Charlie Whitehurst is in and Volek is out as Philip Rivers' backup with the San Diego Chargers. Whitehurst agreed to a two-year contract Friday to return to the Chargers. A short time later, the Chargers released Volek.|||||||
Volek's most memorable appearance with the Chargers was in January 2008 when relieved the injured Rivers in the fourth quarter of a divisional playoff game at Indianapolis and led a game-winning, eight-play, 78-yard drive that he capped with a one-yard sneak to defeat ex-Colts QB Peyton Manning.
The Chargers and Volek have agreed to a two-year contract Saturday.|||||||
Volek, 35, enters his sixth season with the club. He hasn't started for the Chargers, but after Philip Rivers was hurt against the Colts in the 2008 Divisional Playoffs, Volek replaced him and led the Chargers to the victory at Indianapolis. Volek started 10 games for the Titans from 2003-05 and has a career passer rating of 84.9.
Chargers coach Norv Turner says Volek will get some playing time in Sunday's meaningless regular-season finale against the Washington Redskins. Turner says Pro Bowler Philip Rivers will start.|||||||
Volek hasn't had significant playing time since leading the winning drive at Indianapolis in January 2008 to put the Chargers in the AFC championship game. He didn't take a snap in 2008 and has had only three mop-up appearances this year in relief of Rivers.
Volek agreed Friday to a three-year contract to return to the Chargers. Terms were not available.|||||||
Volek said remaining with the Chargers was more important than trying to land a starting job with a team that wasn't as good as the Chargers, who reached the AFC championship game before losing to New England. He's expected to beackup starter Philip Rivers, who is rehabbing from reconstructive surgery on his right knee.
Volek entered the Chargers' playoff game at Indianapolis after starter Philip Rivers was taken to the locker room after hurting his right knee.|||||||
Volek was making his playoff debut in the contest.