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|The free agent market over the last two seasons has not been kind to Rivers. Last season, he lost running back Darren Sproles and watched as his diminutive checkdown option went on to enjoy a career season in New Orleans with 1,313 total yards and nine touchdowns. This off-season, Rivers watched as his top wide receiver Vincent Jackson left town for a lucrative long-term contract the Chargers were unwilling to give him. While Robert Meachem will take over for Jackson in the Chargers starting lineup, he is an inconsistent player and both Gates and Malcom Floyd have proven to be injury-prone. On the positive side, Rivers enjoyed arguably the best year of his career in 2010 despite numerous injuries amongst his receiving corps and losing Jackson for most of the season due to a holdout, suspension and injury. However, that comforting fact is offset by his performance in 2011 when he threw a career-high 20 interceptions in what was regarded as the worst year of his career. Rivers is still too good and the Chargers throw it too much for him not to be a starting fantasy quarterback but the odds of him cracking the top 5 in 2012 are unlikely. Consider him a mid-tier to lower-end fantasy starter this season.
|Philip Rivers trade rumors are dying -- Thu Apr 30 9:00 am --|
Chargers not expected to move up for Mariota
|The door on what would have been the biggest draft-day deal in Chargers history looks to be closed. And it's because Philip Rivers' championship window is still open.
Barring a Bruce-Willis-is-dead-like plot twist, former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota will not be moving to San Diego.
(San Diego Union Tribune)|
FF Today's Take: There's been speculation over the last few weeks that the Chargers might move Rivers to the Titans in exchange for Tennessee's No.2 overall pick. It's been reported in recent days that the Chargers are attempting to sign Rivers to a contract extension. If a deal is going to be made for Tennessee's No.2 pick, it's likely to come from Cleveland or Philadelphia.