LA Chargers free agents that will walk: 4. Tyrod Taylor
We all thought that Tyrod Taylor was going to be the starting quarterback for most of the season as he was slated to do so. However, a freak accident in which the team doctor accidentally punctured Taylor’s lung opened the door for Justin Herbert and the rest is history.
This definitely was an unfair situation for Taylor. As good as Herbert was, and it definitely was the right decision, Taylor never even got a chance to lose his job. He was 1-0 as a starter with the Chargers and lost the job because of something completely out of his control.
It is time for Taylor to pursue a new opportunity and I doubt he is going to re-sign with the Chargers to be Herbert’s backup, especially with a coaching overhaul. He either needs to go somewhere where he has a chance to start, or somewhere where he has connections (perhaps wherever Anthony Lynn is hired).
I broke down the five best landing spots for Tyrod in a separate article and there are definitely is starting opportunities out there. With this seemingly being a two-quarterback draft (at least in terms of instant impact), Taylor absolutely could wind up being a similar transition quarterback somewhere, as he was in both LA and Cleveland.
The Bolts are going to have to find a better backup than Easton Stick. Stick is not qualified to be the team’s second option and I would like to see the team sign a veteran to continue helping mentor Justin Herbert.
There are not many great options. As weird as it sounds, Joe Flacco could be that guy. He is a veteran quarterback with Super Bowl experience. Brandon Staley was the outside linebackers coach for the Denver Broncos in Flacco’s first season in Denver.