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Chargers Daily Links, 2/12: Shawne Merriman on why Cam Newton makes sense

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Tom Brady rumors are just that: rumors.

This morning, former teammate Christian Fauria says that the Patriots are “100 percent done” with Brady and that matters because ... Fauria played in New England from 2002-2005?

Great. Let’s ask Patrick Pass what he thinks too.

This isn’t just rumor season, this is now Tom Brady rumor season, which is sort of like the Wrestlemania of rumor season; this isn’t just an even, it’s the main event. Except it’s not only Wrestlemania, it’s the most hyped Wrestlemania since ... Peyton Manning was facing off against Yokozuna?

Why did I pick a professional wrestling analogy? I haven’t watched WWE since it was WWF.

You get it. There’s not only rumors, there are opinions spread as rumors. Fauria says this, Shawne Merriman may say that, and the only people who really know what will happen with Tom Brady and the team that signs him are the future version of Brady and the team that signs him. That’s it.

Onto links involving beliefs and rumors.

Shawne Merriman reveals Cam Newton prediction on Tom Brady to Chargers - Clutch Points

“Tom’s a great quarterback, he’s just not a great quarterback for the Los Angeles Chargers,” Merriman says … “I think if you’re going to move from a different direction from Phillip, you go in and get somebody that could do a little bit more — a little more athletic.”

“I just brought up one name, I think Cam Newton is a — could be a really good choice. Even for the short term. And, you can still go draft.”

Tom Brady Rumors: Chargers Expected to Be Interested After Philip Rivers’ Exit - Bleacher Report

Now that the Los Angeles Chargers are moving on from quarterback Philip Rivers, the team has set its sights on replacing the longtime face of the franchise.

The guy L.A. wants to succeed him? How about the face of the entire league?

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Chargers expect to make a push for Tom Brady should the quarterback hit free agency.

Chargers 2020 NFL Draft Target: UConn OT Matt Peart - Chargers Wire

Over the next few months, we are going to be taking a look at a handful of draft prospects leading up into the 2020 NFL Draft. With the Chargers having needs at various positions, we will do our best to evaluate the players that we feel fit the team precisely.

Today, we are taking a look at UConn offensive tackle Matt Peart.

Chargers, Panthers loom as biggest threats to Dolphins trade-up bid - Dolphins Wire

The Chargers’ general manager, Tom Telesco, would have you believe otherwise. He recently stated on local sports radio that he liked the team’s “internal options” at quarterback, referring to veteran Tyrod Taylor or 2019 5th-round rookie Easton Stick. You should believe that for about a half a second.

(Author’s Note: We won’t tell Dolphins Wire about Telesco’s trade history just yet)

Maurice Jones-Drew NFL mock draft 1.0: Chargers replace Rivers -

Jordan Love - QB

School: Utah State | Year: Junior (RS)

Love has amazing arm talent, and his athleticism allows him to elude pressure, which is something he’ll be asked to do a lot, unless the Chargers make major upgrades to the O-line.

Philip Rivers left parting gift for one Kansas City heckler - PFT

“So, the next day, I’m here at the game and this guy hollers at me, ‘Hey Rivers, let me tell you how we do it at Oklahoma Joe’s. You stand in line and then you order just like everybody else.’ There’s always just been this back and forth with him. He gives it to me and then we’ll make a good play and he’ll say, ‘OK, I’ll give it to you’. We caught eye contact at some point today and he said, ‘Can I get those?’ So, I thought why not, if it’s the last time in here.”

So Rivers gave the guy his gloves before heading off into the sunset.

Philip Rivers / Tom Telesco tweets:

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