Marcus Mariota to Chargers
The scenario: Panthers sign Philip Rivers, Chargers sign Marcus Mariota (one-year, $12 million deal).
Barnwell on Marcus Mariota to the Chargers:
"With Rivers gone, Mariota and incumbent Tyrod Taylor create value in the same ways: They’re effective runners and avoid turning the ball over, although sacks are an issue for both. Anthony Lynn should be able to install a roughly similar scheme for both Mariota and Taylor, who would compete for the starting job."
The Chargers and Rivers have already agreed to part ways this offseason, which means that the only quarterback on the roster is Tyrod Taylor, who head coach Anthony Lynn suggested could be the team’s starter in 2020.
If Lynn holds to that statement, the Chargers will be looking for a high-quality backup based on Taylor’s history as a failed starter in previous places like Cleveland and Buffalo.
Not only does this situation give Mariota a great chance to compete for a starting job right off the bat, he’d also be on the west coast and closer to his home state of Hawaii and his alma mater, the University of Oregon.
Now, I’m not sure exactly how important location is to Mariota, but if it is his desire to be closer to home, Los Angeles checks off just about every box possible.
The Chargers also have three solid pass-catchers in wide receivers Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, as well as tight end Hunter Henry if he’s brought back. A talented, dual-threat back like Austin Ekeler would be the perfect outlet for Mariota in the passing game should the team re-sign him during the offseason.