With Tyrod Taylor, Easton Stick and a new potential rookie to be named with the 6th overall pick, it doesn’t make much sense for the Chargers to bring in another Quarterback in free agency. There are quite a few intriguing prospects on the market to be sure, but at what cost? Why would the Chargers let go of Philip Rivers, the player who has lead this team since 2004, just to let another veteran come in? He is as good a player as anyone else on the list below and actually means something to the franchise. The only way the Chargers move on from Philip Rivers is to draft the Quarterback of the future. Tyrod is the perfect placeholder to bridge the gap at a price the team can afford. Stick is an intriguing prospect, though his role remains unknown, outside of mimicking mobile quarterbacks on the scout team for the defense.
It seems like every quarterback has been linked to the Bolts who have the cap space to take on a major contract. Most simply just do not make sense. Anthony Lynn values mobile quarterbacks and is looking for a guy who can get scramble to keep plays alive. Teddy Bridgewater and Cam Newton fit the bill, but will both be expensive options. Tom Brady to Los Angeles only makes sense at selling tickets in the new stadium. Matthew Stafford is really just a younger Philip Rivers. With the Chargers picking 6th overall, this is the time for them to get their signal caller for the next decade. The team has the weapons for him to succeed, though protecting him should be the top priority. Here is a quick list of top available players:
- Tom Brady
- Teddy Bridgewater
- Cam Newton (via trade)
- Matthew Stafford (via trade)
- Philip Rivers
- Jameis Winston
- Marcus Mariota
- Ryan Tannehill
- Dak Prescott (Likely to be Franchise tagged)
- Drew Brees (Likely back with the Saints)
- Taysom Hill
As intriguing as the headlines are for top Quarterbacks on the market, please, don’t do it. Stay the ship with Tyrod and groom the player you draft. The Chargers have a great opportunity here to not only draft the quarterback of the future, but to establish a fanbase in Los Angeles. There are a ton of fans of Tua Tagovailoa and drafting him after his gruesome injury could help bring fans to the team. He is just as talented as any player in college football history. Justin Herbert is a west coast player through and through, with as high a ceiling as any player in college and he played in the Pac-12. While unlikely, Joe Burrow is the Heisman winner and the most ready to start day 1. Jordan Love has shown flashes and could be the biggest sleeper/steal depending on where he’s taken. There are 4 legit options and I would be happy with either of them at 6th overall
Ideal Scenario: Chargers do not pick up a free agent and open the season with Tyrod Taylor under center. The Chargers draft a rookie and bring him on toward the end of the year, if not next year depending on Tyrod’s play.