1. Cooper Rush
Cooper Rush is a free agent, and the Chargers are in the market for a backup quarterback with Chase Daniel likely headed for retirement. Additionally, 2020 fifth-round selection Easton Stick failed to establish himself as the backup over Daniel, so all signs point to LA letting the Omaha native walk.
Pretty easy to connect the dots, right?
We wouldn’t rule out the Chargers taking a quarterback with a mid-to-late round pick to add an affordable option for the next four years, but Rush is an established game manager who’s proven he can win if surrounded by talent.
In 2022, Rush went 4-1 starting in place of Dak Prescott. He only completed 58% of his passes and averaged 116.8 passing yards per game in those starts, but he wasn’t asked to do much with Tony Pollard and Ezekiel Elliott stepping up as the focal points of the offense.
By no means is Herbert an injury prone quarterback, but he’s taken some massive hits over the years behind LA’s offensive line, and probably should’ve missed at least two weeks with a fractured rib cartilage this season.
Couldn’t hurt to bring in Rush, who is firmly established as one of the league’s better backup quarterbacks after 2022.