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Chargers GM: QB Rivers ‘our guy’

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Quarterback Philip Rivers has reservations about a commitment to the San Diego Chargers with a potential relocation to Los Angeles in play, but the franchise is not parting with its quarterback according to general manager Tom Telesco.

Rivers, who has seven children, said earlier this month he is not planning to sign a new deal with the Chargers while the team’s future is sorted out. But Telesco considers Rivers a Charger, not a trade chip.

“It’s not even on our radar,” Telesco told ESPN.

The Tennessee Titans could have interest in Rivers. Former Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt is in need of a franchise quarterback in Nashville. The Titans might have the right trade chips to acquire a quarterback, starting with the No. 2 overall pick in next month’s draft.

“He’s our guy,” Telesco said. “Like I’ve said before, we’d like to extend him. And when he’s ready, we’ll get moving on it.”

Media connecting the dots had even more ammunition on Monday when reports surfaced that Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota would work out for the Chargers.

Rivers was the fourth overall pick in the 2004 draft, chosen by the Giants to be traded for Eli Manning in a pre-discussed swap. Rivers, like Ben Roethlisberger and Manning, could command a new deal worth $20 million per season. Roethlisberger, selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the same draft, signed a five-year, $99 million deal last week.

Clarity on the Chargers’ stadium situation could come sooner rather than later. Owner Dean Spanos will host commissioner Roger Goodell and other NFL luminaries sometime this spring, and the subject of stadium plans. For several years, the Chargers sought a new stadium or major renovation, but the city and its residents are lukewarm to the plans to date.

On February 20, Spanos and Raiders owner Mark Davis announced a collaborative proposal to build a privately funded stadium in Los Angeles. The two teams announced March 20 that a petition with 14,000 signatures, twice the number required to get the stadium plan introduced to local voters, was in hand for a stadium plan in Carson, Calif.

The leader in that race in St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke, who has a $1.8 billion complex plan in the works. His 80,000-seat stadium sketch and plan was expected to be given to NFL owners this week in Phoenix.


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