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CHARGERS TO BEGIN TALKING CONTRACT WITH RIVERS

At a time when a fading superstar could soon see his days in San Diego end, another member of the offense could soon be cashing a huge check as part of an even bigger contract to stick around for a long time.
Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the Chargers are preparing to open contract discussions with quarterback Philip Rivers.
“You offer a contract and hope for the best,” G.M. A.J. Smith said.  “We’ll have a contract [offer] and hope it’s successful. If not, we have the franchise [tag].”
Rivers is signed through 2009, at a salary of $6.5 million.  If the Chargers opt to use the franchise tag the following season on Rivers, it won’t matter that they’ll be paying him north of $15 million for one year since absent a new labor deal there will be no salary cap.
And while on the surface the prospect of using the franchise tag on Rivers would mean that linebacker Shawne Merriman will become a free agent, the rules of the uncapped year permit only players with six years of accrued service to become unrestricted free agents.  Thus, since 2009 will be only Merriman’s fifth year, the Chargers would be able to try to hold him in place via one of the restricted free agent tenders.
The Chargers likely would use the highest tender, which would guarantee a first-round and a third-round pick as compensation if another team makes Merriman an offer that the Chargers choose not to match.
So there’s a chance that, even as the days of LaDainian Tomlinson are dwindling, the Chargers will find a way to keep some of their other big name players around.

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12 Responses to “CHARGERS TO BEGIN TALKING CONTRACT WITH RIVERS”
  1. jasonjfrench says: Jan 21, 2009 8:26 AM

    Rivers should of been MVP as he posted way better numbers than Peyton Manning and he’s beaten him twice in the playoffs he should of been MVP. More touchdowns and yards with less to work with. Rivers deserves $218 million a year cause he’s the best QB in the history of the NFL

  2. joetoronto says: Jan 21, 2009 8:37 AM

    jasonjfrench says:
    January 21st, 2009 at 8:26 am
    Rivers should of been MVP as he posted way better numbers than Peyton Manning and he’s beaten him twice in the playoffs he should of been MVP. More touchdowns and yards with less to work with. Rivers deserves $218 million a year cause he’s the best QB in the history of the NFL
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    “the best QB in the history of the NFL”?
    I don’t know wtf you’re smokin there, frenchy, but I want some, lol.
    Rivers is the real deal and deserves to cash in, no doubt about it.
    Dude is very talented and tough as nails.
    But “the best QB in the history of the NFL”?
    Ah, no.

  3. SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK says: Jan 21, 2009 9:05 AM

    The best QB in the history of the NFL will be Matty Ice, the Atlanta Falcon’s Matt Ryan! I rubbed my crystal ball, the smoke cleared to reveal the future, and it is a beautiful thing. I have 2 crystal balls, and they’re HUGE. GO FALCONS!

  4. redwards says: Jan 21, 2009 9:05 AM

    I’m going to go ahead and assume that first post was a joke.
    But yes, the Chargers need to lock Rivers up.

  5. ampats says: Jan 21, 2009 10:18 AM

    jasonjfrench, enjoying your morning buzz?? No straight person would post such nonsense.

  6. jasonjfrench says: Jan 21, 2009 10:56 AM

    No im serious he should of been mvp he had more touchdown passes than Manning and he was the MVP of my fantasy team putting $2,000 in my pocket

  7. brauneyz says: Jan 21, 2009 11:00 AM

    I can’t stand Rivers, but certainly the Chargers should move the earth to retain him. Does anyone else think that A.J.’s wording of “contract offer or franchise tag” sounds a little crass? Rivers is your star QB fergawdssake! Way to apply pressure before the talks have even begun.

  8. jcdavey says: Jan 21, 2009 11:05 AM

    you can’t win mvp without a good win loss %
    that said, rivers did get screwed out of the OPOY award simeply because AP voters were enamored with the yards passing stat and neglected the fact that rivers threw for the same amount of tds, in 160 less passes as brees, and that rivers had a much higher qb rating
    in fact he led the entire nfl in qb rating, and yards per attempt, without much of a rushing attack to back him up.

  9. VonClausewitz says: Jan 21, 2009 11:26 AM

    LT’s future with the Chargers is limited. Teams know what a failing proposition it is to throw big money at an injured back regardless of how dominant he may have been. It’s funny, a year ago he was by far the best back in the league and now he’s almost an afterthought. I expect SD will throw their money at their other core players and move LT. Perhaps someone like the Pats will be involved. They seem to be in play whenever a talented vet is undervalued.

  10. steeltown pride says: Jan 21, 2009 11:54 AM

    Just pay Rivers based on his winning percentage and play against the Steelers lol ……….. Dont overpay for him now . Dont want to let Merriman get out the door .

  11. bets super bowl says: Jan 21, 2009 1:50 PM

    Chargers have a lot of upcoming contracts – it would be nice to get LT at a cheaper price tag considering his production in the playoffs over the last two years.
    They are paying him to be their everything but I think it’s clear that Rivers has overtaken him for that role

  12. Zinn says: Jan 21, 2009 2:11 PM

    Can they use the franchise tag on Rivers in 2010 in an uncapped year?

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