The Los Angeles Chargers are reportedly keeping around last year’s backup to QB Philip Rivers.
According to San Diego Union-Tribune’s Michael Gehlken, the Chargers have re-signed QB Kellen Clemens.
Chargers agreed to one-year contract with QB Kellen Clemens, source said. Will be his fourth season behind Philip Rivers.
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) March 9, 2017
Clemens signed with the Chargers in 2014 and will remain with the team for another season (barring training camp cuts). Clemens is 33 years old and should not be trusted in your starting lineup, but at least he knows the offense should anything happen (knock on wood).
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The Chargers have tried other options in the past in regards to the backup QB position. Zach Mettenberger, the Titans’ sixth-round pick in 2014, was signed by the Chargers last season to compete for the job, while Chargers 2013 seventh-rounder Brad Sorensen also had his chance; both were cut prior to the 2016 season after failing to surpass Clemens.
The Chargers really need to start looking for Rivers’ successor. Perhaps the Chargers find a potential replacement in the 2017 NFL Draft.
In other news, the Chargers also re-signed long snapper Mike Windt to a four-year, $4.41 extension, per Gehlken. Every team needs a long snapper, and the 30-year-old Windt, who’s been with the Chargers since 2010, brings continuity.