Chargers Shoot Down Philip Rivers Trade Rumors
There has been some growing chatter about the potential of San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers getting traded. With San Diego potentially uprooting after this year and the 33-year old Rivers having a deal that expires in 2016, the talk wasn’t completely ridiculous.
Except, to the Chargers, it is. Per reports, the Bolts still deem Rivers to be “their guy” and that any trade rumors aren’t “even on the radar”.
One the Move
With Rivers not signed beyond 2015, the Chargers and their veteran gunslinger are in a bit of a bind. Rivers has already stated he won’t sign an extension before the end of the year, and many have speculated it’s because the Chargers could be moving to Los Angeles. Should that happen, it’s possible Rivers would look elsewhere for employment, or at age 34 could just retire.
Rivers and the Chargers could also be delivering a nice smokescreen as we waltz into draft season. The Tennessee Titans sit at #2 overall in the 2015 NFL Draft and have been tied to Rivers. Rivers is from Tennessee and a hometown return would be at the very least interesting for him, while he’d also be reunited with former San Diego offensive coordinator and now Titans head coach, Ken Whisenhunt.
The Titans aren’t the only potential suitor, either. While not overly likely, teams with needs at quarterback like the Buffalo Bills, New York Jets and Cleveland Browns could make a play for Rivers. There also have been some quiet whispers about a trade that could send Rivers to Philadelphia.
Most of it doesn’t make all that much sense, and the most logical ending is Rivers sticking in San Diego for one more year. Anything beyond that is anyone’s guess.
One More Try
One key reason Rivers would want to stay on, also, is he’s been a Charger his entire pro career. He’s never gotten past the AFC title game and he’d probably love to reach and win a Super Bowl with the only team he’s ever know. The Chargers made the playoffs in 2013 and came close last year, so it’s arguable that they’re close to making a deep playoff run. Of course, that’s not likely to happen without Rivers. Stay tuned.
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