AFC West mailbag

Weekend mail call:

Rich from Oregon wants to know if I think Oakland second-year offensive lineman Bruce Campbell will get a chance to compete for a starting job in 2011.

Bill Williamson: I think there’s no doubt Campbell, a fourth-round pick in 2010, will get a chance to earn playing time. He is versatile and could play both guard and tackle. I could see him getting an immediate chance at guard. Campbell is a big, athletic project who could give some life to one of the weaker spots on Oakland’s roster.

Eli Goldsmith from Pasadena, Calif., wants to know if I think the Chargers could sign receiver Vincent Jackson to a long-term deal this offseason.

BW: I know there is a feeling among some close to Jackson that the Chargers will give him the franchise tag. I think that's probably the best chance for San Diego to keep Jackson, assuming franchise tags are still a part of the new collective bargaining agreement. The Chargers were reluctant to give him a long-term deal during the previous season and I bet they are still a bit reluctant. Perhaps if Jackson has a productive 2011 season and doesn’t have any off-field issues, the Chargers would be interested in giving him a new deal in 2012.

Jerry from Denver wants to know if I think fullback Mike Karney, who is being cut by St. Louis, could land with the Broncos.

BW: I think Denver will be one of the teams Karney targets. The fullback is a dying breed, but coach John Fox runs a power running offense, so there may be room for a player like Karney in Denver. I don’t see him as being a priority signing, but I can see the Broncos being interested.