his NFL suspension next week.

BW: It’s a possibility since Williams can play all three spots. He is versatile and Denver will likely sprinkle him where he is needed as he shakes off the rust. Williams is better at weakside, but with Wesley Woodyard playing at a high level, having Williams get some snaps in the middle may not be a bad idea.