Chargers after Harrington?

Word on the inside is the Chargers have inquired about Detroit quarterback Joey Harrington. Is this for real?

Its been an incredibly slow off-season for a team that has plenty of room under the salary cap.

The most recent name on the Chargers' list is current Detroit Lions quarterback Joey Harrington. Harrington isn't a free agent, but San Diego has reportedly been in touch with the Lions about a potential trade package that would bring Harrington to the Chargers.

But as soon as it was announced that the Lions no longer had plans for their former starting quarterback, the Chiefs immediately surfaced as the front-runner.

The feeling is definitely mutual. has learned that the Chiefs are in fact the team that Joey Harrington would prefer to join. However, in preliminary contract talks with Harrington's agent David Dunn, which have already commenced, it appears the Chiefs initial financial offers have been less than satisfying to the Harrington camp.

Though Kansas City is his first choice; as many as seven teams are now trying to lure Joey Harrington onto their prospective rosters. At this stage of the off-season, there are no starting jobs available, or so we believe.

Harrington is going to start visiting teams beginning this wednesday, but the Chargers have yet to take that step.

Harrington's next team could be a shock to Chiefs fans, according to sources close to his camp. The Chargers are apparently also in the mix as a serious suitor, looking for another body to back up incumbent starter Phillip Rivers and join Jay Feeley on the sidelines.

For the Chargers, the interest makes little sense, unless they simply want to keep him out of Oakland or Kansas City.

Harrington is a better insurance policy than Feeley but three quarterbacks making some good money is off, even for the Bolts. Also, it could be a blow to Rivers' confidence if the team brings in a player of Harrington's stature to the team.

It would be foolish for them to add another starting-caliber quarterback, especially when they have holes to fill elsewhere and could spend their money more wisely.

Other teams that we've been able to confirm that have shown an interest in Harrington include the Miami Dolphins, the Washington Redskins and the Tennessee Titans.

At this point, anything is possible and certainly everything is up in the air. The Chiefs offer up the most interesting opportunity, convincing Joey Harrington that he will be their future at the quarterback position when Trent Green finally hangs up his cleats.

If the Chargers need another quarterback, why not groom one with a second day pick instead of getting another signal-caller that has been a starter and disappointed along the way.

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