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How conservative Chargers would approach this offseason

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 07: Clelin Ferrell #96 of the Oakland Raiders sacks Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers at RingCentral Coliseum on November 07, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 07: Clelin Ferrell #96 of the Oakland Raiders sacks Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers at RingCentral Coliseum on November 07, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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CARSON, CA – DECEMBER 22: Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers walks off the field after the Oakland Raiders defeated the Chargers, 24-17, at Dignity Health Sports Park on December 22, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA – DECEMBER 22: Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers walks off the field after the Oakland Raiders defeated the Chargers, 24-17, at Dignity Health Sports Park on December 22, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

The Chargers could go all-in this offseason, but that doesn’t seem to be their method of operations. Here’s what they’ll do should they remain conservative.

The Chargers were poised to go all-in in one of two years: 2019 and 2020. 2020, in particular, looked to be the year they could have made the biggest splash. With them picking within the top ten (currently seventh overall), as well as potentially $54-64 million in cap space depending on roster cuts, the Chargers are poised more than ever to make noise as they enter their first season in Los Angeles.

However, as history has shown, Tom Telesco isn’t the kind of person to make game-changing moves in the offseason, and almost never around the trade deadline. His patience has served him well some years and doomed him in others. In 2019, it appears as if it were the latter, though injuries, holdouts, and the slew of turnovers from his Pro-Bowl quarterback were somewhat unexpected.

So, while I do believe the Chargers are actually going to be aggressive this offseason in an effort to make a splash in Los Angeles, here’s what they would do should they take their usual conservative approach:

Chargers will re-sign Philip Rivers

This isn’t necessarily a bad move, and it’s potentially more risky than it is safe. On one hand, the Chargers have an aging, turnover-prone, immobile quarterback. On the other, they have what some could consider the most important player this franchise has ever seen.

Re-signing Rivers is the conservative option. They know what they have in him, he’s as familiar with the organization as any other person in the building, and even in a truly down year he hasn’t been a terrible quarterback. Here, they go for the sure thing, for better or worse.

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