Chargers Free Agency

LA Chargers: Ranking potential free-agent QB options for team

TAMPA, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 29: Jameis Winston #3 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers scrambles with the ball against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half at Raymond James Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 29: Jameis Winston #3 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers scrambles with the ball against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half at Raymond James Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
facebooktwitterreddit
7 of 10
LANDOVER, MD – NOVEMBER 18: Alex Smith #11 of the Washington Redskins throws a pass in the first half against the Houston Texans at FedExField on November 18, 2018, in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD – NOVEMBER 18: Alex Smith #11 of the Washington Redskins throws a pass in the first half against the Houston Texans at FedExField on November 18, 2018, in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

No. 6 (tie)

Case Keenum and Alex Smith

Case Keenum and Alex Smith come in at a tie for the No. 6 spot. Both Washington Redskins quarterbacks offer a potential bonus on different grounds.

Keenum showed that with a capable offense he is able to lead and show motions of being a great leader. When he was in Minnesota with receivers like Steffon Diggs and Adam Theilen., he led the team to an 11-3 record with his starts and also had 3,547 yards and a 22-7 touchdown to interception ratio. The Chargers offer more options and a better run game, allowing Keenum to take a lot of pressure from his back.

Having Keenum will also allow a more team-friendly contract to be reached as well. Keenum is a career backup who has shown flashes as a leader. The Chargers can tap into that potential with a quick deal contract signing him on a one-year, $8-11 million deal.

Likeliness – 5

Potential Fit – C+

Now looking at Smith, he is one of the best-regarded leaders in the NFL. Given credit for building what is now the reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs, he spent five years there and showed nothing but consistency.

Never throwing more than eight interceptions in a season there. Now there have been a lot of concerns after his most recent gruesome injury and he has shown that he is willing to come back and play stronger after taking the 2019 season to heal up.

We established his leadership ability, though there will most likely be a lack of mobility due to the injuries; the Chargers are most interested in the lack of turnovers.

Smith offers a lot of the great qualities a team would need, but that would come at a premium price. In the 2020 season, the cap hit for Smith would be $21.4 million dollars meaning the Redskins would be most likely trade him rather than release him.

Though it is unlikely that the Chargers trade away assets to acquire him I believe that if they do they would benefit greatly.

Likeliness -5

Potential Fit – B+

facebooktwitterreddit