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Giants & Bengals Also Placed Waivers Claims For QB Zach Mettenberger

According to Field Yates of ESPN, the Giants and Bengals both placed waivers claims for QB Zach Mettenberger on Tuesday.

However, they were ultimately trumped by the Chargers, who held a much higher waiver priority.

As of now, the Giants have Ryan Nassib as the backup to Eli Manning, so it appears as though they’re at least open to the idea of bolster the level of competition for the No. 2 quarterback job.

As for the Bengals, A.J. McCarron is in place as Andy Dalton‘s backup and actually showed some promise for them last year. Mettenberger may have been just a No. 3 option to them.

In the end, the Chargers won out and Mettenberger will now reunite with Ken Whisenhunt, who coached him in Tennessee for the past few years. Mettenberger also gives San Diego a young quarterback to develop in the coming years.

Reports from Monday mentioned that the Titans actually made Mettenberger available for trade and were just looking for a late-round pick in return for him. However, no team was willing to part with even a seventh-round pick for Mettenberger.

It’s possible that these teams knew Mettenberger was going to end up on waivers at some point, and it was best for them to wait until later to grab him.

Mettenberger, 24, is a former sixth-round pick of the Titans back in 2014. He’s currently in the third year of his four-year, $2.345 million rookie contract and stands to make a base salary of $600,000 for the 2016 season.

In 2015, Mettenberger appeared in seven games and threw for 935 yards while completing 60.8 percent of his passes to go along with four touchdowns and seven interceptions.