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03-11-2005, 05:35 PM
Too bad...I have always liked Flutie...exciting to watch play QB...

Chargers release Flutie

By BERNIE WILSON, AP Sports Writer
March 11, 2005
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Doug Flutie was released by the San Diego Chargers on Friday, possibly marking the end of a long career that included stops in three professional leagues.

The 42-year-old quarterback, best-known for the ``Hail Mary'' pass that helped him win the 1984 Heisman Trophy, had two years left on his contract and was due a roster bonus of approximately $350,000 on Tuesday.

Flutie signed as a free agent with the Chargers in 2001 and started all 16 games that season as he mentored rookie Drew Brees. Brees took over as starter in 2002, although Flutie made five straight starts in 2003 after Brees was benched.

Brees had an outstanding season last year and the Chargers also have Philip Rivers, the fourth overall pick in last year's draft and second-year man Cleo Lemon at quarterback. The team carried four QBs last sason.

Flutie's last start came in the Chargers' regular-season finale on Jan. 2 against Kansas City, when Brees was rested for the playoffs. He scrambled around, as he often did, and threw one touchdown pass.

Flutie had hoped to play at least one more season with the Chargers because his daughter will be a senior at La Jolla High next year.

The 5-foot-10 Flutie always battled doubts about his size. San Diego was his fourth stop in his NFL career, which was interrupted by an eight-year stint in the CFL.

03-11-2005, 07:45 PM
dumb move, the 49ers should sign him.

03-11-2005, 07:50 PM
Cardinals should sign him...with Green at the helm, chances are he'd start at least three game :rolleyes:

Class of 1990
03-12-2005, 01:19 AM
Cardinals should sign him...with Green at the helm, chances are he'd start at least three game :rolleyes:

When I read the thread headline I was thinking Warner should be happy he got his 4 million. But I bet Green probably knew Flutie would be cut.

On the subject of washed up QB's.

Jets sign Jay Fiedler (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news;_ylc=X3oDMTBpZ2NvMjltBF9TAzk1ODYxMDU5BHNlYwN0 aA--?slug=ap-jets-fiedler&prov=ap&type=lgns)

``I know (Pennington's) shoulder situation,'' Fiedler said during a conference call. ``That's going to allow me to come in and get a lot of work in the offseason, get a good familiarity with the players around here. Once Chad gets back, I know he's the guy. I'm going to push him as hard as I can and try to make him the best quarterback he can be as well as doing what I can to make myself the best quarterback.''

Nice back up talk. :)

03-12-2005, 06:18 PM
As a huge Phins fan, I couldn't be happier that Fiedler is gone. He and Feely blow donkey nuts!

03-12-2005, 07:47 PM
Flutie is 42 and isn't a good QB. He was a good play-maker but I'm not sure if he can do that anymore. There is a distinction between being a good QB and being a good playmaker. Flutie will make as many big plays as a lot of QBs but because he doesn't adhere to strict fundamental drop backs he can get the team in trouble. He will take 7 or 9 step drops on nomally 5 step drop play because of his size. Consequently, the ball will come out late. He does make things happen with his feet though.