Tom Telesco: “Our plan and intent” is for Philip Rivers to be our quarterback

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Speculation about quarterback Philip Rivers’s future with the Chargers has been swirling for a while now as Rivers heads into the final year of his contract.

There’s been talk of a trade, perhaps to the Titans for the second pick so that the Chargers can select Marcus Mariota, and Rivers’s own comments about not extending his contract until it expires to fuel that speculation. Rivers reported for the first week of offseason workouts this week, however, and General Manager Tom Telesco said Wednesday that the team’s goal is to keep him in the fold.

“Philip is our quarterback. It’s our plan and intent [that] he is our quarterback well into the future,” Telesco said.

Plans can change with the right trade offer, of course, and it takes two to make an extension that keeps Rivers in the organization so Telesco’s comments probably won’t do much to quiet the chatter that Rivers could move on to another team. Until a new deal is signed, Rivers’s future will continue to be a major topic of conversation around San Diego, Nashville and other points around the league.

49 responses to “Tom Telesco: “Our plan and intent” is for Philip Rivers to be our quarterback

  1. Bill Belichick’s plan is not to cheat every year but thatonly lasts until about week 3 or 4 when they are getting their butts handed to them.

  2. The only way this makes any sense is if the Chargers:
    1. Know they are moving to LA
    2. Know that Rivers will retire rather than play in LA.

    They were almost a playoff team last year, why take a step back by trading a great QB for one that has a questionable future and at best would take a few years to develop?

  3. As a San Diegan and Charger fan, Rivers is doing the most for our city than any other individual trying to keep the team here. He is using his leverage to help the team stay…obviously he wants a big contract, but he is also doing his part to getting the team to stay.

    In the words of Teddy KGB – “Pay that man his maaaahny!”

  4. But why didnt he sign the big money extention? Might as well get something for a guy who will leave next year now!

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    They have the franchise tag, so Rivers is there for 2 more years and the Chargers won’t be in LA next year, maybe in 2017 0r 2018, but the Carson plan has a long way to go.

  5. Rivers isn’t going anywhere.

    TN isn’t going to trade the pick for a QB who wants $20m a year and might be around another 5 years (3 in prime form). They can draft their next QB if the future in the first round for the next 5 years and not shelf out what they pay for Rivers.

    Rivers wants SB winning QB money in HUD next contract. 411 he doesn’t have a ring.

    So here’s what happens. No trade, Rivers let’s his contract expire goes free agent and finds out that the Charges mskr him the best offer (far and away).

    He then plays in LA for the Chargers (and I still don’t understand the NFLs infatuation with LA) or retires.

  6. jchipwood says:
    Apr 22, 2015 2:30 PM

    Bill Belichick’s plan is not to cheat every year but thatonly lasts until about week 3 or 4 when they are getting their butts handed to them.

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    Remember when Malcolm Butler cheated at the end of last year’s Superbowl?
    How many tears did you shed over the sheer unfairness of that?
    I hope your mother was around to comfort you.

  7. GM speak for “Nothing is set in stone, and I’m not telling anyone anything”

  8. if he doesn’t wanna move to his family the short distance to LA, why would he be open to moving them to Nashville?

  9. Nice reporting which perpetuates this rumor that Rivers is gone. Retweet and don’t watch the PRESS CONFERENCE he just held where the language was very clear. I wish my college professors let me be so vague and ambiguous with the truth for my exams. I’d have been summa cum laude.

  10. jchipwood says:
    Apr 22, 2015 2:30 PM
    Bill Belichick’s plan is not to cheat every year but thatonly lasts until about week 3 or 4 when they are getting their butts handed to them.

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    too funny! you sound like a lot of my fellow colts fans! hate is blinding. and you’d have to be blind to not see the greatness that is BB and the NE Pats. They are champs again. yes it hurts but facts are facts.

  11. Thus guaranteeing that he’ll be traded, or that they at least want to move him. Ask GB if they’re looking to move Double Check. Or ask the Texans if they want to move Watt. You’ll get a resounding “NO” instead of some vague reference to intent and plans.

  12. unitas19 says:
    Apr 22, 2015 2:44 PM

    what’s this guy ever one?

    Nothing but for some reason the “experts” pick the Bolts to win just about every year. Of course they have been doing that since Bubby Brister.

  13. Chargers with the #1 overall pick in the 2004 draft wind up with the loser QB with 0 rings and 0 SB appearances, passing up on two QBs with 2 rings each.

    LOL

  14. -Tom Telesco: “Our plan and intent” is for Philip Rivers to be our quarterback.

    Well Tom, that’s our plan and intent as well…now lets just see if we can make it happen!

    HURRY UP DRAFT DAY!!!

    Go Titans!

  15. My view is that the decision on Rivers is coming from higher up in the organization that Telesco. Regardless of what people think of Rivers, he is by far their best player, and the face of the franchise. He is very durable. There is no way that the Charger ownership is not in on this decision as to whether Rivers stays or goes.

    As for Telesco’s comments, he is saying exactly what needs to be said when you are posturing to make your best deal.

  16. Chargers with the #1 overall pick in the 2004 draft wind up with the loser QB with 0 rings and 0 SB appearances, passing up on two QBs with 2 rings each.

    LOL

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    They drafted Eli. They can’t help that Eli is a whiny little bish that forced a trade.

  17. For those of you who don’t know the facts.

    Probowls;
    Philip Rivers 5
    Eli Manning 3
    ..
    TDS
    Philip Rivers 252
    Eli Manning 259
    ..
    INTS
    Philip Rivers 122
    Eli Manning 185
    ..
    W-L
    Philip Rivers 88-56
    Eli Manning 91-76
    ..
    QB Rate
    Philip Rivers 95.7
    Eli Manning 82.4
    ..
    Comp%
    Philip Rivers 64.7
    Eli Manning 59

    In any and EVERY measurable way, when it comes to ability, Rivers is CLEARLY the better QB.

    Eli has two rings, I’ll give him his due. Just imagine if the Giants had selected Rivers instead, they might have had 5 or 6 SBs by now.

  18. I don’t understand the Chargers. I’m a Chargers fan in Louisiana (the other LA lol) but this organization seems a mystery. They’re one of the oldest franchises in the league yet seem almost anonymous. The Raiders and 49ers have had their dominant eras out west yet the Chargers seem to have always just been there, almost in a neutral state. Now uncertainty is smothering this organization. No one knows if the club really wants to stay or really wants to go. It’s a neverending status of neutrality. It’s a beautiful city with so much to offer yet a fan base that seems only mildly interested at best. It’s like The Chargers are the Switzerland of the NFL.

  19. Get the feeling the ownership might want to be bad for a year or two so it can get out of San Diego and to LA with less fuss? Fans want to keep a 12-4 team. A 2-14 team? Not so much.

  20. 12coltsfan12 says: Apr 22, 2015 2:34 PM

    I would like to see Grigson trade Luck for Rivers straight-up. Luck cannot get by the Pats and has been a playoff failure.
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    So it’s Andrew Luck’s job to stop the run too? Are you sure you’re a Colts fan?

  21. Rivers isn’t going anywhere. He’s under contract this season (2015-16) with a cap number of 17.4 mil. Next year (2016-17) the franchise tag would cost just under 18.5 mil (based on this year’s tag numbers – may go up a bit). The year after that (2017-18) a second tag would cost 22.2 mil. Another tag (2018-19) would be a bit costly at just under 32 mil. All said though, that’s 4 years and 90.1 mil for an average of 22.525 mil per season. That’s assuming they don’t ever come to terms on a long term deal, which they will. He is a franchise QB, whether you like him or not.

    – 16th in NFL history with 252 touchdown passes
    (Needs 24 more to rank top 10)
    -20th in NFL history with 3,025 passing completions
    -20th in NFL history with 36,655 passing yards

  22. “footballradioshow says:
    Apr 22, 2015 5:07 PM”

    All said though, that’s 4 years and 90.1 mil for an average of 22.525 mil per season. That’s assuming they don’t ever come to terms on a long term deal, which they will. He is a franchise QB, whether you like him or not.
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    Correct!! $22.5M per year is what it’d cost if they actually did a long term deal with about one-half of that guaranteed. Management isn’t letting him go anywhere for the next 4 years. He’d have to retire to not play for the Chargers (and that he just might do).

  23. “In any and EVERY measurable way, when it comes to ability, Rivers is CLEARLY the better QB.”

    Superbowl Rings…is all that should really matter. Even Philip Rivers will tell you that!

  24. @partymoney:

    Because SD is probably the most awesome city in America, LA is a cesspool, and Rivers is from Athens, Alabama, about 1 1/2 hours from Nashville. I think what he’s saying is if he’s leaving SD, he’s going where he wants rather than to LA….has nothing really to do with distance.

  25. Superbowl Rings…is all that should really matter. Even Philip Rivers will tell you that!
    ====================
    I’m sure he would. I agree there is nothing better than owning SB rings. My point was that Rivers is the better QB.

    I’m not sure where Eli is in his current contract, but there is NOBODY out there saying, ‘Man, if only Eli Manning was available, our team. . . .”

  26. “thefutureofoil says:
    Apr 22, 2015 4:43 PM
    Get the feeling the ownership might want to be bad for a year or two so it can get out of San Diego and to LA with less fuss? Fans want to keep a 12-4 team. A 2-14 team? Not so much.”

    With only 3 home games out of the last 7 after the bye, I think it’s more than just the owners. It’s the League.

  27. theuglitruth says:
    Apr 22, 2015 5:57 PM
    “Superbowl Rings…is all that should really matter. Even Philip Rivers will tell you that!

    Defense and circus catches.

  28. Floyd and Gates for Adrian Peterson. Rivers for # 2 pick Mariota QB and Tennessee’s second round pick in 2016. Weddle to Jags for the # 4 pick in the draft and get Amari Cooper WR. Opens up cap space time to rebuild.

  29. Or here’s a plan Titans brass…. Trade down in the draft for more picks, we have a lot of needs on both offense and defense right now. Our team was a disaster last yr. start building through the draft. Roll with Mettenburger for this yr, if he don’t pan out then get Rivers for nothing (without giving up draft picks) if he becomes a FA next yr.

  30. Interesting, since the Sun-Times is already reporting that the Chargers will trade Rivers for the 2nd over-all pick.

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