Pending release of Bledsoe could affect Chargers

Word trickled out of Buffalo that Drew Bledsoe would be released as soon as Feb. 22nd. The Bills will go with second year quarterback J.P. Losman and the reverberations of such a move can be felt on the west coast where the San Diego Chargers play.

As soon as word leaked of the pending move, the rumors of Drew Bledsoe landing in Dallas began to surface. Dallas head coach Bill Parcells is seeking a quarterback who can shoulder the load and bring the ‘Boys back to prominence. Bledsoe has the height Parcells craves and they have a history together from his New England days.

It was originally thought that Bledsoe would be released during training camp, a strategy that ensured Losman was ready for the reigns. The benefit to San Diego would have been Dallas still looking for a quarterback and with two first round draft picks they had the ammunition to get it. Drew Brees, an unrestricted free agent who will be franchised by the Chargers, was seen as a perfect fit for the Cowboys. Now that appears remote as Dallas can keep both picks and get a quarterback to lead their team.

One less team in the running for one of San Diego's quarterbacks means the bidding war they were hoping for will not materialize.

If the Chargers do plan on trading Brees, and initial indications say they would entertain such a thought, the options for his services appear to have thinned. With San Francisco in rebuilding mode, any veteran quarterback is a bad fit. Miami remains committed to A.J. Feeley after giving up a second round pick for him and it appears only Cleveland is left.

Perhaps the Chargers truly plan on keeping Brees for another year and seeing if they can duplicate the success of 2004. With a schedule that is twice as tough, that might not be a possibility.

The decision to franchise Brees was expected to be announced as early as Wednesday and what they do after that move will be interesting.

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