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LaDainian Tomlinson thinks Rivers' time in San Diego may be over

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We all thought that the biggest off-season story in the NFL this year would center around the new destination of former Dallas Cowboys runningback DeMarco Murray.

With Murray now signed with the Philadelphia Eagles, all eyes were looking towards the draft which takes place in less than 10 days time.

We will finally have the answer to go who goes first? Oregon's Marcus Mariota or Florida State's Jameis Winston?

But away from the draft, could we have a third major quarterback story? (Away from the Mariota vs Winston battle and the return of Tim Tebow to the league)

One major doubt has emerged recently over the future of San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers.

Rivers has spent his entire career with the Chargers ever since they drafted him in 2004, but could his time with the franchise be done?

Rumours are that the franchise quarterback is frustrated with the decisions being made in San Diego, but one of his former team-mates has now had his say on the matter.

"You never want to trade your franchise quarterback. You know that's never the case. However, in this situation, they might have no choice but to do so," Tomlinson said Monday on NFL Network's NFL Total Access.

"I think he has lost confidence in the organization. He's seen a lot of changes going on and the L.A. thing is valid. Him not wanting to go to L.A. is very valid." - LaDainian Tomlinson on Rivers' current situation

Tomlinson played with the Chargers for eight years and for the first five years of Rivers career and is one of Rivers' more notable former team-mates.

Talking to NFL Total Access, Tomlinson highlighted the key reason he feels that Rivers has fallen out in San Diego.

"There are so many parts that are leaving. When Philip is looking around in that locker room and he doesn't see anyone that he's familiar with other than Antonio Gates."

Not a bad point given that the Chargers have now also lost one of their top receivers in Eddie Royal this year as he signed with the Chicago Bears.

Next year the Chargers star tight-end in Gates and safety Eric Weddle will both be free agents and the team will have some big decisions to make.

How to move forward?

Trading your franchise quarterback is never normally a good idea, but if Rivers has become disenfranchised with the team, is he worth keeping?

Who knows who the Chargers could be targeting if they lose Rivers, or even, if they could use him as part of a draft day trade.

There are countless quarterback hungry teams with high picks in the draft and a veteran like Rivers could be a more attractive prospect to some of them than drafting a highly rated rookie.

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