Will Philip Rivers eventually ask to be traded from the San Diego Chargers?

San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers was ranked seventh on Ron Jaworski‘s list of top 30 quarterbacks for the 2012 NFL season.  Rivers has a 63-33 career record as a QB during the regular season.  In six years as San Diego’s starter, Rivers has averaged 4,023 yards, 27 touchdowns and 13 interceptions per season.

Rivers needs to play better at times in the playoffs because although he averages 260 yards per game, he has a 3-4 record with eight touchdowns and nine interceptions in these games.  There have been postseason games in which Rivers played great like his three touchdowns and one interception performance against the Indianapolis Colts in 2007.  Rivers duplicated this in a playoff loss against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2008.  There have also been postseason games in which Rivers was not great as he had two touchdowns and seven interceptions in his other five games.  Eli Manning and Ben Roethlisberger were chosen in the same draft as Rivers in 2004. The New York Giants have won two Super Bowls with Manning, Pittsburgh has won two with Big Ben while Rivers has yet to play in a Super Bowl, so frustration must be building.

When attempting to build a contender, it does not help that former first round picks like Shawne Merriman, Luis Castillo, Antonio Cromartie, Craig Davis and Larry English battled major injuries at some point or did not live up to expectations. Merriman was released, Cromartie was traded and Davis was released. Rivers will have three years left on his contract after 2012.  If San Diego continues this state of limbo with mid to late first round picks like 2006-2009, 2011 and 2012, no major free agents and or no trades that makes them a Super Bowl contender, one has to wonder if Rivers will want to stay with the Chargers.












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  • Michael McCracken

    I believe Rivers’ contract locks him up thru 2015. Since his first start in 2006 he has won the afc west 4 out of 6 years, been named to pro bowl 4 times, and become the unquestioned leader and face of not only the team but also the community even being a finalist for the Walter payton man of the year award just last year. Playoffs have been a different story although 2 of their 4 exits were directly attributable to Kaeding’s chokes on normally easy kicks. Also how can you include 2012 in the list of years with no improvement thru free agency or the draft? Years prior sure but Meachem, Royal, Mclain, Parrish, Spurlock, Johnson, Bigby, Brown, Ingram, Reyes, Taylor, Green, Rosario, etc… Regardless of any opinions about these players you can’t say the organization didn’t aggressively try to bolster this lineup and show a commitment to winning. Maybe I’m missing something but I can’t see one reason why Rivers would even entertain leaving the Chargers.

    • Kenny Gardner

      I said that Rivers is signed for three more seasons after 2012, so what are you talking about? I said if San Diego continues this state of limbo with first round picks not that Ingram or any of the other draft picks will not contribute. I do not think many people would consider any of their free agent signings major moves. Parrish should help their punt return game if he can stay on the field because he missed 22 games over the last two seasons. Bigby’s health is also a concern as he missed nine games in 2008 and 12 games in 2010, so he has been injured off and on. Meachem should definitely be a better primary replacement for Jackson than Naanee was in 2010. I never said the organization did not try to improve weaknesses from 2011, but to say they were aggressive may be a stretch because they did not re-sign Jackson nor did they sign Mario Williams when they had the money to sign one of them as well as a decent amount of the players they added. Meachem and Royal combine to make an average of about $10.98 million per season while Jackson got an average of $11.1 million from Tampa, so they chose Meachem and Royal over the team’s best WR. Royal is a great punt return man, but Crayton has the potential to handle punt returns because he averages about 10 yards per return for his career. The Chargers were sixth in kick return average in 2011, so the Spurlock signing was not a necessity. San Diego has not made the playoffs since 2009, has not won a playoff game since 2008, went from a 13-3 record in 2009 to 9-7 in 2010 to 8-8 in 2011 and did not bring back Jackson even though Rivers wanted them to re-sign him, so these are reasons why Rivers could entertain the idea of asking for a trade if things do not change soon

  • john

    I’m sorry but this is obviously just a NFL doldrums piece that has no basis in reality. It’s basically pick a player and imaginary scenario then write a story about something 3 years in the future. Why not…will Andrew Luck asked to be traded if Colts keep up their losing ways?

    If you actually studied the Chargers or were from San Diego you would know that Philip wants to be a Charger for life. He is of the opinion…and confidence…that he can eventually lead the Chargers to a Super Bowl before his career is up. He is fully vested in the community of San Diego and everyone including the ownership want to see him remain a charger for life. Sure you could point to LTomlinson or Peyton but what you do not understand is that there is a intrinsic difference between Philip and those two players. Philip is not in this for himself…he is the ultimate team player and will never cease to believe he has a chance to win right where he started.

    Besides name one HOF calibre QB that has left his original team and won a Super Bowl in his waning years…yeah thats what I thought and I’m sure its a fact not lost on PR. Nice try but PR is a Charger for life and if this last offseason proves anything its that the Chargers are committed to getting better.

    • Kenny Gardner

      If you actually read the article instead of making assumptions, you would see that I never said Rivers will ask to be traded. I said one has to wonder if he will ask to be traded. Players can and are allowed to change their minds. Examples in different sports include Jim Thome saying that the Indians jersey would have to be torn off his back before leaving to play in Philadelphia after playing in Cleveland from 1991-2002. I’m sure he meant a lot to that community as well as LeBron James who said that he would not stop until he brought Cleveland a championship. One does not have to study a franchise or be from a town to ask a question about the future of a player. Rivers will be 34 years old after the 2015 season which is the end of his current contract, so it will not the waning years of his career considering his is a QB.

      • John

        I read every single word of the article…the article that’s titled “will Philip Rivers eventually ask to be traded from the Chargers?”! PR has never had a losing season in the NFL so I find the basis of the article pretty weak. Winning a Super Bowl is a pretty hard thing to do as Dan Marino will attest but the facts are that the Chargers have always been competitive with Philip at the helm. Will Rivers sign with another team in 6 years..I don’t know…but I’m willing to bet the farm he will never quit on the Chargers and ask for a trade. Comparing him to Lebron is like comparing him to Jeff George..someone with talent but not much loyalty.

        • Kenny Gardner

          The basis of the article is pretty weak yet San Diego has not made the playoffs since 2009, has not won a playoff game since 2008, went from a 13-3 record in 2009 to 9-7 in 2010 to 8-8 in 2011. The team is on a decline and I never said winning a Super Bowl was not hard, but one can still put himself in a better position by being on a specific team. You are entitled to feel that way, but I never said he would quit.

  • Mikhail

    This is a very interesting article and one definitely must wonder because this is certainly a possibility. After Rivers finishes out his deal on his contract, money will not be a concern, but Super Bowl appearances and more importantly, rings. So while I saw a lot of negative responses to this article, it would not be out of the question that this could happen. Every year it seems to be something else in San Diego. Whether it is the Special Teams giving up crucial touchdowns , inconsistency on the offensive line, a talentless defense, or very average quarterback play ( which could be a result of Rivers trying to do too much since the rest of team doesn’t make big plays). So if and when Rivers’ contract expires and San Diego hasn’t found some pieces to add that can really compliment him (and I’m talking big free agents and moves), it would not be out of the question. Good article and interesting for many Charger fans to ponder. However, most of these concerns could be eliminated if San Diego were to play in a Super Bowl.

    • Kenny Gardner

      Agreed because San Diego ranked first on offense and defense in 2010, but did not make the playoffs because of their special teams. Rivers led the NFL in passing yards during the 2010 season when Jackson missed 11 games and also had 30 touchdowns and only 13 interceptions. Although Tolbert had 11 rushing touchdowns that season, Mathews will be a better primary RB this season and the offense should be fine. San Diego needs a shutdown corner or borderline shutdown corner which they will more than likely do in the draft by trading up because I believe only four or five teams have less cap room heading into the 2012 season. Glad you read the title of the article and the content within it before commenting. We will see what happens