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Former Bison QB Easton Stick will re-sign with Chargers, will back up Herbert

Former fifth-round draft choice was free agent, remains in L.A. to possibly become QB2

Former NDSU Bison and current Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Easton Stick
Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Easton Stick (2) drops back to pass against the Seattle Seahawks during the fourth quarter Saturday night at Dignity Health Sports Park. Jake Roth / USA TODAY Sports

Former North Dakota State quarterback Easton Stick will remain in Los Angeles and appears to have received a promotion.

Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported Monday morning that Stick has agreed to terms with the Chargers and will back up starter Justin Herbert.

Stick will sign a one-year deal for $1.8 million, according to NFL.com reporter Tom Pelissero.

Stick's first four seasons in the league were spent as the No. 3 quarterback with the Chargers, so if as Rapoport's tweet indicates he is now the second-string QB that would be a move up the depth chart.

The Chargers took Stick in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL Draft after he had a record-setting career with the Bison. The Omaha, Neb., native is the all-time winningest quarterback in Football Championship Subdivision history.


He has played in one regular-season game, taking two snaps. He completed four-yard pass and knelt down at the end of a game.

Stick's original rookie contract expired after last season and he indicated to a Fargo radio station that he was ready to test the waters of free agency, seeking a situation where he could have an opportunity to play. But with no resume as a starting quarterback, being a No. 2 QB was always his best option.

A return to the Chargers was always on the table because last year's QB2, Chase Daniel, is 36 years old and also played out his contract. Daniel could still return to L.A., which would push Stick down the depth chart.

Terms of Stick's new deal were not immediately announced.

Stick earned $965,000 in 2021, part of his original four-year deal that paid him a total of $3.26 million.

Mike McFeely is a columnist for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. He began working for The Forum in the 1980s while he was a student studying journalism at Minnesota State University Moorhead. He's been with The Forum full time since 1990, minus a six-year hiatus when he hosted a local radio talk-show.
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