The San Diego Chargers are out of their Mind if They Trade Philip Rivers

Although the San Diego Chargers are denying it, there is a rumor they are putting former Oregon quarterback and 2014 Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota through a private workout. If the Chargers like what they see, there is speculation they would trade Philip Rivers to the Tennessee Titans to select Mariota at number two.philip_rivers_afr_usatsi

While Rivers is 33, he is an established quarterback in this league capable of putting up big numbers. Why would the Chargers want to trade a veteran who is one of the top ten quarterbacks in the NFL?

Rivers is heading into the final year of his contract, but can still play at a high level another 4-5 years. Is it worth drafting Mariota who will go through growing pains in the NFL as he transitions from the spread offense employed by the Oregon Ducks?

Maybe it is worth it in the eyes of Chargers’ management. However, what if the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are bluffing and draft Mariota? At the very least, San Diego should wait to see who the Bucs draft before trading into the number two spot.

Personally, I think Mariota will have a solid NFL career in the right system. San Diego does use the shotgun, but Rivers also lines up under center quite often before dropping back to pass.

In my opinion, the Chargers are always a competitive team and can remain that way with Rivers under center for the next 4-5 years. There is no sense taking steps back over the next two years with Mariota transitioning to the NFL. San Diego should try to draft a quarterback in the later rounds in one of the next few years to help develop as Rivers’ eventual successor.

And that’s as I see it!

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