Despite reports that the Chargers are looking to trade QB Philip Rivers for Marcus Mariota, the team is maintaining that Rivers is still their man.
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San Diego Chargers GM Tom Telesco refuted numerous rumors that the Chargers were arranging for a trade QB Philip Rivers to a top team in the 2015 NFL draft in exchange for a pick to draft Marcus Mariota.
In a conference with the Chargers on Wednesday, Telesco said the team plans to stick with Rivers – refuting recent rumors that the team wants to trade Rivers to whichever team drafts Oregon QB Marcus Mariota in the 2015 NFL draft.
Telesco: “Philip is our quarterback. It’s our plan and intent he is our quarterback well into the future.”
— San Diego Chargers (@Chargers) April 22, 2015
Rivers took over as the starting QB for the Chargers in 2006 after the team allowed former starter Drew Brees to test free agency. In his first year as a starter, Rivers went 14-2 and was named to the Pro Bowl.
In nine seasons as the Chargers’ starting QB, Rivers has made the Pro Bowl five times and has led the NFL in completion percentage, passing yards, TDs and yards/attempt on separate occasions. But Rivers struggled in 2014, leading the league with 18 INTs, which has led some to speculate Rivers is looking to leave San Diego and join a new team.
The Tennessee Titans are considered the frontrunners for such a trade since A) they own the No. 2 overall draft pick – which essentially guarantees Mariota would be available if the Titans acquire that pick, and B) they are coached by Ken Whisenhunt, who helped Rivers have one of his best seasons as the Titans’ offensive coordinator in 2013.