Why the Chargers will not trade Philip Rivers

By Mike Murray
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Dec 14, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) comes off the field during the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Scenario Three – The Middle Ground We trade PR for the #2 pick straight up.  We give up the future Hall of Famer for what we hope is another future Hall of Famer.

Why it won’t happen – there is too much risk on each side.

For Tennessee – Brass will need to explain to a fan base why they rented a QB for one year when they could have picked up a QB for the future.  It would be a high-risk endeavor unless you think you can get Philip to sign a multi-year contract and carry you to a super bowl in 4 years when your rebuilding project is done.  That’s sound like a horrible plan.

For San Diego – In a small market with a struggling fan base, you will need to explain why you traded away one of their most beloved players for a high risk QB in the first round.  And the fans will torch Mariota and the team leadership  for every mistake he makes by saying, “I knew we never should have traded PR for this bum.”  Mariota will struggle under the criticism and be a bust.  That also sounds like a horrible plan.

As I see it, someone is going to have to do something stupid to make this happen.