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There is 'little urgency' from the Phillip Rivers and his camp for the quarterback to sign a new deal with the San Diego Chargers, according to reports.

The 33-year-old is in his final year of his six-year contract he signed in 2009 with the Chargers, but he isn't rushing to sign a contract extension.

As training camp is coming up soon, most teams will want their star players on new contracts if they are due but Rivers for the Chargers is still only contracted to the 2015 season.

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The San Diego Union-Tribute said: "His expressed comfort in allowing the year to play out as such has been followed by an appropriate pace of action, little urgency coming from his side of the negotiation table in recent months as the Chargers maintain the hope to sign him long term."

Pro Football Talk have said Rivers has been reluctant to sign a new deal because of his disagreements with the team moving away from SanDiego.

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However, the six-time Pro Bowler has also said he is open for discussion. He said to Pro Football Talk: "All I can say at this point regarding an extension is I’m willing to listen to anything. I’m also willing to play it out. I’m just fired up to be the Chargers QB in 2015.”

EPSN said Rivers would be delighted to stay at the Chargers as well because of what he has accomplished there. "There's been a lot of great memories, and a lot of awesome games, seasons, friendships, training camps and on and on," he said.

"So that would be awesome [to stay]. Obviously, as players none of can choose how we all want it to work out. But if that's how it works out, I'd be fired up."

Does he deserve to stay? Definitely. Since signing his six-year contract in 2009, Rivers has been to every Pro Bowl expect for one (2012). It would take a serious drop in form for the Chargers to lose interest in Rivers.

Since signing his six-year deal, Rivers has had 25+ touchdowns every season, and has also thrown for 4,200+ yards every season expect for one (2012). Yet, during that same time scale, the Chargers have only been to the playoffs once in 2013.

Rivers must step up to change this statistic if he wants a contract he can't refuse. It will be tough to begin that run for a playoff spot next season as the Chargers will be without one of Rivers' favourite target men, tight end Antonio Gates, for the first four games.

That is what I believe is the only difference between Rivers being given a new contract to last him to the end of his career, and him parting ways from the Chargers at the end of next season.

Rivers' contract will not be the only big name contract the Chargers have to decide on before the end of next season. Gates, wide receiver Malcom Floyd, and safety Eric Weddle could also become unrestricted free agents at the end of next season.

Whether it is a new location or a change of the old guard, there will definitely be a change of scenery at the Chargers soon.

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