On Tuesday afternoon, the San Diego Chargers claimed Zach Mettenberger off of the waiver wire after he was released by the Tennessee Titans.
Mettenberger will serve as backup to Philip Rivers this season, with the possibility that he develop into an eventual starter over the next few years. As it turns out, the Chargers weren’t the only team who wanted in on the Mett Show.
Per ESPN reporter Field Yates, the Giants and Bengals also showed interest:
Source: two teams other than the Chargers attempted to claim QB Zach Mettenberger, the Giants and Bengals.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) May 18, 2016
Obviously, San Diego had priority due to the fact that they were worse of the three teams, allowing them to make such a move. Several analysts anticipated that the Giants among other teams in need at the quarterback position such as the New York Jets would have substantial interest in Mettenberger, but the Bengals’ attempt to claim him was a bit more of a shock.
The Bengals appear to be sitting pretty at the quarterback position with Andy Dalton starting and A.J. McCarron as a solid backup. Both McCarron and the Ryan Nassib, current backup to Eli Manning, have been the subject of trade rumors this offseason though nothing has been confirmed.
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