Rivers addresses his situation in San Diego, sort of

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On Wednesday, Chargers G.M. Tom Telesco said the it’s the team’s “plan and intent” to keep quarterback Philip Rivers.  On Thursday, Rivers essentially said it’s his plan and intent to stay.

Thanks to the magic that is Twitter, Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report shared a message from Cameron Curran of The Classical Academies, who says that in a visit to the school Rivers told the assembled crowd “he’s playing in San Diego and not to believe the media.”

In this case, “the media” includes former Rivers teammate LaDainian Tomlinson, who has said that he believes Rivers wants out of San Diego.  “The media” also includes U-T San Diego, to which Rivers said last month that he’s not inclined:  (1) to extend his contract before it expires after the season; or (2) to move his family to Los Angeles.

It’s entirely possible that the chatter about a potential trade arises from posturing regarding the quarterback’s next contract.  But with Telesco not clearly and unequivocally dismissing the possibility of a trade and declaring that Rivers will remain with the Chargers for the rest of his career and acting as if even the mere question of a possible departure is an affront to Telesco’s intelligence, the door remains open for Rivers to walk out of town.

35 responses to “Rivers addresses his situation in San Diego, sort of

  1. No need to put “the media” in quotes, Mike, when LaDainian Tomlinson and UT San Diego are, in fact, the media.

    Tomlinson and UT/Acee are both speculating here. Rivers only said he doesn’t want to move to LA. Not that he doesn’t want to play in San Diego.

  2. He should just be honest.

    Rivers: I’m a redneck from a flyover state and can barely deal with liberal San Diego. The is no way I can deal with even more liberal LA.

  3. Absent Rivers’ retirement at the end of the 2015-’16 season, he’s not leaving. His current salary level, and any pending franchise tag application for multiple years to come, work together to make keeping him a Charger quite financially do-able for the franchise for years to come. Absent Phil, we’d resemble the Raiders…!

  4. No need to put “the media” in quotes, Mike, when LaDainian Tomlinson and UT San Diego are, in fact, the media.

    Tomlinson and UT/Acee are both speculating here. Rivers only said he doesn’t want to move to LA. Not that he doesn’t want to play in San Diego.

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    Hell, he didn’t even say he didn’t want to play in LA(he said on radio that he had no problems with LA).

    The man just really likes San Diego and doesn’t want to move. And I can’t say I blame him.

  5. As a Titans fan I’m sick of hearing about this. If it’s going to happen it has a 15 minute window of actually happening. That 15 mins between the Bucs pick & when our pick is due.

  6. As a Ravens fan I don’t have a horse in this race so to speak, but if the Titans are really willing to give up the number two pick for Rivers and SD’s number 1 I don’t see how you can’t make the deal.
    Betting on a college QB is always a risk, but if you hit on Mariotta (or Winston) you could be set up at QB for the next 12 years. What if Rivers does walk next year and all you get is a compensatory pick (at best an end of second round pick).

    Seems like a no brainer

  7. If I had 7 kids, Los Angeles would be one of the last places on Earth I’d want to move to.

  8. If you’re a multi-millionaire, guess what; LA would NOT be a bad place to live.

    Tennessee would be stupid to give up too much for him unless they think they could actually contend for a SB – not just playoffs – with him and do it very soon given his age.

  9. I’m missing something here. Where’s the contradiction between “he’s playing in San Diego and not to believe the media” and “he’s not inclined to move his family to Los Angeles”?
    But well, how could we live without the daily “report” on the Chargers moving to LA and Rivers being traded to Tennessee?

  10. Florio, your rhetoric, as always, leaves much to be desired.

    “clearly and unequivocally”

    Definition please? What series of words meets your standard? Rivers also hasn’t said he’s looking to play elsewhere “clearly and unequivocally”, so…

    “the door remains open”

    …master of the obvious. EVERY player in the NFL from Tom Brady on down could be traded. Even though there is no evidence Rivers will be traded, continue to type and hit post.

  11. Rivers going to TN makes little sense. He may take them from 2 wins to 7. A team like the Bills need him. A top notch QB is the final piece for a Super Bowl run.

  12. nyyjetsknicks says:
    Apr 23, 2015 4:05 PM
    He should just be honest.

    Rivers: I’m a redneck from a flyover state and can barely deal with liberal San Diego. The is no way I can deal with even more liberal LA.

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    Dude San Diego puts all non-bible belt conservative cities to shame. LA on the other hand…

  13. Right!

    That appears to contradict the fact that the Chargers have been wining and dining Marcus Mariota the
    Oregon QB who is expected to be picked #2
    in the upcoming NFL Draft..

    Tennessee is picking #2.
    Chargers want Mariota.
    Titans Coach and former Chargers Coordinator
    Ken Whisenhunt is close to and wants Rivers on the Titans.

    Rivers is not entering into contract extension talks with
    the Chargers…

    The facts are pointing to Rivers going back to the South….Tenn is very close to Rivers home State of Alabama.

  14. Don’t get it. If he truly said he’s inclined to move to L.A.(by the way, I live here and true, Not a good place for a family 😉 )
    and he then is traded, wouldn’t he move to wherever he’s traded to? Unless he said anywhere but here in S.D. where we’d have to move to L.A.
    Now, San Diego is a stones throw. Why the need to move here with San Diego if team moves here. If traded, I’d imagine he’d move his family to possibly Tennessee or elsewhere . He must not mind Tennessee.
    I’m thinking the L.A. reporting was took out of context.

  15. footballradioshow says:
    Apr 23, 2015 4:01 PM
    You don’t trade franchise QBs for prospects. Rivers will remain a Charger. Franchise tags or contract extension. It’s as simple as that.
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    Didnt they trade Drew Brees and keep a prospect in Rivers?

  16. nyyjetsknicks says:
    Apr 23, 2015 4:05 PM
    He should just be honest.

    Rivers: I’m a redneck from a flyover state and can barely deal with liberal San Diego. The is no way I can deal with even more liberal LA.
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    So because someone doesn’t want to live in LA means they’re a redneck? This might surprise you but there are a whole crap ton of people who would rather shoot themselves in the foot than live in LA or NYC. We’re all plenty happy living somewhere in between.

  17. I know it’s a pipe dream with too many ‘ifs’ to make it happen…..but as a Jets fan, my dream draft is IF Mariota slips to them and IF SD wants him and IF Rivers is willing to live in NJ and IF SD includes their pick…..I’d like a trade for Rivers to happen. He could bank 3 years of postseason appearances before Mariota is capable of being 2nd string

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