Conner, Clemens Are Chargers
By Stan Chrapowicki
San Diego Chargers GM Tom Telesco apparently has a thing for former Indianapolis Colts.
Telesco, who worked in various capacities for Indianapolis from 1998-2012 before being hired by the Bolts last year, reeled in his second ex-Colt this week – inside linebacker Kavell Conner – who signed a three-year contract with the Chargers on Thursday, according to the Associated Press. Former Indianapolis running back Donald Brown signed with San Diego on Tuesday.
The Bolts have also found a replacement for former backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst. In addition to landing Conner, the Chargers agreed to terms on a two-year contract with former St. Louis Rams quarterback Kellen Clemens on Thursday as well.
Clemens, 30, spent parts of the last three seasons as Sam Bradford’s backup. After Bradford suffered a knee injury midway through the 2013 season, Clemens started the last nine games, completing 142 of 242 passes for 1,673 yards, eight touchdowns and seven interceptions.
A second-round pick by the New York Jets in 2006, Clemens played collegiately at Oregon. He spent five seasons with Gang Green before landing with St. Louis in 2011.
Earlier Thursday, Clemens tweeted the following: Going to miss St Louis and the amazing teammates and people we have met here but excited for a new chapter in San Diego!!
A seventh-round pick by the Colts in 2010, Conner, 27, appeared in 52 games for Indianapolis, starting 36. The former Clemson Tiger had a career-high 104 tackles for the Colts in 2011, playing in all 16 games and starting 15.
Meanwhile, Whitehurst -- who was an unrestricted free agent -- has agreed to a two-year deal with the Tennessee Titans, according to Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean. Whitehurst, 31, who appeared in two games for San Diego in 2013, is reuniting with new Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt, the Chargers’ offensive coordinator last season.