The Los Angeles Chargers have a new back-up quarterback. However, it’s not who you may think.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Chargers have traded a conditional seventh-round pick to the Buffalo Bills for quarterback Cardale Jones.
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Jones, who is nicknamed ’12 Gauge,” was a long shot to make the Bills roster. He had fallen to fourth on the depth chart behind starter Tyrod Taylor, T.J. Yates and fifth-round draft choice Nathan Peterman. Both Taylor and Yates previously played under new Buffalo offensive coordinator Rick Dennison. Both figure prominently in the Bills plans for 2017.
The Bills loss is certainly the Chargers gain. Buffalo had previously been very high on Jones. They selected the former Ohio State star in the fourth round of the 2016 draft. However, this was under a different front office and a different coaching staff. This left the door open for the Chargers to acquire the skilled quarterback.
Jones played only one game last season, going 6-for-11 for 96 yards and an interception in the season finale against the New York Jets.
The trade reunites him with Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn. Lynn had been the running backs coach, offensive coordinator and finally the interim head coach in Buffalo last season.
The trade comes as a bit of a surprise. The Chargers had worked out free-agent, Robert Griffin III, this week as they were seeking a backup to starter Philip Rivers. By all accounts, Griffin’s workout went well. However, the ability to acquire Jones was the Chargers preferred option. As they set to open training camp, Jones joins veteran Kellen Clemens, as well as undrafted free agents Mike Bercovici and Eli Jenkins.
Welcome to Los Angeles, Cardale! Chargers Nation is proud to add you into the fold.
– Mike D’Abate is the Managing Editor for cover32/Chargers and covers the Los Angeles Chargers for cover32.