According to reports, the San Diego Chargers could be willing to franchise tag their quarterback, Philip Rivers, twice if need be.
Jason La Canfora report for CBSSports.com said that the Chargers and Rivers have made ‘significant progress’ towards a new deal. A new deal could be sorted out before the new season begins or after the season is over, but that isn’t a guarantee.
However, if no deal is agreed upon, the AFC West team is not afraid to use the franchise tag on the five-time Pro Bowler in 2016 and 2017 if it is required. That is if the 33-year-old doesn’t decide to retire at any point during that period.
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Putting Rivers on the franchise tag would mean he is going to be paid $20+ million a year, $25 million in 2016, and then a 20 per cent pay rise the season after to $30 million.
From this, it’s obvious that Rivers wants to keep playing for the Chargers, despite all the speculation about the team moving to Los Angeles. The money they’re offering the quarterback though is ridiculous for that kind of time period. It will make it difficult to invest in the team around him.
It certainly will be quite difficult for the Chargers come the end of this season. Not only does Rivers’ contract expire, but so does Antonio Gates’ and Eric Weddle’s. With how high some salaries are becoming for safeties in the NFL, the chances of Weddle getting the contract he wants at the Chargers is very low. This is probably his last year with the team.
As for Gates, his four-game suspension means he might find it tough to prove himself to the team. He isn’t the same player he was in 2009 and 2010 any more and at the age of 35, this could be his last season with the team as well.