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Sport Six viable quarterback options for the Chargers in 2020: Could Tom Brady or Dak Prescott head to L.A.?

17:16  14 february  2020
17:16  14 february  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

Report: Patriots consider Chargers their only real threat to sign Tom Brady

  Report: Patriots consider Chargers their only real threat to sign Tom Brady There have been other teams mentioned as potential players in the Brady sweepstakes, but are any of them realistic options? There has been a lot of buzz about Brady potentially becoming the face of the Raiders in their new Las Vegas stadium, but Bedard does not see Brady wanting to start fresh in Jon Gruden’s offense with “all that verbiage.” The Titans have also been mentioned in connection with Brady, but Brady reportedly told some of his teammates during the Patriots’ joint practices with Tennessee that he thought the Titans’ offensive system was “laughable.

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Dak Prescott and signing Tom Brady in free agency. The Cowboys and new head coach Mike McCarthy are legitimately all-in on keeping Prescott for the longterm and Expected leveraging aside, the looming extension will inevitably land, and Brady will not suit up for the Cowboys in 2020 -- or ever.

Philip Rivers' NFL future has become an increasingly hot topic, culminating with this week's announcement that the free agent quarterback would not be returning for a 17th season with the Los Angeles Chargers.

a group of people in uniform: Tom Brady and Dak Prescott (4) could be among the available quarterbacks in the NFL's 2020 free agent market. © Adam Glanzman, Getty Images Tom Brady and Dak Prescott (4) could be among the available quarterbacks in the NFL's 2020 free agent market.

But what about the Bolts?

They've been blessed with Rivers and Drew Brees for most of this century but now enter unfamiliar territory — and just a year removed from a 12-4 campaign that matched the AFC West rival Kansas City Chiefs and eventually landed L.A. in the divisional round of the playoffs.

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Prescott — not Tom Brady — will quarterback the club in 2020 , countering ever-present rumors linking the six -time Super Bowl champion to the Lone Another follower asked why the Los Angeles Chargers wouldn’t be an option for the California-born, future Hall-of-Fame field general. “Idk I don’t

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But this year, those longtime rivals went in diametrically opposed directions, the Chargers finishing in the AFC West basement with a 5-11 mark — though nine of those losses were by seven or fewer points — while the Chiefs brought Kansas City its first NFL championship in 50 years.

Now the Chargers must decide how close they are to competing with K.C. – not to mention find a way to galvanize a stagnant fan base – as they chart a new course under center.

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Here are six options that seem (mostly) viable for 2020:

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There could very well be a 'better' option for Tampa in free agency, Arians indicated. Tom Brady , Philip Rivers and Dak Prescott are just a few of countless big names currently set to hit the Best ways for Chargers to replace Rivers. The Chargers need a new QB for the first time in 16 seasons.

With quarterbacks like Tom Brady , Ryan Tannehill, Jameis Winston and maybe even Dak Prescott hitting Taylor would be an intriguing option that the Chargers may consider. He started the first three games for Rivers and the Chargers have agreed to mutually part ways ahead of 2020 free agency.

Stand pat: Los Angeles has highly respected veteran QB Tyrod Taylor under contract for 2020, and LB Thomas Davis mentioned multiple times this week on NFL Network how much Taylor's teammates love him. Taylor is still only 30 and led the Buffalo Bills to the playoffs in 2017. He throws a beautiful deep ball, rarely is responsible for turnovers, is a major threat as a runner — a nice trait given the Bolts' recent O-line issues — and would be a more-than-realistic option assuming head coach Anthony Lynn wants to continue emphasizing his ground game. Easton Stick, a fifth-round pick in 2019, is currently behind Taylor. The winningest QB in FCS history after leading North Dakota State to three titles, he has a game and build (6-1, 224) with uncanny resemblance to Taylor's. Stick didn't appear in the regular season as a rookie but struggled noticeably in his first pro preseason (4 INTs, 44.1 QB rating on 46 pass attempts).

Chargers announce end of Philip Rivers era, say he'll enter free agency

  Chargers announce end of Philip Rivers era, say he'll enter free agency Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers will be moving on. The team and player took the rare step of announcing on the team’s website that Rivers will be entering free agency via a joint statement. "As we talked through various scenarios, it became apparent that it would be best for Philip and the Chargers to turn the page on what has truly been a remarkable run,” Chargers GM Tom Telesco said in a statement. It’s a massive shift for the Chargers, and for Rivers too.Philip Rivers made eight Pro Bowls with ChargersPhilip Rivers came to Chargers in 2004, and became the team’s starting quarterback in 2006. He took over for a guy named Drew Brees.

Where do Tom Brady and Dak Prescott rank among the best free-agent quarterbacks in 2020 ? Is Brady headed for a similar fate in his 21st season? His 2019 numbers indicate that he is no longer among the league’s elite signal callers, but the Brady will test free agency for the first time in 2020 .

The Chargers , Raiders, Buccaneers, Cowboys and Dolphins have all been named as speculative landing spots for the Cowboys legend scrambles after igniting Tom Brady - Dak Prescott rumors. The beloved New England quarterback is set to become a free agent for the first time in his 20-year

Sign a free agent who could be a long-term solution: If you need a quarterback, this is the right year to be in the market. Teddy Bridgewater, Ryan Tannehill, Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota might be options. Aside from 31-year-old Tannehill, none is older than 27. All come with first-round pedigrees ... and, of course, reasons they didn't develop into franchise passers with their original teams. Winston — a younger version of Rivers in some respects — will probably want to chuck it, but the other three could potentially meld nicely with Lynn's run-first philosophy.

Draft a quarterback at No. 6: Since the Chargers landed Rivers in a 2004 draft-day trade for Eli Manning, they've picked this high — sixth overall — only once, four years ago when they took DE Joey Bosa. They're in a very good spot to land an eventual Rivers-level replacement, and Oregon's Justin Herbert is a favorite target in many pre-combine mock drafts. He's 6-6 and 237 pounds, known for being highly intelligent, showed nice wiggle in this year's Rose Bowl win over Wisconsin by running for three TDs ... and, yep, he's got an arm, too, throwing 61 TDs (against 14 INTs) over the past two seasons and generally displaying nice accuracy and velocity. And with Taylor on board, Lynn wouldn't have to rush a rookie into the lineup.

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Sign Tom Brady: Rivers is gone, and Brees probably wouldn't return to the Bolts, most likely to re-sign with the New Orleans Saints or retire. But TB12? He might be in play. After 20 years with the New England Patriots, he's hurtling toward free agency for the first time, and his expiring contract stipulates the Pats cannot tag him. And who better to jump start the Chargers' atrophied fan base than a six-time Super Bowl winner and California native who, even at age 43 next season, might be able to hold down the fort for a year or two on a roster with plenty of supporting talent on both sides of the ball?

Trade up to draft a quarterback: By sticking at No. 6, the Chargers are unlikely to get a crack at the two college passers generally rated ahead of Herbert: LSU Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow and Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa. Conventional wisdom — at present — would suggest the Cincinnati Bengals will take Burrow first overall, while Tagovailoa drops, perhaps to the Miami Dolphins at No. 5. Moving ahead of Miami wouldn't be cheap. The New York Jets sent the sixth overall pick (plus three second rounders) to Indianapolis two years ago for the Colts' pick at No. 3, a selection that eventually netted Sam Darnold for Gang Green. The Washington Redskins (No. 2 pick), Detroit Lions (No. 3) and New York Giants (No. 4) are unlikely to pick a passer this spring and might be worth early phone calls if the Chargers aren't really in love with Herbert or do covet either Burrow or Tagovailoa — who are both more likely to spark a ticket frenzy than Herbert given their national profiles and tantalizing abilities. And, again, Taylor is insurance, especially if Tagovailoa's injured hip isn't ready for NFL contact.

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Prescott 's interception was the first of his career, coming after he broke Tom Brady 's record for most pass attempts without a pick to start a career. After Bledsoe suffered a nearly season-ending injury, Brady took over as the starting QB and never relinquished it. The rest is history for the Patriots.

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Sign Dak Prescott: Crazy, right? Let's play it out. If the Dallas Cowboys continue to drag their feet on a long-term extension for their two-time Pro Bowler, they'll certainly place the franchise tag on him in the coming weeks. And if they put the non-exclusive tag on Prescott — unlikely, yes, if they go to the trouble of franchising him — the Chargers would be wise to start scheming. Prescott, 26, has further upside despite throwing for 4,902 yards and 30 TDs in 2019. There are a ton of Cowboys fans in Southern California (and everywhere), which is why Dallas holds training camp there annually — keeping Chargers Prescott jerseys in inventory might be tough. Lynn could continue to run the ball — just look at how well Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott have complemented one another. If Prescott didn't receive that exclusive tag, all it would take is an offer sheet — a stratagem usually dismissed out of hand because it costs two first-round picks if the player switches teams — the Cowboys wouldn't be willing to match. Steep price considering a pair of Round 1 selections, including No. 6 this year, and the financial package? For sure. But when you consider that non-quarterbacks such as LT Laremy Tunsil and CB Jalen Ramsey were dealt last year in packages that included two first-rounders, wouldn't Prescott easily be worth the investment given all he could potentially provide on and off the new field at SoFi Stadium?

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