The Cardale Jones Trade Is a Clear Win for the Los Angeles Chargers – Los Angeles Chargers News

The Cardale Jones Trade Is a Clear Win for the Los Angeles Chargers – Los Angeles Chargers News

At a time when most first-year head coaches would be looking to ease their way into their first training camp with a new team, first year Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn was hard at work rocking the boat for his backup quarterbacks. Lynn’s week began with a moderate squall when the team hosted free agent Robert Griffin III for a workout on Tuesday and ultimately culminated with a complete capsizing with the acquisition of former Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones from Buffalo.

For those who don’t know, the Chargers traded a conditional seventh round pick in 2018 to Buffalo for their second-year signal caller. Jones is one of three quarterbacks competing for the backup quarterback job in training camp, joining Kellen Clemens and Mike Bercovici in pursuit of the right to backup Philip Rivers.

The question is: how do we evaluate the Jones trade? Did the team give up too much, or steal Jones? What kind of player is Cardale? And how does he fit this team in 2017 and beyond? We’re going to answer all those questions and more in this article by examining the trade, the philosophy, the player and the fit. Let’s get started…

The Trade

As mentioned above, the Chargers acquired Jones for a conditional 7th round pick in 2018. While it hasn’t been reported what that conditional pick will be based upon, it’s probably safe to assume it will at least partially be dependent on whether or not Jones earns a roster spot in camp. In other words, if Jones wins a spot, which likely means he beats out Kellen Clemens for the QB2 spot in LA, the Bills get a seventh round pick. If he fails to win a spot, the…

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