The Chargers have told quarterback Philip Rivers that he won’t be traded, according to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union Tribune (Twitter link). Extension talks between the two parties are ongoing, adds Acee.
Though the rumors of a Rivers trade, specifically to the Titans, have been flying for some time, we heard on Monday that San Diego hadn’t had any discussions about moving its franchise quarterback, and were instead focused on extending him. Most reports centered around Tennessee acquiring Rivers, the 17th overall pick, and possibly more draft compensation in exchange for the No. 2 pick. Although the Chargers probably would have had a shot at Marcus Mariota, they presumably decided that either the haul required to move up was too great, or that Rivers was too valuable.
For the Chargers, this news means that they’ll stay put in the middle of round one for now, and probably target either offensive line help or a pass rusher. For the Titans, it means that they won’t be acquiring the veteran Rivers, and can now focus on either accepting another package for the second pick (possibly from Cleveland or Philadelphia), or staying at No. 2, and possibly selecting Mariota for themselves.