San Diego, CA- The San Diego Chargers have signed quarterback Kellen Clemens to a two-year deal according to the NFL Networks Ian Rapoport. Clemens will take over the role of backup quarterback to Philip Rivers, after Rivers previous backup Charlie Whitehurst has joined Ken Whisenhunt and signed with the Tennessee Titans to a two-year deal worth $8 million according to Jim Wyatt.
Whitehurst will be the Titans backup quarterback to Jake Locker and possibly start for the Titans in the event Locker goes down with an injury, which he is prone to do.
Unless the Chargers draft or sign another quarterback this offseason, expect Kellen Clemens and Brad Sorensen to battle in training camp for the role of Rivers backup on the depth chart.
Clemens started nine games for the the St. Louis Rams las season. Clemens completed 142 of 242 passes for 1,673 yards and eight touchdowns. The Rams went 4-5 in his nine starts.
Clemens entered the league in 2006 when he was drafted in the second round out of the 2006 NFL Draft out of the University of Oregon by the New York Jets.
The Chargers have now signed seven players this off-season in the addition of running back Donald Brown, tight end David Johnson, inside linebacker Kavell Conner, quarterback Kellen Clemens and the extensions to inside linebacker Donald Butler, safety Darrell Stuckey and offensive lineman Chad Rinehart.