Los Angeles Chargers signing Geno Smith to 1-year deal

Insurance for Philip Rivers will come in the form of Geno Smith for the Los Angeles Chargers next season.

The Bolts announced Sunday they agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the former New York Giants and New York Jets quarterback.

Smith, who will presumably slide in as Rivers’ backup in 2018, heads into a quarterback room that also features Cardale Jones.

Seven, 12, seven, 15, six, 11. That’s the number of games the Carolina Panthers have won in each of the last six seasons. The Cam Newton era has been a roller-coaster ride, partly because Newton himself has had an up-and-down career. That makes it hard to get a bead on the Panthers in March or April, but it did often feel as though they were lucky to be in contention in 2017.

Does that mean they’re going to follow the pattern above and return to mediocrity in 2018 Carolina did a nice job replacing departed defensive tackle Star Lotulelei with the cheaper-but-better Dontari Poe, but it also lost All-Pro guard Andrew Norwell.

The Panthers brought ageless pass-rusher Julius Peppers back at a heavily discounted rate, but they also made a weird decision to trade still-promising young cornerback Daryl Worley for the washed-up Torrey Smith.

The point is the Panthers haven’t done anything to indicate they’re going to be able to keep up with New Orleans or Atlanta in the NFC South. Both the offense and defense are good, not great, and veteran linebacker Luke Kuechly is a huge question mark.

For the Panthers to get back into the Super Bowl picture in 2018, Newton might have to will them there.

He wasn’t in my doghouse. I don’t have a doghouse, Lewis said. I think he’s all the ability we wanted. That’s why we drafted him. He had to get fixed. We knew he was injured going in and he got nicked up a couple of times in his lower legs and the other shoulder was bothering him. He’s all fixed now.

The Philadelphia Eagles will have a target on their back in 2018, and they’ll have to try to avoid a Super Bowl hangover with questions at quarterback. Franchise quarterback Carson Wentz is still recovering from a late-season ACL tear, and while backup Nick Foles helped Philly win Super Bowl LII, Foles has lacked consistency throughout his career.

Even if Foles does come through and Wentz does return in a timely fashion, the salary cap-strapped Eagles will be without veteran slot cornerback Patrick Robinson, who was a huge part of the team’s Super Bowl run but departed for New Orleans in free agency. Defensive tackle Bejets_040