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Chargers release Volek after bringing back Whitehurst

The San Diego Chargers announced Friday that they have released longtime backup quarterback Billy Volek.

Per Adam Caplan, Volek was scheduled for a $750,000 roster bonus on March 22. He also had a $2.75 million base salary.

Caplan confirms that Volek’s release saves $3.5 million in cap space.

The Chargers appear poised to move forward with Charlie Whitehurst as Philip Rivers‘ primary backup. They will likely also use a mid- to late-round pick on a quarterback.

Whitehurst returned to San Diego on a two-year deal Friday night.

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13 Responses to “Chargers release Volek after bringing back Whitehurst”
  1. keepitsimplestoopid says: Mar 16, 2012 9:52 PM

    Does that count as Jesus’ second coming?

  2. huejackson says: Mar 16, 2012 9:53 PM

    I just dont get why Billy Volek never got a starting job.
    He is better than Vick, Bradfod, any jaguars QB, Mccoy, Alex Amith.. I would say he is better than half of the starting nfl QBS!

  3. trbowman says: Mar 16, 2012 10:01 PM

    I don’t know why they ever let Scott Tolzien go. He was looking pretty good for them.

    Bolts fans better pray nothing happens to Rivers.

  4. trbowman says: Mar 16, 2012 10:01 PM

    Also, Duke sucks!

  5. go9ers says: Mar 16, 2012 10:07 PM

    The 9ers better hurry up and figure out what they are doing for a QB. Wait too long on Smith and the Seahawks might nab him.

  6. mikeyfresh25 says: Mar 16, 2012 10:14 PM

    Volek got was suppose to start for the Titans during VY’s rookie year, but they signed Collins and then traded him too the Bolts where he’s been ever sense…. always wondered what he would do as a starter

  7. lanzurrah says: Mar 16, 2012 10:21 PM

    Chargers didn’t release Tolzien…he was claimed off their practice squad I believe.

  8. canelosandiego says: Mar 16, 2012 10:42 PM

    I’m not comfortable with Whitehurst aka “clipboard jesus” being our backup.. He didn’t step up when he had his chance in seattle.. hope the chargers draft a Qb or maybe take a look at Brady Quinn.

  9. conormacleod says: Mar 16, 2012 10:42 PM

    The Chargers aren’t that good with Rivers. If he goes down it doesn’t matter who your backup is, the seasons over.

  10. vahawker says: Mar 16, 2012 11:22 PM

    Did they not watch CW play?!

  11. jhorton83 says: Mar 17, 2012 6:58 AM

    The Titans signed Collins because Volek did something to piss off Jeff Fisher. He never elaborated on what that was exactly, just that Volek had lied to him about something. Way to blow your chance.

  12. zaktmt says: Mar 17, 2012 8:43 AM

    Billy Volek did something that Charlie Whitehurst could never do. Win a playoff game. Billy Volek is a solid guy that will push guys who are starters to play at a higher level.

  13. oldtcs says: Mar 25, 2012 1:01 AM

    Volek deserves his chance at being a starter. If Volek ends up signing with Denver, he probably will be the starter at some point in the season. I have a feeling Manning isn’t going to last the whole season. I don’t wish him any bad luck, just seems likely with the neck injury and surgeries he’s had. As for Jeff Fisher, isn’t he the one that called for what amounted to a career-ending hit on Merriman? I’m still waiting for a play to accidently roll into him on the sidelines! 😡

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