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Report: Chargers open to trading out of No. 3 pick

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With Marcus Mariota already in Tennessee, there’s been talk about the Titans trading out of the first overall pick in the draft in a deal with a team looking for their own potential franchise quarterback.

They aren’t the only team at the top of the first round that could be looking to drop further down the order. The Chargers don’t have a young quarterback, but there aren’t any retirement ceremonies scheduled for Philip Rivers at this point so a quarterback-needy team could also target that spot to move up for a player like Carson Wentz or Jared Goff.

Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the Chargers are open to trading their highest pick since 2004, when they traded first overall pick Eli Manning to the Giants for Rivers and draft picks. The Chargers also had the top pick in 2001 and traded it to Atlanta. The Falcons took Michael Vick while the Chargers ended up with Drew Brees, LaDainian Tomlinson and other pieces.

Getting that kind of return in a trade would be quite appealing to the Chargers and most other teams, which makes finding a partner willing to make that kind of offer difficult. If Wentz, Goff or someone else dazzle teams in the next couple of months, someone might make such a pitch to the Chargers but more often than not in recent years talk of teams high in the draft being open to trading down amounts to little come draft day.

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30 Responses to “Report: Chargers open to trading out of No. 3 pick”
  1. mototax says: Feb 28, 2016 11:59 AM

    Time for Rick Smith to do the right thing!

  2. floratiotime says: Feb 28, 2016 12:01 PM

    And Eli went on to win two Superbowl MVPs … not exactly a great trade for the Chargers.

  3. aneaglesfan says: Feb 28, 2016 12:11 PM

    Philadelphia eagles line 1

  4. pftcancer says: Feb 28, 2016 12:12 PM

    Outside of Goff, and even then, I don’t see really any quarterbacks worthy of that kind of trade this year.

  5. TeamBalco says: Feb 28, 2016 12:20 PM

    Bengals on line one.

  6. fedegene says: Feb 28, 2016 12:23 PM

    They should trade their owners

  7. Frazier28/7 says: Feb 28, 2016 12:32 PM

    brace yourselves, nfl mock drafts are coming.

  8. phooteballs says: Feb 28, 2016 12:37 PM

    All those trades for so little results.

  9. corkspop says: Feb 28, 2016 12:43 PM

    First 2 picks stay where they are. This trade will happen.

  10. pftcancer says: Feb 28, 2016 12:56 PM

    floratiotime says:
    Feb 28, 2016 12:01 PM

    And Eli went on to win two Superbowl MVPs … not exactly a great trade for the Chargers.

    ==================================

    The Giants won two Super Bowls. Eli just rode the defense and hung on for dear life.

  11. donatocha33 says: Feb 28, 2016 12:59 PM

    Yes…as they should. They would even screw that up.

  12. chc4 says: Feb 28, 2016 1:18 PM

    All 32 teams are open to trading their pick. Or at least should be. If the offer is right every GM makes a trade. Not rocket science.

  13. floratiotime says: Feb 28, 2016 1:29 PM

    “The Giants won two Super Bowls. Eli just rode the defense and hung on for dear life.”

    Both times he won the game MVP award. Fact.

  14. tmsclade says: Feb 28, 2016 1:49 PM

    floratiotime says:
    Feb 28, 2016 12:01 PM

    And Eli went on to win two Superbowl MVPs … not exactly a great trade for the Chargers.
    _______________________________________________

    The Chargers didn’t seek out to trade Eli. They wanted him as their QB, but he held out and refused to sign with San Diego and forced a trade.

  15. floratiotime says: Feb 28, 2016 1:59 PM

    “The Chargers didn’t seek out to trade Eli. They wanted him as their QB, but he held out and refused to sign with San Diego and forced a trade”

    After two championships it looks like he knew what he was doing. But the rumor was the Ryan Leaf disaster is what made him shun the Chargers.

  16. gpopblog says: Feb 28, 2016 2:05 PM

    Eli is an above average QB. Not great but good. He has to get credit for playing well on those Super Bowl runs but he had a great defense as well as running attack. He would not have had that in SD and thus…no Super Bowl rings. My opinion is that he he short of making to the HOF unless he collect another ring

  17. pftcancer says: Feb 28, 2016 2:19 PM

    floratiotime says:
    Feb 28, 2016 1:29 PM

    “The Giants won two Super Bowls. Eli just rode the defense and hung on for dear life.”

    Both times he won the game MVP award. Fact.

    =====================

    You can “fact” it all you want. Let’s look at his actual production in those two Super Bowls, shall we?

    49/74 551 yards 3 TD’s and 1 INT.

    Meanwhile, the defense stopped the most prolific offensive in the NFL twice, holding them to 14 and 17 points.

    Yes, by golly, Eli is just that amazing! Oh wait, the Patriots had subpar defenses those years? Only 3 touchdown’s over two different Super Bowl games? 250 yards per game average? Hate to break it too you, but Eli literally hung on for dear life. He made two great plays. Well, one really. Manningham bailed him out big time. Eli survived two Super Bowls and gets to hear his name in Hall Of Fame conversations even though his career as a whole is not anywhere near worthy of a bust in Canton. Fact.

  18. THX 138 says: Feb 28, 2016 2:26 PM

    Dallas and SF would make the most sense.

  19. ontboltfan says: Feb 28, 2016 2:58 PM

    That Eli trade worked out well for SD. Eli was a whining baby who was booed off the stage at the NFL draft and is not an elite QB despite being carried by his team to 2 SBs.

    They got a QB of at least = value and w the extra picks got Nate Kaeding a probowl kicker, Shawn Merriamn a probowl level OLB for a few years and Roman Oben who started and was a solid LT for a number of years

    Eventually led to 5 playoff appearances in the next 6 years including a 14-2 season in 2006.

    Do it again by all means.

  20. rickochey says: Feb 28, 2016 3:11 PM

    You trade out of the 3rd spot when other trades that were made in the past didnt work. Telesco trades way to often and has depleated their draft picks. Another desperate move by the Chargers.

    If the Chargers go to LA next year, Rivers is retiring and again not going after Lynch will bite them in the arse

  21. damcmp says: Feb 28, 2016 3:14 PM

    they didn’t do Atlanta any favors.. they picked that loser Vick

  22. rayslover727 says: Feb 28, 2016 4:06 PM

    Of course they are. Dolt management is still sore about going after Bust Gordon and are looking to recoup some draft picks. And even if they weren’t, Spanos is so tight fisted he’d trade out of the top 10 just to have a cheaper player lol.

  23. tonebones says: Feb 28, 2016 6:43 PM

    If the Chargers traded back to around the 15th pick, they could still get a top player and extra picks. They just have to have confidence in their ability to scout or none of this stuff even matters. All this really just comes down to good scouting. You can blow it with the 3rd pick and you can blow it if you get extra picks and make mistakes. Or you can trade back and set your team up for the next ten years. It just comes down to the quality of your scouting operation. This is the most talented draft in 20 years.

  24. chc4 says: Feb 28, 2016 6:51 PM

    Anyone trying to claim Eli somehow didn’t earn those 2 SBs is a fool. He’s not the best QB in the league, never has been, but he was the QB of the team that beat the 18-0 Pats. He deserves respect. And I’m a Falcons fan. I wish people would beat up Matt Ryan for multiple SB wins b/c then, well, my team would actually have one. Rich mans problem.

  25. purplepride11 says: Feb 28, 2016 7:53 PM

    I wanna see the vikings move up to draft myles jack! Imagine barr jack kendricks reunited!

  26. philtration says: Feb 28, 2016 9:16 PM

    “Blah blah blah on line 1” and “Que the blah blah blah in 4..3..2..1..” are two things that cannot go away fast enough for me.

    Please

  27. tonebones says: Feb 28, 2016 9:57 PM

    If the Chargers just want to play it safe and eliminate any chance of screwing things up, they need to stay put at number three and select Jalen Ramsey, the cornerback from Florida State. Some teams have him listed as a safety and some as a corner. Just put him out there between the white lines and you’ll be happy. This kid has ten year pro bowler written all over him. He’ll be like another FSU player, Deion Sanders. He can shut down one half of the field, and the other ten guys can concentrate on the other half.

  28. buckyhamm says: Feb 29, 2016 1:05 PM

    Don’t worry Charger fans Deano will find a way to mess this up in the end … as usual.

    Dean “Snafu” Spanos !

  29. National Fanatic says: Mar 1, 2016 11:36 AM

    …Chargers should’ve never drafted Eli Manning or Philip Rivers. San Diego should’ve drafted Larry Fitzgerald stuck with Drew Brees.
    Could you imagine the Brees, Tomlinson and Fitzgerald trio in San Diego? How many championships could they have won???

  30. peytonmanningsforehead says: Mar 1, 2016 4:41 PM

    National Fanatic says:
    Mar 1, 2016 11:36 AM

    …Chargers should’ve never drafted Eli Manning or Philip Rivers. San Diego should’ve drafted Larry Fitzgerald stuck with Drew Brees.
    Could you imagine the Brees, Tomlinson and Fitzgerald trio in San Diego? How many championships could they have won???

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    None.

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