SAN DIEGO (Sept. 19, 2006) -- The Chargers agreed in principle to
acquire quarterback Billy Volek from
Tennessee, giving San Diego a veteran to back up first-year starter Philip Rivers.
Volek's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told The Associated Press that
Volek was in the process of signing the form to waive his no-trade
"It's a formality at this point," Rosenhaus said. "We just have to take
care of that piece of paperwork, then Billy will be on his way back home
The Chargers are believed to be giving up a sixth-round draft pick that
could escalate to a fifth-rounder, depending on Volek's playing time.
The trade came two days after the Chargers routed Tennessee 40-7 at Qualcomm Stadium to improve to
2-0. The teams had been talking for days, but decided to wait until
after playing each other to complete the deal.
Volek, who played at Fresno State, was chosen the Titans' starter in
June after Steve McNair was traded to
Baltimore. But when the Titans signed Kerry Collins
on Aug. 29, Volek was dropped to third on the depth chart behind rookie Vince Young.
Rivers, a third-year pro, began the season with zero NFL starts and one
touchdown pass. In San Diego's two routs, he's completed 33 of 46 passes
(71.7 percent) for 343 yards and two touchdowns.
San Diego's only other quarterback through two games was rookie Charlie Whitehurst. He made his NFL debut in mop-up duty Sunday and
scored on a 14-yard run with 1:53 left. His father, David, played for
the Green Bay Packers from 1976-83.
Volek is "awfully enthusiastic about joining a team with the quality
that the Chargers represent," Rosenhaus said. "This is a nice
opportunity for Billy to go to a team that is playing very well right
now, and has a need for a veteran quarterback."
Officials from the Chargers and Titans didn't return phone calls seeking
Rosenhaus said he anticipated Volek would fly to San Diego on Tuesday.
The Chargers have their bye this weekend before facing their toughest
test yet, at Baltimore on Oct. 1.
"It's very fortuitous that the club has a bye this week because it gives
Billy a chance to learn the system and acclimate himself before the next
ballgame," Rosenhaus said.