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For Chargers, It's Time for Rivers to Produce

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Jun 13, 2006.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: Washington Post
    <blockquote><img width="290" height="193" title="Philip RIvers" alt="Philip RIvers" src="http://www.chargers.com/assets/118/24389_700w450h.JPG" />

    By Mark Maske

    Offseason Roundup: San Diego Chargers

    The San Diego Chargers thought their transition from Drew Brees to Philip Rivers at quarterback would begin two years ago. That's when they engineered their draft-day trade for Rivers to replace Brees. But Rivers reported to training camp late that summer because of a contract dispute and Brees refused to surrender the job, posting the two most productive seasons of his career and leading the Chargers to one playoff berth and another winning season.

    Brees always was on borrowed time in San Diego, however. Rivers wasn't going to sit on the bench forever. When the Chargers could have signed Brees to a long-term contract extension last offseason and traded Rivers, they didn't. They didn't commit to Brees. Instead, they used their franchise-player tag to keep him off the free-agent market and kept Rivers right there, looking over Brees's shoulder. After Brees hurt his shoulder in the final game of last season and the Chargers missed the playoffs, it was clear to most people in the league that Brees probably was done in San Diego. They were right. The Chargers didn't use their franchise tag on him this time, and he left by signing a six-year, $60 million contract with the New Orleans Saints as a free agent.</blockquote>
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