Anthony Lynn open to Chargers using first-round pick on a quarterback
Philip Rivers just turned 36 in December, and even though Anthony Lynn said the quarterback could play into his 40s, the Chargers have to start planning for the future at some point.
Could this be the year they draft Rivers’ future replacement?
Everybody’s in play for us, Lynn said. We’re trying to get better �� not just quarterback, every position.
Fox’s No. 2 team last year was going to be a three-man booth with Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis and Jay Cutler before Cutler un-retired. Fox added a second Sunday morning pregame show with NFL Kickoff, which could be another possible landing post, if he is not on the Fox NFL Sunday show.
As for ESPN, The Post has reported that Kurt Warner is a fallback possibility in the aftermath of Manning turning down Monday Night Football. Arizona Sports Station 98.7 FM host Mike Jurecki said Warner’s audition with ESPN would be this week. A source confirmed the audition, but did not know the timeline.
ESPN has yet to make it official, but Joe Tessitore is replacing Sean McDonough as the play-by-player. Thomas could be a wild-card choice for MNF; especially if ESPN went with a three-man booth with someone like Louis Riddick rounding it out.
The Colts, who held the No. 3 pick, have Andrew Luck and did not need a quarterback. The Jets can sit tight at No. 3 �� as long some other team does not trade with the Giants to get up to No. 2 to land a quarterback. If the Giants are taking a quarterback, they are staying put at No. 2 and taking him.
Here is where Giants general manager Dave Gettleman can have some fun. If he wants to make the Jets believe he is open for business on a trade-down, he should rent out three billboards outside East Rutherford, N.J., advertising that intention. If the Jets take the bait, perhaps they will be inclined to make a trade with the Giants, moving up one spot, to get to No. 2 to ensure they get their guy.
What would that take? Well, according to the NFL Draft Value Chart, an unofficial guide assigning points to every pick, moving up from No. 3 to No. 2 should cost 582 points �� the equivalent of a high second-round pick. The problem is the Jets sent their two second-round picks in this draft and their 2019 second-round pick to the Colts in order to move up three spots. Any deal would likely have to be the pick for a player. Perhaps the Giants look at Darron Lee, a speedy linebacker, as a good fit in their new defense and accept the 2016 first-round pick as compensation for swapping draft spots with the Jets.