Chargers: Why Jameis Winston could be the perfect replacement for Philip Rivers

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In NFL history, now 100 seasons in, five quarterbacks have topped 5,100 passing yards in a single campaign. Drew Brees has done it four times, with Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Jameis Winston each doing so once.

Winston joined that elite company last season, as he (of course) led the league with 5,109 passing yards. He also finished second in the league in passing touchdowns (33), and threw a league-high 30 interceptions. The “30-30” season narrative and comments have been too easy.

Winston is a free agent, and he’s still available as the calendar gets set to flip to April. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have replaced him with Brady, so it’s coming to a point where the 2015 No. 1 overall pick will have to settle for being a backup. Any possibilities to even compete for a starting job seem to have gone away.

The Los Angeles Chargers and Philip Rivers parted ways this offseason, and the team will have a new starting quarterback for the first time since 2006. Their pursuit of Brady went right to the end, and since then they’ve committed to Tyrod Taylor as their starting quarterback in 2020.

Cam Newton is an easy fit for the Chargers, and after he was cut by the Carolina Panthers signing him carries no real risk for any team that signs him.

The Chargers may also draft a quarterback in April, and whoever it is would be lined up as the guy for the future.

But here’s why Jameis Winston could actually be the perfect replacement for Rivers.