SAN DIEGO - AUGUST 14: Quarterback Billy Volek #7 of the San Diego Chargers throws a pass against the Chicago Bears on August 14 2010 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
This would seem to make sense, with the Panthers talking about using their #1 overall pick on Auburn DT Nick Fairley instead of a QB. Bringing in Volek would not only provide Clausen with competition, but also with a teacher (who knows Rob Chudzinski's system). It would provide the Panthers, and Ron Rivera, with a backup plan for 2011 should Clausen not show any signs of improvement.
While Billy has certainly enjoyed his time in San Diego, and is best friends with Philip Rivers, it would make sense for him to try and win the starting job that he's always wanted before his body starts to quit on him. With a few seasons spent on the sidelines, he should be in great shape and ready to take the pounding that starting QBs have to deal with.
Should Volek leave for Carolina, what would the Chargers do with the QB position? Having one of the most reliable QBs in the league allowed the team to go with just two QBs last season, would they do the same thing? They could choose to carry three QBs, including a veteran backup and a project rookie (through the draft), or they could carry two. If they chose two, it would probably make the most sense to grab a free agent that has a little experience, a lot of talent and youth (just in case something horrificly bad were to happen to El Capitan).
Here's a full list of free agent QBs on the market (ranked arbitrarily). Based on that list, who would you go after and why?
If Volek leaves, who should be the #2 QB?
A veteran QB with a rookie QB behind him (247 votes)
A veteran QB with nobody behind him (115 votes)
A young QB that failed somewhere else (89 votes)
A rookie. It's not like the team is going anywhere without Rivers anyway (104 votes)
555 total votes