The San Diego Chargers have a sure thing at the quarterback position, as Philip Rivers will be entering his 13th season. On Wednesday, the Chargers made it clear they are content with the backup quarterback spot too.
Kellen Clemens has re-signed with the team, as reported by the team’s official website. The move went largely unnoticed on a day when the Chargers were busy with transactions. Antonio Gates was re-signed and the team brought in free agents Brandon Mebane, Travis Benjamin and Dwight Lowery.
Welcome back, Kellen Clemens!
We've signed the QB to a one-year contract.
— San Diego Chargers (@Chargers) March 10, 2016
Clemens has attempted just nine passes in two seasons in San Diego, where he will get at least one more year as the team’s emergency plan in case of an injury to Rivers. However, Clemens has proven that he is a capable quarterback in the past.
A former second-round pick of the New York Jets, Clemens has appeared in 44 career games for the Jets, Rams and Chargers. He has a career quarterback rating of 69.5.
The Chargers have their top two quarterbacks in place, but that doesn’t mean they should stop searching. If the right opportunity should come up in April’s draft, the Chargers should consider making a move. Since drafting Eli Manning in 2004 and trading him for Rivers, the Chargers have drafted just three quarterbacks, Charlie Whitehurst, Jonathan Crompton and Brad Sorenson, who is the team’s third-string quarterback at the moment.
Rivers is 34 years old. Clemens is obviously just being kept because he is an experienced backup. At some point, the Chargers need to find a player they can groom for the future. The time to make that decision isn’t necessarily this draft, but it’s soon.