The Los Angeles Chargers continue to show their intent in looking for the eventual replacement of veteran quarterback Philip Rivers. There are NFL rumors that the Chargers plan to draft a QB in the upcoming 2017 NFL Draft and he will be the backup for Rivers next season. That young quarterback could also take over the starting spot when Rivers finally retires from the league.
“I think we do have to get a young quarterback on campus. We have to start developing someone because we have two veteran quarterbacks. Both of them are long in the tooth. I think they have some good years left in them — don’t get me wrong. But, you have to start thinking about down the line too,” Anthony Lynn, the head coach for the Los Angeles squad, stated to the Los Angeles Times.
In connection with the planned move to acquire a QB in the next draft, the Chargers have worked out Joshua Dobbs of Tennessee, DeShone Kizer of Notre Dame and Patrick Mahomes of Texas Tech.
Chargers general manager Tom Telesco did not disclose the team’s plans for the rookie draft this year. But the GM gave clues on what could they do the upcoming draft.
Philip Rivers replacement coming in 2017 NFL Draft
“At every position, whether you have a franchise player at the position or not, you’re still scouting every position. That doesn’t change. There’s no law that says if you have a franchise player at that position that you can’t scout that position anymore. So, we go through and scout every position all the way through,” Telesco stated in the same article.
There is belief in L.A. that Rivers might retire after the new season or next season. It’s important for the Chargers, which recently transferred from San Diego to L.A., to find their next starting quarterback.
Philip Rivers not affected by NFL rumors of replacement
For his part, Rivers said that he is unaffected by the NFL rumors that the Chargers are already searching for their next starting QB. Rivers admitted that playing in the NFL “doesn’t last forever” but said that he wants to continue playing and “keep this thing going as long as you can.”
Lynn described his starting quarterback as the “ultimate competitor” and expects him to play for a long time. But Lynn’s recent statement of looking at quarterbacks in the upcoming NFL draft means the team is preparing for the time when Rivers calls it quits in the NFL.