Dec 29, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; St. Louis Rams quarterback Kellen Clemens (10) throws the ball during the second half against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Seattle won 27-9. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers Sign QB Kellen Clemens, Whitehurst Heads to Tennessee


Charlie Whitehurst is leaving the San Diego Chargers and he is taking his clipboard with him. He will be joining Ken Whisenhunt and the Tennessee Titans as their backup quarterback or possibly their starting quarterback. Who knows what the heck they are doing over there.

According to Jim Wyatt, Whitehurst signed a 2-year deal that could be worth $8 million. How does Whitehurst do these things?

In a move to counter the loss of Whitehurst, the Chargers signed Kellen Clemens to a deal, per Ian Rapoport. He started 21 games in the NFL and will be used as the new clipboard holder for Philip Rivers. Clemens is a much better option than Whitehurst was and is likely a cheaper option than Whitehurst.  Clemens started 9 games for the Rams last season for the injured Sam Bradford and will be brought into games after the Chargers are kicking the butts of other teams and he will be used to kneel the ball down to ensure that Philip Rivers is injury free on those kneel downs.

Brad Sorensen will compete for that backup job in training camp.

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  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    Um ya! CBJ got 8 mil? good God he works his miracles everywhere he goes.

    • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

      For a backup his stats were pretty decent last year, I hope we didn’t give him 4 mil we don’t have though. That would bLOWWWWW

  • Julien Bélair

    wow 4 millions a year for him ! unbelievable !!

  • Padraigh Keogh

    What are we doing improving a good offence and no touching our bad secondary. QB, RB, TE and a LB for defense. Don’t get me wrong glad CBJ is gone.

    • Julien Bélair

      well keeping our offence as good or better than last year isn’t a bad idea. The fa is not over plus we will draft heavy on D

    • Lee

      i think TT is waiting for the draft to address those needs

      • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

        I think were looking young and fast draft maybe 5 defensive players a WR and a Guard

        • Lee

          thats my guess as well

          • Stefanie Smith

            Do you think it is a good idea to have an inexperienced kid being our starting CB right out of college?

          • Lee

            would you rather pay someone ~$10 mill a year with cap space we dont have?

        • Padraigh Keogh

          Yeah. The way it looks now is that Nix is gonna be the guy we will be focusing on in first. Cb in second, receiver/guard in third/fourth round.

  • Calman21

    We are building on the one thing we can do well…keep the other team off the field. Our defense is not going to be a juggernaut this year. We are up against the cap and we will likely have a better defense but I would be surprised if we cracked the top half in rankings.

    • Julien Bélair

      remember when we thought that D will be better than our O in 2013

      • Calman21

        Yea…I was saying WTF for the first 3 or 4 games. Then I just accepted that the D was going to be bad especially once Freeney went down. That first play of the season got all my hopes up only to have them crushed.

        • Julien Bélair

          weird …

      • Stefanie Smith

        I remember that. And we were so glad when the new regime kept Pagano! lol for stability.

        • Julien Bélair

          Honestly with all the injury … Hey we played a game without Butler Teo Ingram Johnson and freeney haha! Pagano did the best he could with what he had I think… He is not perfect but he did well

          • Stefanie Smith

            You are right. Pagano did do the best he could with scrubs and a mess of players missing.

          • Julien Bélair

            He was very creative for time to time especially during the colts game

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            Then he would inexplicably scrap that good plan, and go back to putting his players 30 yards off the receiver again.

          • Julien Bélair

            Ya why !!!!!! I never figured out why he keeps doing that when the opposite was working!

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            If we knew.. we would sign better players for him. Apparently, he needs “all rounders” to succeed.

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            No he didn’t… he repeatedly took entire games to figure out that something worked, and when he realized it worked, he suddenly changed it all up. He merely did JUST enough to keep his job.

          • Julien Bélair

            kinda true

          • Boltsforlife

            Wow man how do you know these things??? You should submit your resume to the Bolts for Defensive coordinator. I’m sure your the missing link there. Lmao

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            I have two eyes, a brain in my head, and I am not a stubborn old mule who would refuse to deviate from a game-plan that CLEARLY wasn’t playing to the strengths of my players. Anything else, Mr. Clever? Or did you just stop in here to be a dick?

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            No no no no no… sorry .. not a chance.

        • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

          I wasn’t happy that they kept Pagano. I remember everyone hoping we got Lovie, and we could do away with Pagano.. lol. At least that is what I “think” I remember.. lol.

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    The Clipboard works in mysterious ways “I can teach young Locker many things, come watch as I show him the ways of Phillip Rivers in SD” and they said to him “Here’s 8 Million”

    • Julien Bélair

      I think he said : watch my hair man so soft and shinny

      • Stefanie Smith

        I just choked on my soda here on that one.

        • Julien Bélair

          haha ;)

      • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

        ^This!!!! “Do you like my 6 o’clock shadow? It works miracles”.

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      Hahahaha!!!!

  • Nick Mansoor

    Saaaaaaay Whaaaaaaaat!!! Did that just happen!?!?! Thank God Clipboard Jesus is gone… See what I did their? God, Jesus lol

  • JoseSD

    I like Brad Sorensen, hopefully by final cuts we only carry 2 QBs and Sorensen is the backup. One a side note…does anyone know if cutting English results in a cap penalty?

    • Padraigh Keogh

      Not sure but he is owed $1.5m this year and is free next year. Can’t find his contract details. Every other player is listed.

      • JoseSD

        That’s why im curious to know if there’s a cap penalty if not cut him loose already

        • Padraigh Keogh

          Found it. We save $1.54m. $800k bonus and $2.4m is the cap hit.

          • JoseSD

            I know he gets 1.54 what I wanna know is if releasing him would just free up 1.54 or is there still money left guaranteed to him where we get a cap hit like with Meachem and Gaither. or does releasing him just free up the money with no cap hit

          • Stefanie Smith

            You’re looking at the dead money issue. When they release somebody or cut him, then any signing bonus or roster bonus comes due. I believe they can designate a June 1st cut date, and delay a portion of it to the following year. The rules are convoluted and seem complicated to me. Plus there would be a bigger hit if we owed the guy any guaranteed money still. I believe that they do have that available under “player contracts” at overthecap.com. Cannot vouch as to how accurate everything is right now, though.

          • Padraigh Keogh

            We owe him $800,000 approx if released.

        • arnie

          Not gonna happen. Same last season Chargers will carry 3 QB’s.

          • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

            Gotta have at least 2 homies to hang out with all season, I get it.

  • tubbs45

    Problem(s) solved…. Now we can rest comfortably cause Clemens is signed… whew!!!!

    http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y462/staffpicks/Animated_GIFs/anigif_idc-17858-1311881440-1.gif

    • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

      Now we know 1 thing for sure: Were not drafting a backup QB

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      This might be my favorite GIF Tubbs.. keep using it please = )

  • Stefanie Smith

    Don’t get me wrong here, but what actually was the compelling need to sign this guy today? We can’t get a CB, but we must sign a back up QB today? We really didn’t need to get this done immediately. Wonder why he decided on this guy now. I mean, we do still have Sorensen. There was no urgent need today.

    • Julien Bélair

      good observation

      • Stefanie Smith

        I think TT has a bug about Whisenhunt and the Titans. No facts to base this on, just a feeling. He reacted and signed this Clemens guy because the Whiz took Whitehurst. I don’t want anyone getting worked up here. Just a thought.

        • Calman21

          I think he picked up a camp body that may or may not get a spot on the roster. I would bet that the contact has almost zero money guaranteed. He probably wanted a solid back-up and Clemens is that.

          • Julien Bélair

            agreed

          • Stefanie Smith

            Clemens is a legit back up QB. I mean, he did actually start for the Rams. Why the need and big hurry to sign this guy now? We already have Sorensen and it is not like it had to be done right away when Whitehurst got signed by Whiz and the Titans.

            You’re right, most likely. But it looks reactionary. Or at least that is how the media is portraying it. Can’t get a CB, but we have to get the back up camp QB signed today. Weird.

          • Julien Bélair

            Sorenson isn’t a solid back up yet and he can’t help to analyse what is going on just yet though

          • JoseSD

            First your mad cause they don’t sign anyone and then you’re mad.cause they do sign someone “today” how do you know it was a reaction? CBJ has been a free agent the whole time and of the free agent QBs with starting experience Clemens is the only affordable one. Weeden, Jason Campbell, Vick would want too much money. Kevin Kolb failed his physical. signing a random backup would be like having 2 Sorensens. I really wish they’d take a look at CBS like Thurmond or Chris Harris but Thurmond is visiting the 49ers today and of the impact Corners left DRC already turned down the Broncos according to some report so I think his price tag is too high. I think with a CB or NT signing they would do enough maybe take Terrence Cody. But id rather have a vet CB to pair with s high rookie pick corner. A DT rookie is easier to start than a rookie CB

          • Calman21

            Probably is not 100% sold on Sorenson yet. He likely wanted a vet until he feels more comfortable, plus he got a solid back-up at a really good price.

        • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

          Telesco – “Take THAT Charlie & Ken!!!!!”
          Staff – “No.. no.. no… Tom.. the Broncos.. you need to stick it to the Broncos!!!”
          Telesco – “Oh!!! Sorry guys…. How do I stick it to them again?”

          • Julien Bélair

            staff : just read Boltbeats’ blog they tell you what to do over there

          • Stefanie Smith

            Don’t you think it is weird that Ken never brings up the Chargers? I swear they were fighting with him at the end. lol

          • Julien Bélair

            I think that too… it’s a shame

          • Stefanie Smith

            I have tears in my eyes from laughing.

          • Julien Bélair

            :P

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            If they did… I would never be invited back to the press level, and I’d be at the hospital in traction from Clary.

          • Stefanie Smith

            I literally spit out soda all over the place. Stop! Now!

    • blu3ny3llow

      I think he just doesn’t wanna be like the Colts when Manning got hurt n Painter had to step in. How did that work out for them. Also some competition for Sorensen. I do hope Sorensen beats him out but Clemens has the starting experience on his side though.

      • Stefanie Smith

        Today? We still had plenty of time and there are plenty of back up QBs out there. This was not an urgent need that needed to be done right now. But hey, Kellen is set up and ready to go. 2 year deal – $3 mill.

        • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

          Everyday is a good day to replace Clipboard!!!

          • Stefanie Smith

            Yeah, as he is teaching Jake Locker how to style his hair.

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            Lol….

          • Julien Bélair

            ya locker does lack hair style or style or skills

          • Julien Bélair

            can’t disagree with that

          • Stefanie Smith

            Okay, Pete. I will play along. Great signing!

          • Julien Bélair

            You rarely are positive !

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    Wad up with a new nickname? I got nothing

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      Hopefully it doesn’t end up being “Clemens chucks Lemons”?
      I dunno… I got nothing right now.

      • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

        ya he doesn’t even have beautiful hair, I don’t know what to tell ya buddy.

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      How about “The Seatwarmer”. PR gets up.. he sits down.. Philip comes back.. he gets up.. nice n’ cozy if yer in New England in winter = )

  • Stefanie Smith

    “The team on Thursday announced that former St. Louis Rams signal-caller Kellen Clemens has agreed to terms on a two-year, $3 million contract with the Bolts.”

    • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

      That’s not bad, should have waited 15 mins and got little Ryan Fitzpatrick

      • Stefanie Smith

        Didn’t really need to spend it now anyway. This was not crucial to get done today. But hey, we have our Kellen Clemens all set up and ready to go.

  • Preston Niedert

    Caption is signing with the Vikings 3yr deal there goes anthor CB off the board.

    • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

      Tillman? Let it be Tillman TT

      • JoseSD

        Id like to see Thurmond or even Chris Harris from the Broncos. He’s a solid cover Guy but he’s aggressive I like the way he jumps routes and comes up with incompletions or picks

    • Julien Bélair

      don’t care we don’t need a CB anyway ! wait….

      • arnie

        CBJ could do it….

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    Awe Clipboard, I’ll never forget the day Norv pulled PR out before that preseason game last second and threw you in because the entire O-line was hurt and you stepped in and were sacked 150 times and knew it was coming………I’ll never forget that 1 heroic day in Charger history.

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      Bwahahaha… poor guy… wait.. how many millions of dollars did he get for that five minutes of play? Can I be Rivers’ back-up?

      • Julien Bélair

        it depends… how long are your hairs ?

        • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

          On top, or down below? If it’s not the top.. I’m in the running = D

          • Julien Bélair

            haha

  • Preston Niedert

    Two free agents in the same day that’s odd? The chargers have been signing one free agent a day what’s up?

    • Julien Bélair

      they are on fire 2 high profile players ! Clemens have a real shot to be the starter this year. and we all know that Butler will be bench for Connor

  • CALiFORNiAkiD

    Panthers have not shown any interest in Nicks.

    it’s between the Bolts & Colts

    • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

      Ya buddy, I don’t know how we can afford him but Ya!

      • Julien Bélair

        by putting the cap on the next years I guess

      • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

        7 letters C-U-T C-L-A-R-Y.

        • Julien Bélair

          WHAT!!??!!?? he is our best player

        • Gunnar Martin

          AMEN TO THAT.

    • Julien Bélair

      If he doesn’t sign tomorrow with the colts he will be a Charger

      • Gunnar Martin

        Nicks? I don’t believe that.

    • Preston Niedert

      Any new news on Steve smith ravens are talking to him but no deal on the table yet. Have the chargers reached out to him yet?

      • Derek

        Ravens trying to make sure he doesn’t leave getting aggressive

        • Preston Niedert

          He’ll sign there goes anthor WR off the board what about nicks
          he visting Indy right?

  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    What’s Charlie’s new vanity plate going to be? I’ll start. “8ML2YRS”

    • FitzWilly

      I guess we finally have the answer to
      What would CBJ do :)
      wiz and jebus, together again

    • Derek

      Je$u$

      • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

        YES!!! Don’t forget the CB in front! “CBJE$U$”.. that’s it! Nobody even try beating that.. it’s pointless… Derek nailed it!

        • FitzWilly

          amen

  • CALiFORNiAkiD

    Lamarr Woodley and Justin Tuck headed to Oakland
    Mckenzie not spending crazy instead getting good solid veterans.

    • Gunnar Martin

      Tuck always seemed like a Raider to me, seeing as how I’ve always despised the guy. Doesn’t look like that will change anytime soon…

  • Tazzster

    I have cap questions:

    1. Is it a hard cap? Or can you go over with penalty?

    2. When do you need to be under? Always? At the start of the season?

    3. And how does it work if say… you sign a 3rd quarterback and then decide to only keep 2 at the end of the presaeason. what happens to that 3rd guys salary…. does it count against your cap?

    • Stefanie Smith

      You get a penalty as the Skins, Raiders and Dallas received. When this occurs, I do not know, though. He has a two year deal. I imagine any bonus or guaranteed money counts against the cap. Yes.

  • FitzWilly

    Stan Jr for Mayor
    fuck “my darling Clemen-tine”

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      AND we have our first nick-name!

      • FitzWilly

        hopefully he can turn out be Meadowlark Clemen

  • Julien Bélair

    thurmond visiting niners..

    • Gunnar Martin

      So he never signed with Jax?

      • Julien Bélair

        nop

  • navw21

    Michael Gehlken ‏@UTgehlken 1m

    Chargers announce two additions: ex-Bengals CB Brandon Ghee and LB Reggie Walker. Walker on team in 2013. Both two-year deals.

    • Gunnar Martin

      Man, they do not like signing guys to one year deals, do they? All multi-year deals so far. Maybe TT just doesn’t want to add on to the plethora of free agents we’re already set to have next offseason.

  • Joel Ayala

    So long CBJ. I guess he holds that clipboard like no other to keep getting these good contracts. Lol

  • Preston Niedert

    Reggie walker and Brandon ghee sign two year deals both are ex bengals.

    • Gunnar Martin

      Ghee is a former Bengal, but Walker isn’t. He was with Arizona before he came to SD.

  • navw21

    Derek Cox signs one year deal with Vikings. Signed with us on the same day last year. Significantly less money though.

    • FitzWilly

      Cold Cox
      BaZinga :)

  • joerockt

    Godspeed, Clipboard Jesus. We hardly knew ye…