The Los Angeles Chargers are going to look a whole lot different next year, as they will be without Philip Rivers for the first time in over a decade.
Rivers was drafted by the New York Giants with the fourth overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft and was immediately traded to the San Diego Chargers in exchange for quarterback Eli Manning.
After playing two years behind Drew Brees, Rivers took over as the Chargers starting quarterback in 2006 and has not missed a start since.
Now the Chargers and Rivers have ‘mutually agreed’ to part ways, making the 38-year-old a free agent for the first time in his career.
While the Chargers are moving on, they know they are saying goodbye to a franchise icon, as Rivers likely goes down as the greatest quarterback in the team’s history.
Unfortunately for Rivers and the Chargers, playoff success was hard to come by, as they never appeared in a Super Bowl during his 16-year tenure.
Still, they won a lot of football games and Rivers proved to be one of the best quarterbacks in the league for over a decade.
Now Rivers has to decide what is next at this stage of his career, as he has yet to make any indication that he is ready to hang up the spikes and retire.
There is set to be a lot of movement among the league’s quarterbacks this offseason, with Rivers being just one of a very deep free agent class.
It will be interesting to see where Rivers ends up and if he will be starting Week 1.
Rivers has the longest active iron man streak with 224 consecutive starts. He is 74 games behind Brett Favre for the NFL record.
Andy Dalton Signs One-Year Deal with the Dallas Cowboys
When the Cincinnati Bengals released Andy Dalton, everyone was wondering where the 32-year-old quarterback would sign now that he was a free agent.
The New England Patriots and the Jacksonville Jaguars were among some of the potential landing spots that were suspected to pique Dalton’s interest, but nobody had him signing with the Dallas Cowboys.
Yet that is exactly where Dalton will end up, as the Cowboys shocked everyone on Saturday night by signing him to a one-year deal worth up to $7 million.
You can imagine that playing for the Cowboys was always a dream for Dalton, as he was born and raised in Katy, Texas, which is located about three hours outside of Dallas.
Dalton went on to play college football at Texas Christian University and would set nearly all school quarterback records during his time with the Horned Frogs. Dalton was then drafted by the Bengals with the 35th overall pick back in 2011.
He has gone on to have a very good NFL career starting for the Bengals and will now look to compete with Dak Prescott in Dallas.
If all goes as planned for the Cowboys, Prescott won’t miss any time next season and Dalton won’t ever see the field. But by signing Dalton, the Cowboys have a great contingency plan in place.
Officer Points Gun at Chiefs CB Bashaud Breeland During Scary Arrest Video
Bashaud Breeland is a 28-year-old cornerback for the Kansas City Chiefs, coming off winning the Super Bowl just months ago.
On Tuesday, Breeland was arrested in South Carolina after being stopped by an officer at a gas station. TMZ just released footage of the arrest, showing the arresting officer and Breeland’s interactions, which culminate in the officer pulling his gun on the cornerback.
According to the police report, the officer spotted three men smoking marijuana, which led him to approach the vehicle. All three suspects tried to flee the scene the report said, while one of the suspects threw a blunt in Breeland’s car.
In a since deleted string of posts on social media, Breeland claimed his innocence saying:
“I really was at a gas pump got approach by two guys police pulled up they throw something my car as police pulled up which the cop saw. I was the one detained wit charges that really shouldn’t be charged.”
Breeland is facing misdemeanor charges for resisting arrest, having alcohol in a motor vehicle with the seal broken, having an open container of beer or wine in a motor vehicle, driving without a license, as well as the possession of marijuana.
As of now, Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said that they will let the legal system play out before trying to discipline Breeland in any way.
The cornerback just resigned with the Chiefs this offseason on a one-year, $4 million deal. While he may receive a suspension from the league, Breeland should be able to return to the field next season.
When watching that arrest video it is hard not to be scared for Breeland even if you know that he walked away fine. There have been so many similar videos that have ended differently, luckily that wasn’t the case this time.
Cincinnati Bengals Release Quarterback Andy Dalton
When the Cincinnati Bengals drafted LSU quarterback Joe Burrow with the No. 1 overall pick last week, it was clear that Andy Dalton’s days were numbered.
On Thursday, the Bengals made it official, cutting ties with the all-time passing touchdown leader in franchise history.
The Bengals drafted Dalton in the second round back in 2011, and he has been their starting quarterback ever since. As a rookie, Dalton passed for 3,398 yards and 20 touchdowns and was named to his first Pro Bowl team.
Through nine seasons, Dalton appeared in three Pro Bowls and led his team to the playoffs five times. Even with losing 11 of his 13 starts this past season, Dalton’s record with the Bengals was 70-61-2.
When looking back at the history of the Bengals, it is fair to say that Dalton is one of the best quarterbacks they have ever had, as he holds plenty of franchise records.
Now Dalton hits the open market for the first time as a free agent. At 32 years old, he still has plenty left in the tank and will at least become one of the best backup quarterbacks in the league.
When it comes to earning a starting position for next season, there are not many clear landing spots for Dalton however.
Most teams have already found their answer at quarterback, either through free agency, trades or the draft. The one team that actually makes a lot of sense for Dalton is the New England Patriots.
The Patriots and the Jacksonville Jaguars are the two teams with reported interest in Dalton, but New England actually presents a better chance for him to start.
Jacksonville is clearly moving on with last year’s rookie sensation Gardner Minshew as their starting quarterback, as they traded Nick Foles and his expensive contract to the Chicago Bears this offseason. Minshew could use a backup though and Dalton would fit the bill.
On the other hand, the Patriots are currently looking at going into the season with journeyman Brian Hoyer and their fourth-round pick from last year, Jarrett Stidham.
After the Patriots chose to not draft a single quarterback last week, it appears that they believe Stidham is their future franchise quarterback.
Stidham fits the bill for the Patriots as their system is based around a quarterback who is accurate and makes good decisions with the ball. Across his last two years in college at Auburn, Stidham had 36 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
Still, there is no doubt that Dalton has the experience to be a valued piece of the Patriots quarterback room, whether starting or not.
He would likely push Stidham far more than Hoyer would, and could also serve as a better backup quarterback if the young QB ultimately earns the job. Now we just have to see if Bill Belichick pulls the trigger on acquiring the “Red Rifle”.
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