He is expected to be the No. 3 quarterback behind Philip Rivers and Billy Volek. San Diego clearly feels more comfortable having a veteran and known commodity like Whitehurst as a backup than a youngster.
Two years ago, San Diego traded Whitehurst to Seattle in a deal that moved the Chargers up 20 spots in the second round of the 2011 draft. San Diego also received a third-round pick last season. Seattle had hoped Whitehurst was their quarterback of the future. Whitehurst started four games, threw 155 passes and had three touchdowns in Seattle.
Meanwhile, the Chargers continue to talk to running back Mike Tolbert, but other teams are in the mix as well.