Phillip Rivers dropped a huge bombshell on the San Diego Chargers yesterday when he revealed in an interview that he won't be signing a new contract any time soon.
Rivers spoke to UT San Diego yesterday, according to Dave Peters of CBS Sports, and admitted that he will be playing out the 2015 season without re-signing and will see if he wants to stay with the Chargers at the end of the season.
This news seems to have got the Chargers scared, and reports have come out stating that they could be ready to pick Marcus Mariota in the 2015 draft.
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According to a recent piece from ProFootballTalk, the Chargers are looking into the possibility of moving up in the draft and that the rumours about them making a move for the former Oregon Ducks star just won't go away.
As Mike Florio of PFT notes in the article, the NFL's official website reported last week that Mariota would be working out privately with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New York Jets and the Chargers. One of those teams is not like the others.
The New York Jets are in desperate need of a quarterback following the failed Geno Smith experiment and with Michael Vick being too old to be a starter. The Bucs are in exactly the same boat, having let go former starting quarterback Josh McCown in free agency and with young QB Mike Glennon seemingly not trusted by the organisation.
Those teams also hold very high picks in the draft, with Tampa Bay having the 1st overall pick and with New York coming in at number six to make their choice.
The Chargers meanwhile have the 17th overall pick in the Draft and also have a franchise quarterback. Teams tend to not pick QB's early when they already have a very good one on their roster.
And when Chargers general manager Tom Telesco apparently declining to rule out a trade, a very potential outcome could see Rivers go to the Tennessee Titans for the second overall pick in the draft, and with it seeing Mariota come in to San Diego (or Los Angeles if that move does eventually happen).