Philip Rivers knows Chargers will draft his heir apparent sooner or later

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Philip Rivers is 36. He understands he won’t play forever. At the same time, the Chargers quarterback insists he has plenty of football left in him.

If the Chargers draft a quarterback, it won’t hurt Rivers’ feelings.

“I look around at places, some guys that have had far more success than I have had, and they’re drafting quarterbacks,” Rivers said, via the team website. “So, it’s inevitable. It’s going to happen at some point. It’s happened at other places, we all know where they are. And those guys are either still sitting, or they’ve been traded. . . . You know at some point we are going to draft a guy, and I don’t see that as any negative. I think Tom [Telesco], John [Spanos] and coach [Anthony] Lynn, these guys know my desire to continue going and hopefully play at a high level for a handful of more years. But at the same time, shoot, as an organization you’ve got to prepare for down the road. If the right guy [is there that] they see fits, at some point they’re going to have to make that decision.”

Rivers has started every game since 2006, and the Chargers have no reason to believe he won’t do the same again this season.

“Philip, he’s still playing like a young man,” Lynn said. “This is going to be his squad. If we bring in another quarterback, it’s definitely a guy we feel like can sit for a couple of years and play behind Philip and learn, and maybe be the future.”

The Chargers currently have Cardale Jones and Geno Smith behind Rivers.

9 responses to “Philip Rivers knows Chargers will draft his heir apparent sooner or later

  1. It’s hard not to like this guy. Hopefully he’s around a few more years as expected. Maybe even see a postseason game with the weak division he’s in.

  2. Doesnt seem the Phillip Rivers combination has worked to get the ring. I think bottom line is his salary is too much for what he has contributed over and above any weaknesses of his team in getting to the SB!! The guy has never even been to the SB. I mean, either he drops his salary or you move on. When will these coaches learn in this new post rookie contract era!!! Paying whatever to get or retain a QB by paying market does not seem to be working so well in the new rookie deal era. The cheaper QB’s where you can load up on other talent is working. So Phillip needs to take a steep pay cut and allow his team to bring in what is obviously needed to get them to the big dance. Or Phillip will be hearing, “introducing Patrick Mahomes” rookie deal QB and then most probably he will never see a ring.

  3. Geno wasn’t all that bad in his one start last year.

    I think he’s grown up and see’s what’s ahead… mostly as a competent backup QB.

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