Chargers might need new quarterback

Updated: February 24, 2004, 4:42 PM ET
By By Scouts, Inc. | For ESPN Insider

With free agency beginning March 3 and the draft just around the corner, Scouts, Inc., breaks down the biggest offseason needs for the San Diego Chargers.

Quarterback: The biggest decision the Chargers will make this offseason is at quarterback. Aging Doug Flutie isn't the answer and Drew Brees' inconsistencies cast doubt on his future. Despite the presence of a great running game and the favorable perimeter matchups it created, Brees -- once considered a franchise cornerstone -- wasn't able to capitalize. With San Diego picking first overall in the NFL draft, it will have its pick of college quarterbacks Eli Manning and Ben Roethlisberger. But before that happens, the Chargers likely will shop Brees to test his market value. Depending on what it finds, the team figures to either 1) trade Brees and use the top pick on a quarterback or 2) keep Brees and trade down. For a team with many needs, accumulating multiple picks is a nice thought, but can it afford to pass on a shot at a franchise quarterback?