Chargers: Five benefits of bringing back Philip Rivers

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KANSAS CITY, MO – DECEMBER 29: Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers and defensive end Chris Jones #95 of the Kansas City Chiefs hug after the game at Arrowhead Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)

Tom Telesco’s end of the year press conference suggested the Chargers still had plans for Philip Rivers. Here are a few of the benefits of re-committing.

The Chargers don’t have Philip Rivers under contract in 2020, but that doesn’t mean they’re done with him just yet. Tom Telesco’s end of the year press conference suggested the team still values No. 17 and will explore bringing him back as part of their plans for next season. Here’s why bringing back their face of the franchise for at least one more season is incredibly beneficial:

Chargers benefit No. 5: They can take best player available at No. 6

Forget quarterback for a moment, and take a look at all the talent that can be had at sixth overall. Whether it be one of the draft’s best tackles in Andrew Thomas, a linebacker/corner/safety hybrid in Isaiah Simmons, or corner Jeffrey Okudah, all could be instant impact players for the Chargers. Having Rivers gives them the luxury of addressing needs with high-end talent, rather than spending their early selection on Justin Herbert or Tua Tagovailoa.

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