Zach Mettenberger to Chargers: Latest Contract Details, Comments, Reaction

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist

Tennessee Titans quarterback Zach Mettenberger (7) before an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Indianapolis, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
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The San Diego Chargers reportedly claimed quarterback Zach Mettenberger off waivers from the Tennessee Titans on Tuesday.  

Adam Schefter of ESPN first reported the news. Rand Getlin of the NFL Network confirmed the move. The Chargers later announced the addition on their official site, noting fellow quarterback Bryn Renner was waived to complete the transaction.

Field Yates of ESPN reported on Wednesday that the New York Giants and Cincinnati Bengals also made claims on Mettenberger.

Mettenberger was a sixth-round selection of the Titans in the 2014 NFL draft. He proceeded to struggle across 14 appearances for the team over the past two seasons, however. He registered 12 passing touchdowns, 14 interceptions and a lackluster 75.4 passer rating.

His final game with Tennessee came in the season finale, when he went 5-of-13 for 38 yards and an interception. Jason Wolf of the Tennessean passed along comments from the LSU product after that subpar performance.

"You always expect to play better, especially the way I prepare," Mettenberger said. "It's been tough. But really I just have to keep grinding in the offseason. Hopefully if I get an opportunity next year, it will be different."

Now he joins a Chargers team with an entrenched starter in Philip Rivers. He also reunites with Ken Whisenhunt, who got hired for his second stint as the team's offensive coordinator in January after spending a season-and-a-half as Tennessee's head coach.

Mettenberger should get an opportunity to fight for the backup job alongside Kellen Clemens and Mike Bercovici. When you combine all of those factors, Bleacher Report's Matt Miller believes it's a "great fit" for the quarterback.

Tennessee's quarterback situation likely pushed him into duty quicker than he was prepared for, especially as a rookie. Going to San Diego, where Rivers has played all 16 games for a decade straight, will be a good chance to hit the reset button.

Mettenberger possesses an NFL-worthy arm, but getting him to read defenses quicker and overcome his lack of mobility will be the keys to the Chargers making him a reliable backup.


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