The San Diego Chargers are at least doing their due diligence on Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. Whether it’s a smoke screen or a reality is to be determined, but the stars could align for a big move.
The Chargers have 33-year-old quarterback Philip Rivers on the last year of his contract. He’s already said he doesn’t want to follow the team if it goes to Los Angeles. That seems to make him expendable.
The Tennessee Titans hold the No. 2 overall pick in the draft, and there’s no immediate answer at quarterback for the Titans. Tennessee head coach Ken Whisenhunt is the Chargers’ former offensive coordinator, where he coached Rivers. Could the Titans make a move involving Rivers and the No. 2 overall pick?
The rumors are running rampant particularly because the Chargers key members–head coach Mike McCoy, the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach and multiple members of the front office–flew to Oregon to meet with Mariota and hold a private workout.
At this point, it’s hard to tell how serious teams are in their pursuit of these players. But it’s hard not to take the Chargers at least a little seriously. It’s a situation that will be monitored until draft day, just like every other blip on the rumor mill radar.