AFC West mailbag

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Weekend mail call:

Leialoha from San Diego wants to know if Matt Cassel's contract will impact Philip Rivers' negotiations with the Chargers.

Bill Williamson: Cassel's huge contract - he will get paid more than $40 million guaranteed in three years - was surely noted by Rivers and his agents. He is due to be a free agent after this season. He and the Chargers have chatted some about a deal, but from what I hear, there is nothing on the horizon. There is plenty of time and if a deal isn't finalized by next year, he will, in all likelihood, end up being given the franchise tag by San Diego. I wouldn't be surprised if both the Chargers and Rivers' agents are waiting to see what kind of extension Eli Manning may get from the Giants before doing anything. While getting Rivers extended is surely a priority for the Chargers, there is plenty of time before a decision has to be made.

John from Shingle Springs, Ca. is not happy that the NFL draft will be a three-day affair now and the first round will be shown in prime time in the East Coast on a Thursday night. John believes a West Coast bias may be at work.

BW: You make an interesting point, John. Look, the NFL and television networks are going to do what they think is best for coverage and revenue. The NFL draft has become a major attraction for television. So, clearly, the powers that be believe making it a prime-time affair during the week is a good move. But I feel your pain. I think your only choice is to skip out of work early once a year on a Thursday afternoon. Or move to the East Coast, of course. Good luck. Hang in there.

Big J in Sacramento wants to know if the Chiefs still have time to make a run at Arizona receiver Anquan Boldin.

BW: It's never too late. But the Boldin saga has been going on for a long long time. I am not sure there is any reason to believe that there will be a break now. If anything happens, it will likely result in Boldin signing a long-term contract with the Cardinals, taking him off the market. I don't think the Chiefs can count on getting Boldin. Kansas City will probably go into the season with Dwayne Bowe, Bobby Engram and Mark Bradley as their top veteran receivers.