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What the Chargers should look for in their next quarterback

CARSON, CA - DECEMBER 22: Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers gestures as he can't hear the play call because of noise in the second half of the game against the Oakland Raiders at Dignity Health Sports Park on December 22, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - DECEMBER 22: Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers gestures as he can't hear the play call because of noise in the second half of the game against the Oakland Raiders at Dignity Health Sports Park on December 22, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
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KANSAS CITY, MO – DECEMBER 29: Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers runs up the tunnel after the Chargers loss 31-21 to the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on December 29, 2019, in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO – DECEMBER 29: Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers runs up the tunnel after the Chargers loss 31-21 to the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on December 29, 2019, in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)

While it’s not official yet, it has been reported that the Los Angeles Chargers have informed Philip Rivers they will move on from him.

Should the reports be true, and the Chargers move on from Philip Rivers this offseason, it would mark an end of an era for the team. Rivers has started every single official game for the Chargers since the 2006 season when he took over for Drew Brees.

This is a development that is polarizing many Chargers fans. This is no surprise, as Rivers has always been the kind of player that you either love or hate, with almost no in-between. Many are ready to move on, while many others are reluctant to try a different quarterback.

Regardless of one’s take on the matter, there is little the average fan can do besides supporting Rivers in the next stage of his illustrious career and supporting the next Chargers quarterback.

Luckily for the Chargers, the 2020 NFL offseason is a great year to acquire a new quarterback, whether it’s a free agent or a draft pick.

It’s not the most talented free-agent class out there, but it’s certainly one of the deepest in recent years. There is a lot of quality to be found in players like Teddy Bridgewater, Marcus Mariota, Ryan Tannehill, Jameis Winston, Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Rivers himself.

This is also a very deep quarterback class in the draft, with many high potential prospects and pro-ready talent like Joe Burrow, Tua Tagovailoa, Justin Herbert, Jordan Love, Jake Fromm, Jacob Eason and Jalen Hurts, who are all projected to be picked in either round one or two.

With the sixth overall pick in the draft and plenty of cap space, the Chargers have the opportunity to go almost any way they desire. Should the Chargers opt to select a quarterback in the draft that’s not ready to start yet, they have Tyrod Tayor under contract, who could be a bridge quarterback for a season or even more.

With all this freedom to address the position, a question remains to be asked.

What should the Chargers look for in their next quarterback?

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