NFL: What will the Chargers do with Phillip Rivers?

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In the world of sports, there has been a lot of uncertainty looming around the San Diego Chargers and quarterback Philip Rivers. It’s hard to believe that the heart and soul of the organization could be wearing a different uniform in 2016, as he is a non-committal to the team beyond this upcoming season.

There has been a lot of speculation as to where Rivers could end up. A team that has been tied to Rivers’ name is the Tennessee Titans. Rivers has a well-documented history with head coach Ken Whisenhunt, as he was the offensive coordinator for the Chargers in 2013.

It’s just a rumor, but it makes a lot of sense to trade Rivers to the Titans. They own the second overall pick in the draft. What’s more is that the Chargers have shown interest in former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. 

 He is arguably the best player in this year’s NFL Draft.

Many ESPN and NFL analysts have agreed that this is a real possibility, however I formulated something much more exciting.

I know it’s highly unlikely that it will happen but with all the craziness that took place already this off-season (Foles and Bradford trade, Lesean McCoy trade to the Bills, and etc.), we can say anything is possible.

Marcus Mariota is a great athlete, but I don’t think he fits the Chargers’ scheme because they have traditionally used a pocket passer Drew Brees, Doug Flutie, and now Philip Rivers.

Let’s add another team in the equation; the Philadelphia Eagles.

Now let’s say the Chargers trade Rivers for the second overall pick. I think the team could trade that for a young veteran signal caller in Sam Bradford. Yes, Sam Bradford, the same Sam Bradford that has missed consecutive seasons with a torn ACL. 

Despite having injury concerns he is still more ready to play right away than Mariota. 

Of course the Chargers will not trade the second overall pick for just Bradford. 

Why does this make sense?

We all know that Eagles head coach Chip Kelly is unpredictable and does things very sporadically. This makes the Eagles a likely suitor to trade with. Also they have a problem; Sam Bradford isn’t exactly the right man to run the fast paced offense that Chip Kelly has envisioned. It is true that Kelly turned Nick Foles into an all-pro quarterback, two seasons ago using the same scheme but wouldn’t it be better if they can acquire a Russell Wilson type player like Mariota, who can run the offense to its fullest potential? So if it is possible why not trade Bradford to the Chargers and a few picks to trade up and get a guy like Marcus Mariota?

In reality the Eagles will probably have to give up Bradford, their current first round pick, and a first round pick the following year. It isn’t quite as bad as you think, considering the Washington Redskins gave up three first-round picks and a second-round pick to acquire Robert Griffin III in the same spot of the 2012 NFL draft to move up just four places.

Why this benefits both teams

  • For the Chargers, it gives them more flexibility to move around in the draft because they only have six total picks this year. 
  • They can fill other needs such as running back, defensive tackle, and offensive line. Also add depth at the corner and outside linebacker positions.
  • Most importantly they will have a pocket-passer in Sam Bradford that can run a more pro style offense. He is a drop off from Rivers but with a good supporting cast the Chargers can still remain competitive in 2015.
  • The Eagles can get Marcus Mariota at a reasonable price.
  • Chip Kelly gets a player he is familiar with and knows that can run his offense to its fullest potential.

It is a win-win for both teams!

“Why don’t the Titans just trade their second overall pick to the Eagles for Sam Bradford and a few other picks?” you might ask.

Well, the reason for that is Ken Whisenhunt has built chemistry with Philip Rivers. The combination of familiarity with scheme and the expectation is much more enticing then taking someone like Sam Bradford. Rivers gives the Titans a better chance to not only make it to the playoffs but also challenge the reigning AFC South Champions.

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Daiki Sato

Daiki Sato a Southern California native and San Diego State Alumni. Loves all things sports. He covers the Portland Trail Blazers and the Los Angeles Dodgers for Sports Out West.


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