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Philip Rivers willing to wait on contract to help Melvin Gordon

SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 20: Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers reacts after throwing a fourth quarter touchdown pass to wide receiver Malcom Floyd #80 against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium on December 20, 2014 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 20: Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers reacts after throwing a fourth quarter touchdown pass to wide receiver Malcom Floyd #80 against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium on December 20, 2014 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Philip Rivers doesn’t mind waiting for his contract to play out, especially if it might help a running back rejoin the team.

Philip Rivers has been wrongfully under fire for his comments regarding Melvin Gordon and the running back corps, a product of misquoting a bit from an article from the Los Angeles Times. Fortunately, it seems enough Chargers fans have some sense in them to follow the source and do their own homework, opting to view it as more of a non-story.

In an interview on Sirius XM NFL Radio, Rivers opened up about his own contract situation, stating he has no problem finishing out his current contract and waiting on the next one. As someone who has not missed a start for about a decade and a half, Rivers shouldn’t have any worries about earning another deal. The interviewer then went to ask Rivers if waiting on his contract could help a certain running back their contract contract. This is his response:

Hey, if it does, awesome. You want our team to have the best chance to go win. Hopefully we see Melvin soon, certainly [he] adds a great deal to our team…He’s a big part of our team, and so we hope to get him back soon and get him out here soon. When we see him, we’ll be fired up, and until then we’ll go prepare like crazy [like] he’s not gonna be here. But you certainly pull for him and hope everything gets worked out.

What a line-crossing, selfish jerk he is.

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Rivers has restructured his contract in 2013, 2016, and 2017 to help the Chargers either retain players or sign new ones in the event of an injury. As the face of the franchise through two stadiums (eventually three), no one has better represented what it means to be a player for this organization, for better and for worse. To see him, of all people, dragged through the mud by certain media outlets is insulting to possibly the greatest player in franchise history. It’s interviews like the one above that, when not rearranged to fit a narrative, show the true character of No. 17.

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