The Chargers had an interesting 2020 when it comes to the quarterback position. Tyrod Taylor, one of the top franchise quarterbacks Philip Rivers signs with the Indianapolis Colts, was about to start, and the team drafted Justin Herbert as sixth overall at the University of Oregon.
Taylor has a medical accident after a launch and Herbert is a few bad calls away to beat the Kansas City Chiefs. He also remained the starter for the remainder of the season, showing the Chargers that he is the quarterback of the future.
Castle: Justin Herbert
Free Agent: Tyrod Taylor
On the bladder: Easton Stick
The good: Justin Herbert. Plain and simple. Herbert came in and did 67% of his passes, throwing 4,336 yards, 31 touchdowns and only ten interceptions. Herbert broke almost every rookie quarterback record, including 36 touchdowns. He’s now the franchise quarterback moving forward and new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi will direct the offense against Herbert’s abilities. He was also the second person new head coach Brandon Staley contacted after being hired (his wife was the first). Expect Herbert to take the next step in his development in 2021.
The bad: There is no real backup quarterback. General manager Tom Telesco mentioned that last year’s quarterback Easton Stick might be the guy, and they’ve also expressed a desire to keep Tyrod Taylor. Expect to find a seasoned veteran if Taylor doesn’t stay on the team. A veteran can help Herbert and give him a different perspective.
The money: Justin Herbert is set to be a $ 6 million cap hit this season. This team has to take advantage of the fact that he has a rookie deal in order to be competitive. Expect the team to spend anywhere between $ 1 million and $ 3 million on a backup. The Chargers need a backup quarterback like Taylor, but if he decides to go elsewhere, maybe a Joe Flacco, Brian Hoyer, or a veteran who has played before and can be an additional coach for Herbert.
Priority draft: None. The Chargers have their franchise quarterback and need to add an experienced quarterback in the free agency.