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Let’s see what’s in the mailbag this week.

Sean McMann from Pittsburgh and Ryan from Cincinnati wants to know if free-agent safety Oshiomogho Atogwe is a possibility for the Bengals.

James Walker: Don’t count on it, Sean. The Bengals recently made a move to sign Gibril Wilson and brought back veteran Roy Williams. They also looked into Ken Hamlin. So I don’t see Cincinnati making any major additions at safety barring an injury. Atogwe reportedly is interested in $7 million per season. If Cincinnati wants to spend that kind of money at this point, the team would be better off extending its own players like soon-to-be free agents Johnathan Joseph or Cedric Benson.

Josh Curtis from Idaho Falls, Idaho, writes: Due to the inexperience the Browns have at their safety position, why hasn’t Ken Hamlin been brought in for a visit?

Walker: The Browns seem content with their safety situation, Josh. Don’t forget that veteran starter Abram Elam is still in the fold, despite the unhappiness with his contract. Cleveland spent two draft picks on safeties with hopes that at least one (T.J. Ward?) steps into a starting role. If the Browns signed Hamlin, it would be counterproductive to the plan.

Arthur from Baltimore writes: What’s the deal with Kelley Washington?

Walker: Washington was not tendered and now is an unrestricted free agent. The Ravens added Anquan Boldin and Donte’ Stallworth this offseason and, barring injury, probably feel comfortable with the receivers they have.

Sulaiman Jilani from New Jersey writes: Will the Steelers make the playoffs if they go possibly 4-2 in their first six games 3-1 in their first four games?

Walker: If the Steelers win three or four games during Ben Roethlisberger’s suspension, they would be in great shape. If that’s the case, yes, I think the Steelers will make the playoffs. But I’d be surprised if Pittsburgh starts off that fast without “Big Ben.”

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