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The San Diego Chargers sign Kyle Boller and could go after Billy Volek

The San Diego Chargers signed Kyle Boller to a one year deal yesterday.  The move was made because backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst injured his left knee and is expected to miss a few weeks.  Boller spent most of his career with the Baltimore Ravens from 2003-2008.  In his career, Boller has a 20-27 record, a 57 percent completion percentage with 48 touchdowns and 54 interceptions. Boller’s best season came in 2004 when he had a 9-7 record as a starter for Baltimore with 13 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

ESPN AFC West blogger Bill Williamson believes that San Diego should go after former backup Billy Volek if Whitehurst’s injury is serious. Volek spent six seasons with the Chargers from 2006-2011.  In his career, Volek has a 3-7 record, a 60 percent completion percentage, with 27 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.  Volek’s best season came in 2004 with the Tennessee Titans when he had 2,486 yards, 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 10 games and eight starts.  Volek played in one significant NFL game with San Diego from 2006-2011. Volek completed 19 of 30 passes for 216 yards one touchdown and one interception against the Washington Redskins in 2009, so although he is 36 years old, he might have enough left to be the team’s primary backup.

If Whitehurst’s injury is serious and San Diego is unable to re-sign Volek, the Lightning Bolts could consider QB J.P. Losman.  Losman will be 31 at the start of the 2012 season, so he could be a long term backup.  In his career, Losman has 33 touchdowns and 34 interceptions.  Losman had six touchdowns and 11 interceptions from 2007-2009 and in 2011, but maybe a change of scenery with the right coaches would help him.  San Diego is fortunate that starting QB Philip Rivers did not miss a game from 2006-2011, so hopefully this trend continues for the upcoming season and beyond.