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5 former Chargers who could renew careers in a new football league

SAN DIEGO, CA - NOVEMBER 09: Steve Johnson #11 of the San Diego Chargers reacts to a play against the Chicago Bears at Qualcomm Stadium on November 9, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - NOVEMBER 09: Steve Johnson #11 of the San Diego Chargers reacts to a play against the Chicago Bears at Qualcomm Stadium on November 9, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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SAN DIEGO, CA – SEPTEMBER 18: Kellen Clemens Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images
SAN DIEGO, CA – SEPTEMBER 18: Kellen Clemens Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

Kellen Clemens

You laughed when you saw this name, but a team in the AAF or XFL might not.

Kellen Clemens was on an NFL roster all the way through last season. Though the Chargers cut him following the preseason, they brought him right back, showing little confidence in Cardale Jones as the primary backup quarterback.

A 12-year NFL veteran, Clemens has a wealth of knowledge he pass on to another organization.

Is he going to be brought in to be the face of a franchise or even a starting quarterback? No, he doesn’t possess that level of talent anymore. Maybe he never did in the NFL, but in a new league, a veteran quarterback would be good for every team.

These new leagues will have what are the equivalent of expansion teams playing in them. Back in 1995, the last time the NFL expanded, both the Carolina Panthers and Jacksonville Jaguars made sure to add a veteran quarterback in the expansion draft. The Jaguars grabbed Steve Beuerlein while the Panthers selected both Doug Pederson (current Eagles head coach) and Jack Trudeau.

Of course, both teams had designs on finding a franchise quarterback early in their existence as the Panthers drafted Kerry Collins in 1995 and the Jaguars traded for Mark Brunell. Those veteran arms were still valuable.

This would be the same idea.

Clemens is a knowledgeable player who can, at the very least, help a young quarterback prepare for gameday. He was doing that with Philip Rivers as a member of the Chargers.

If a team in one of these new leagues is in a pinch due to injury or the starting quarterback is having a bad day at the office, it might be a relief for a coach to look over his shoulder and see a guy who has appeared in 64 NFL games standing there.

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