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.