For the second time in his NFL career, quarterback Charlie Whitehurst has left the Chargers to seek his fortune elsewhere.
Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reports that Whitehurst has agreed to a two-year deal with the Titans that is worth up to $8 million. The signing reunites Whitehurst with Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt, who was the offensive coordinator in San Diego last season.
It also likely means that the Titans will be parting ways with Ryan Fitzpatrick, who is due to make $2.75 million next season and has a $500,000 roster bonus due in the next few days. While Jake Locker’s injury history is daunting, that’s too much money to devote to the second and third spots on the depth chart.
Whitehurst saw action in two games for the Chargers last season, but didn’t throw a pass. The last time he did that was in 2011, his second season with the Seahawks and had his best NFL moment in Week 17 of the 2010 season when he beat the Rams to secure a division title for Seattle. One of the worst came the next year when he and Colt McCoy hooked up in a 6-3 Browns win that featured 435 yard of offense between the two teams.
Whitehurst’s departure briefly left the Chargers with Brad Sorensen as the only quarterback behind Philip Rivers, but they have quickly added Kellen Clemens. And the great backup quarterback carousel spins on.