It looks like there will be another quarterback-needy team in the top six of the NFL Draft come April.
According to a report from Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer, the Los Angeles Chargers will be moving on from long-time quarterback Philip Rivers, who will become a free agent in March.
This makes the Chargers a huge player for a quarterback at the top of April’s draft, as they currently hold the sixth overall pick. That could be great news for the Detroit Lions, a team unlikely to target a quarterback in the first round.
With the third overall pick, Detroit could be looking to trade down and acquire more draft capital. With the Dolphins (fifth overall pick), Panthers (seventh overall pick) and Jaguars (ninth overall pick) all candidates to be quarterback shopping in the top 10, there could potentially be a bidding war to get as high up in the draft as possible to grab the next potential franchise quarterback.
Rivers, 38, has played 16 seasons with the Chargers. Over that time, he’s completed 64.7 percent of his passes for a career passer rating of 95.1 and an overall record of 123-101. The eight-time Pro Bowler said earlier this offseason that he believes he still has it and does not plan on retiring.