Backup QB Charlie Whitehurst to Titans; Kellen Clemens to Chargers

Charlie Whitehurst [left] is following Ken Whisenhunt [right] to Tennessee. (USATSI)
Charlie Whitehurst [left] is following Ken Whisenhunt [right] to Tennessee. (USATSI)

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New Tennessee Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt must have really liked Charlie Whitehurst during his one season as San Diego's offensive coordinator. Whisenhunt and the Titans added the former Chargers backup quarterback on Thursday. According to the Tennessean, Whitehurst has agreed to a two-year deal that's worth up to $8 million. 

The Chargers didn't wait long to replace Whitehurst. Just minutes after news broke that Whitehurst was headed to Tennessee, San Diego announced a two-year deal with former Rams backup quarterback Kellen Clemens

San Diego will pick up some experience at the backup quarterback spot by replacing Whitehurst with Clemens. Clemens started more games in 2013 (9), than Whitehurst has started since entering the NFL in 2006 (4). 

Clemens started nine games for the Rams last season after starter Sam Bradford went down with a torn ACL in Week 7. Clemens went 4-5 in those starts with wins over Indianapolis, Chicago, New Orleans and Tampa Bay. The 30-year-old also almost engineered an upset of Seattle in his first start of 2013. In Week 8, the Rams lost to the Seahawks 14-9. 

Over eight seasons with the Jets and Rams, Clemens has started a total of 21 games and gone 8-13 in those starts. 

Both Clemens and Whitehurst entered the league in 2006. Clemens was a second-round pick of the Jets. Whitehurst was a third-round pick of the Chargers. Whitehurst has only started four games since 2006, meaning if the Titans cut Ryan Fitzpatrick, they'll have two quarterbacks leftover in Whitehurst and Jake Locker who have a combined total of 22 career starts. 

This isn't the first-time Whisenhunt has gone after Whitehurst. According to, while Whisenhunt was coach in Arizona, he tried to land the backup quarterback, but Whitehurst ended up signing with Seattle. 

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John Breech has been at CBS Sports since July 2011 and currently spends most of his time writing about the NFL. He's believed to be one of only three people in the world who thinks that Andy Dalton will... Full Bio

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