- Paul Kuharsky, ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- While I’m not getting any stronger sense that San Diego is going to actually look to deal quarterback Philip Rivers, the big draft-related decisions of that sort typically will come next week.
One player-turned-media member who is very familiar with Rivers and the Chargers doesn’t see Rivers staying in San Diego this season.
Here’s what LaDainian Tomlinson said Monday night on NFL Network’s NFL Total Access.
On if it makes sense for the Chargers to trade Rivers:
“I don’t know if it makes sense. You never want to trade your franchise quarterback; that’s never the case. However, in this situation they might have no choice but to do so because I don’t know if Philip wants to be there anymore. I think he’s lost confidence in the organization. He’s seeing a lot of changes going on and the LA thing is valid; him not wanting to go to LA, that is very valid, I can see that. So no, it doesn’t make sense to move on from Philip because he’s a franchise quarterback and he still has three to four very good years left.”
On what Rivers has lost faith in given that he has had two productive seasons in a row:
“But the parts around him keep on moving. The receiving corps keeps on changing; Eddie Royal is now gone. We talked about this before with Vincent Jackson leaving years ago. There are so many parts that are leaving where Philip is looking around that locker room and he doesn’t see anyone he’s familiar with other than Antonio Gates. Now to that point, Antonio Gates next year is a free agent. Eric Weddle is going to be up. Next year the Chargers have a lot of decisions to make with a lot of key guys, so Philip could be looking at the situation and thinking we’re not close to winning a championship anytime soon.”
On if he thinks Rivers will be the Chargers' starting quarterback next season:
“I personally don’t think so. I really think this is a situation where Philip Rivers wants to move on. The reason why I think that and the reason why I feel like that is the Chargers have already approached Philip about doing another contract and he declined it. He doesn’t want anything to do with it; he didn’t even want to talk about another contract with the San Diego Chargers. That tells me that he’s thinking about moving on.”
LaDainian Tomlinson said he thinks Philip Rivers wants to move on from being the Chargers' quarterback.