The Los Angeles Chargers have made a move at QB, only it’s not the one we thought would happen yesterday.
In a trade with the Buffalo Bills, the Chargers have acquired QB Cardale Jones for a conditional seventh round pick in either 2018 or 2019...
The pick going back to Buffalo for Cardale Jones is a seventh-rounder in either 2018 or '19. Bills had a logjam at QB. This breaks it.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) July 26, 2017
Details of the conditional pick are not yet available, but one would imagine it is likely related to roster status or playing time.
A fourth round pick in 2016, Jones spent all of last season on the same team as Anthony Lynn so their familiarity played a part, I’m sure. Only having to give up a potential seventh round pick makes this an even better move. It was clear the team wanted to address the backup QB slot when they brought in Robert Griffin III, but it appears they wanted to go with the familiar face over the former rookie of the year.
Jones joins a QB group currently comprised of Philip Rivers, Kellen Clemens, Mike Bercovici and Eli Jenkins. He should have every opportunity to earn the primary backup spot to Rivers and, when you consider his age, could be a low-risk/high-reward type of guy going forward.
Most will surely remember this moment from Cardale’s twitter history...
No classes to attend anymore, but I am looking forward to seeing him play football for the Chargers in just a few weeks.