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LA Chargers: 3 realistic backup quarterback options to help Justin Herbert

ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 29: Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers throws a pass against the Buffalo Bills at Bills Stadium on November 29, 2020 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 29: Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers throws a pass against the Buffalo Bills at Bills Stadium on November 29, 2020 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

The LA Chargers have one of the best young quarterbacks in the game who is coming off of a rookie of the year campaign. Behind Justin Herbert, though, there are question marks in the LA Chargers quarterback room.

Tyrod Taylor is a free agent this offseason and I personally would be shocked if he returned. Not only was there the fiasco of the punctured lung in Week 2, but Taylor is likely going to look for a better opportunity to get some playing time, which will not happen in LA.

Easton Stick is still on the roster but having him as the backup quarterback is not the greatest outlook. While there are some Easton Stick stans out there (I am serious), he has not shown me anything to prove he can manage this offense in case of emergency.

The LA Chargers need to find a better backup quarterback for Justin Herbert

The best route for the team to go is the veteran route. Signing a veteran gives Justin Herbert someone to lean on when the going gets tough and at least ensures that in the case of emergency the guy coming in has some tangible NFL experience.

The backup quarterback also has to be cheap as well. The team does not have the salary-cap space to pay for an expensive backup quarterback like Tyrod Taylor, who made $5.5 million in 2020.

That rules out some of the following: Taylor, Jameis Winston, Andy Dalton, Mitchell Trubisky, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Jacoby Brissett. All of those quarterbacks should get at least $4 million in salary and the Chargers need someone for $1-3 million.

Winston would be fun and he was the quarterback that our own Alex Insdorf highlighted in his one free agent from every position article, but I do not think it will happen. Why would Jameis sign with LA to be a backup when he potentially will start for New Orleans?

Yes, they started Taysom Hill when Drew Brees got hurt but Brees also appeared to tell Jamies that the Saints were his team now during the NFC Divisional Round — but I digress.

Here are three realistic options to be the LA Chargers’ backup quarterback in 2021.

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