Mailbag: Jones-Drew a Raider in 2014?

Weekend mail call:

Tom Giovino from Port Charlotte, Fla., wants to know if the Oakland Raiders could sign Jacksonville running back Maurice Jones-Drew in 2014 as a free agent.

Bill Williamson: It’s an interesting thought. Jones-Drew is from Oakland and has a history with Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson, who was previously in Jacksonville. Plus, current Oakland starting running back Darren McFadden will also be a free agent. If McFadden doesn’t bounce back from a poor 2012 season and/or injuries continue to haunt him, Oakland could be looking for a replacement. But there are some obstacles. The Raiders will have plenty of salary-cap room, but they aren’t going to spend wildly just to do it. Jones-Drew will be 29 next year and has had some off-field questions, so I don’t think it would be a slam dunk. But it is certainly worth keeping an eye on.

Kevin Locke from Oceanside, Calif., wants to know if I think the Chargers are headed in the right direction.

BW: In the long term, yes. I like the direction the new brass is taking. The plan is good -- but I’m not sure how good the Chargers will be in 2012. They still have some holes. But I do expect the new staff to get quarterback Philip Rivers on track. Overall, the defense is solid. Perhaps the team can surprise.

Jarrett Burns from Wichita, Kan., wants to know if I think the Chiefs can win 10 games and make the playoffs.

BW: Going from 2-14 to 10-6 is not easy. But the Chiefs have a strong roster and improved greatly on the coaching staff and at quarterback. It wouldn’t be shocking if this team made that type of drastic improvement. Still, simply counting on a team to improve by eight wins is not always wise.