San Diego Chargers: Philip Rivers Will Not be Moved Unless He Demands a Trade

By Kenny Gardner
Philip Rivers San Diego Chargers
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The San Diego Chargers signed Philip Rivers to a six-year extension worth $92 million in 2009. Rivers led the NFL with a 105.5 QB rating in 2008 and his 34 touchdown passes were tied with New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees for the NFL lead. Rivers finished his 2009 season with 4,254 passing yards and 28 TDs.

Rivers led the NFL with 4,710 passing yards to go along with 30 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 2010 when Vincent Jackson, Antonio Gates and Malcom Floyd missed a combined 22 games. This was huge because Jackson, Gates and Floyd led San Diego in receiving yards in 2009.

The 2011 season was a struggle for Rivers as his 20 interceptions were tied for third with Rex Grossman, but Rivers still ranked eighth in TD passes and 11th in QB rating. Rivers ranked ninth in TD passes and 11th in QB rating last season when his offensive line allowed 49 sacks which was fourth in the league.

Rivers ranks second in turnovers over the last two seasons and there are multiple articles on saying that he could be traded. Rivers has two years left on his deal after the 2013 season and it would be a mistake for the front office to trade Rivers unless he demands to be traded to a better team.

The Dallas Cowboys would improve if they traded Tony Romo for Rivers, but San Diego would be worse off because Romo just got a huge contract extension and has not proven himself in the playoffs.

If San Diego’s front office decides to trade Rivers, it would be a move to start from scratch because the only realistic veterans available through a trade make about the same amount of money as Rivers. This makes a trade pointless because the guys available would cost just as much money and the team would be the same or worse.

A team like the Minnesota Vikings would be interested in Rivers because they signed wide receiver Greg Jennings and having Rivers with Jennings would take pressure away from running back Adrian Peterson.

If San Diego’s front office trades Rivers after the 2013 season, it should be to a team that has a top-five or top-10 pick so San Diego could choose their own QB to replace Rivers and choose a WR with their other first round pick.

I do not see San Diego’s front office trading Rivers unless he demands to be moved because if an elite receiver like Victor Cruz is signed or San Diego trades for Larry Fitzgerald, they would be contenders again.


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