In the pursuit of reaching and winning the Super Bowl, teams are roughly divided into two trains of thoughts on the best way to build their roster:
1.) Utilize a veteran quarterback and do the best you can surrounding him with adequate talent
2.) Take advantage of a quarterback on a rookie contract and maximize the amount of talent you can surround him with.
In a recent article by ESPN’s Dan Graziano, he took a look at how “married” every NFL team is to their quarterback and ranked their situations from top to bottom. Coming in at #8 out of 32 teams was the Chargers and their newest rookie quarterback, Justin Herbert.
Graziano has Herbert third in what he calls the “rookie first-rounder” tier, behind the two other QBs taken in front of him. Joe Burrow and the Bengals sot at #5 while Tua Tagovailoa and the Dolphins landed right in front of the Chargers at #7.
Per Graziano, Herbert has yet to sign his rookie deal, but it will be a four-year, $26.6 million fully-guaranteed contract with a $16.9 million signing bonus and a fifth-year option in 2024.
“We don’t know whether Herbert or Tyrod Taylor will start for the Chargers in Week 1 of 2020, but Taylor is scheduled to make only $5 million in non-guaranteed salary this year,” Graziano states. “He’s not even certain, contractually, to be on the team when 2020 starts. Herbert, the No. 6 pick in the 2020 draft, is the Chargers’ future at the position (at least they hope) and is in the same category as Burrow and Tagovailoa, albeit at a little bit less money given where he was picked relative to them.”
It’s not surprising to see the Chargers this high on their list. Selecting a quarterback in the top-10 usually means you’re tied together for the foreseeable future barring some catastrophic meltdown where the franchise is forced to cut their losses much sooner than expected.
It’s going to be the Herbert show for at least the next 3-4 1⁄2 years, so get comfortable.
Now to the links.
Chargers had one of the best fourth-down conversions of 2019 (NFL.com)
Jason Reed lists four reasons how the Chargers can be a winning team in 2020 (Bolt Beat)
Gavino Borquez spotlights the Chargers listed to PFF’s top-50 of 2020 (Chargers Wire)
Gavino Borquez predicts the Chargers depth chart along the defensive line (Chargers Wire)
Jason Reed highlights four players who cannot afford to get hurt this season (Bolt Beat)
Bryan DeArdo lists every NFL franchise’s best draft class since 2000 (CBS Sports)
Tyler Conway reports on CB Richard Sherman’s happiness with white quarterbacks speaking up (Bleacher Report)
Raiders WR Henry Ruggs III is reportedly okay after reportedly injuring leg while helping a friend move (Bleacher Report)
Staff at The Athletic recall their experiences with racism (The Athletic)
Josh Alper reports on the University of Michigan re-opening to sports practices and games (Pro Football Talk)