Mid-week mail call:
David from Hollywood, Fla., wants to know if there is any word about a possible suspension for San Diego star receiver Vincent Jackson stemming from his pleading guilty to a DUI, his second guilty plea to a DUI in four years, this offseason.
Bill Williamson: I expect Jackson to get suspended. I’d expect it to be announced at any time. There is no rush, but I think both Jackson and the Chargers are expecting him to be punished. If I had to guess, I’d say he is probably going to get a four-game suspension to start the season. The Chargers will miss him. Jackson is a dynamic part of San Diego’s offense.
Mike from Las Vegas wants to know want type of contract should we expect Denver to give star linebacker Elvis Dumervil.
BW: I think Dumervil will look at the recent deals signed by fellow star linebackers DeMarcus Ware in Dallas and Patrick Willis in San Francisco. Ware signed a six-year, $78 million deal with $40 million guaranteed and Willis signed a five-year, $50 million deal with $29 million in guaranteed money. Dumervil will likely push for a Ware-like deal since they are both pass rushers. Dumervil led the NFL with 17 sacks last season. In the end, I think Dumervil will certainly break the bank although I’m not sure he’ll quite get Ware-type money. But Denver wants to get this deal done. I expect a deal to be finalized by the time free agency starts next March. Dumervil, 26, is currently a restricted free agent, who has not signed his tender. He has been working out with the team, though.
Michael Mejia from Lajunta, Colo., wants to know what type of year I expect Oakland safety Tyvon Branch to have.
BW: The third-year player is intriguing. He had an outstanding season in 2009. Branch had 124 tackles in his first full season as a starter. I expect him to continue to improve. He is an instinctive player, who is not afraid to stick his nose into the play. If Branch continues to make strides, he could end up being a Pro Bowl-caliber player within the next few seasons.