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17 Philip Rivers QB
Height/Weight: 6-5/228 | Birthdate: 12/8/1981 | Birthplace: Decatur, AL, USA | Team: San Diego | College: North Carolina State | NFL Experience: 12 | Owned/Started%: 97/45 | Average Draft Position: 90.58
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Chargers' Franklin: Rivers more 'approachable' than Manning


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2015) Chargers offensive lineman Orlando Franklin, in an appearance on NBC Sports Network's Pro Football Talk Live, said Philip Rivers is a more "approachable" quarterback than Peyton Manning

Franklin spent the past four years with the Broncos and has played with Manning the past three seasons. He joined the Chargers this offseason as a free agent. 

“[O]ne thing I noticed immediately when I got here is that Philip Rivers is definitely more approachable than Peyton,” Franklin said. “I don’t know if it was because I was a lot younger being that I met Peyton in my second season and now meeting Phillip going into my fifth season but definitely I will say Phillip is more approachable than Peyton.”


Report: Chargers expect to reach long-term deal with Philip Rivers


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) A month ago rumors swirled about the Chargers possibly trading Philip Rivers

Now it appears Rivers won't be heading anywhere anytime soon. According to a report from NFL.com, the Chargers are confident in reaching a long-term deal with Rivers. 

Rivers is entering the final year of his contract, in which he is due $15.75 million. 

A year ago, Rivers threw for 4,286 yards, 31 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. 


Chargers' Philip Rivers on trade rumors: Didn't come from me


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers denied that he or his representatives were behind the trade rumors involving him and the Titans, reports ESPN.com.

"I not once, nor did Jimmy [Sexton, his agent], ever say anything about [wanting to be] traded," he said. "I don't know what the story is. I'm here. And glad that I am... I'm willing to listen to an extension. I am willing to play it out. What's so wrong about that approach?"

Rivers can become a free agent after the 2015 season and he said he's only concerned with the upcoming season.

"It's not the day before free agency starts next year. It's business as usual for me around here," Rivers said. "Not trying to be difficult. Just feel that it's a dead story."


Chargers QB Philip Rivers 'willing to listen' in regard to extension


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2015) Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers expressed enthusiasm Friday for the future of the franchise - and his place in it. He also spoke about ongoing contract negotiations intended to keep him in San Diego.

"A lot of moving parts and lots to think about," he told U-T San Diego. "Location, family, team ... 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."

The pick of running back Melvin Gordon in the first round ended speculation that Rivers would be used as a bargaining chip in a trade. The quarterback added that he's eager to see him in action up close, but that he knows quite a bit about Gordon already.

"I watched Melvin on many Saturday night highlights," Rivers said. "...It's exciting. We have a great group of backs. We are at our best when 50-50 run/pass. This group gives us a great chance to be that."


Report: Chargers intend to keep and sign Philip Rivers to extension


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Despite reports of trade rumors, the Chargers remain intent on signing quarterback Philip Rivers to a contract extension, reports Fox Sports.

Rivers can become a free agent after the 2015 season if he does not sign an extension. There have been reports of the Chargers discussing trading Rivers to the Titans for the No. 2 overall pick in this year's draft, which the Titans denied

During the 2014 season, Rivers threw for 31 touchdowns and 4,286 yards.


Report: Chargers never discussed trading Philip Rivers to Titans


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) The reported talks between the Chargers and Titans involving quarterback Philip Rivers never transpired, sources told U-T San Diego.

The Titans own the No. 2 pick in the upcoming NFL draft and Rivers can become a free agent after the 2015 season, but the source said a trade involving Rivers was never discussed 'at all.'

Chargers coach Mike McCoy previously said that the team plans on having Rivers until he retires.


Chargers' interest in Mariota could translate into trade of Rivers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) The trade rumors that have been swirling around Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers gained strength with the news that team representatives flew to Oregon to witness a Tuesday workout by potential NFL standout Marcus Mariota. The indication is that the Chargers are seriously considering trading up to draft Mariota and using Rivers as a bargaining chip.

Mariota is certainly unlikely to slip to No. 17 in the first round, where the Chargers sit. And Rivers appears equally unlikely to remain in San Diego - he has already expressed his plan to play out the one year remaining on his contract rather than sign an extension.


McCoy: Philip Rivers will be a Charger until retirement


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) Chargers coach Mike McCoy said that the team has no intention of cutting ties with quarterback Philip Rivers

Speaking to the media at the NFL Owners Meetings, McCoy said Rivers was "one of the best in the business", per NFL.com. 

"The only thing I'm worried about is this next season. We can't worry about 2016 and beyond," McCoy said. "He's under contract for this year, and we plan on Philip Rivers retiring a Charger."


QB Philip Rivers unsure of long-term future with Chargers


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Quarterback Philip Rivers is contemplating that 2015 could be his last season with the Chargers, he told the UT San Diego. When asked if he will play out his current contract without agreeing to extend with the team, he said, "Yes."

“What I can control and all I know as of today, I am signed up for one more year,” he said. “I guess things could change, but with all the uncertainty in many aspects, I don’t see it changing before camp gets here, and when camp gets here I’m even more certain to play it out.”

With the uncertainty surrounding the Chargers possibly moving to Los Angeles, Rivers was rather frank about the difficulty recreating what he and his family has established in San Diego.

“What we’ve established here with my growing family is hard to recreate,” he said. “It’s hard to up and recreate that. I know that moves are part of life. But that certainly is fair to say that (not being sold on moving to Los Angeles) is part of it. The good thing is I’m not under contract in a year where we’d potentially be in Los Angeles.”

The 12-year-veteran has started all 16 games each season for the Chargers since 2006, his first year as a starter for the team. He currently has started 144 consecutive games, second-longest in the NFL behind Eli Manning, and thrown for 36,655 yards with 252 touchdowns and 122 interceptions over his career.


Chargers' Philip Rivers will not need back surgery


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/9/2015) Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers will not need surgery on his back, according to 101 KGB FM.

Rivers told the radio station, "At this point, the back injury is not requiring surgery. We'll kind of revisit it in a month or so. But everything is improving. I'm back to my regular workouts and running around."

Rivers dealt with a bulging disk in his back down the stretch, which impacted his play. He did not miss a game due to the issue. 

The 33-year-old Rivers is set to enter the final season of his contract in 2015. He'll make $15.57 million next year. Rivers is coming off a season in which he threw for 4,286 yards and 31 touchdowns. 


Chargers' Philip Rivers calls reports of bulging disk 'not accurate'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2014) Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers declined to convey the full nature of his injuries, calling previous reports of him dealing with a bulging disk, "not accurate," U-T San Diego reports.

However, Rivers did not rule out having surgery on the back, which is a possibility this offseason.

Rivers did not appear to be himself toward the end of the season due to an assortment of injuries. He threw for 2,213 yards with 20 touchdowns and five interceptions through the first eight games of the season. In the final eight games, he compiled 2,073 yards, 11 touchdowns and 13 interception.


Philip Rivers throws two interceptions in season-ending loss to Chiefs


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/28/2014) Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers went 20 for 34 for 291 yards and two interceptions in San Diego's 19-7 loss to the Chiefs.

With San Diego down 16-7 near the end of the first half, Rivers tried to connect with wide receiver Eddie Royal, but was picked off by Kurt Coleman. 

His last interceptions came in the final seconds with the Chargers trying to add a late touchdown. 

Rivers finishes the year over 4,000 passing yards for the sixth time in his career.


Chargers' Philip Rivers: I feel 'a lot better' this week than last week


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/23/2014) Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers told reporters he "definitely" feels "a lot better" this week than last week from physical standpoint, per U-T San Diego. Rivers is nursing a bulging disk in his lower back after completing 33 of his 54 pass attempts for 356 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions in his team's 38-35 overtime win over the 49ers in Week 16.

San Diego opened as a 3-point underdog at Kansas City. The line has dropped to 2 1/2 points.


Chargers' Philip Rivers (back) expected to play finale vs. Chiefs


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/23/2014) Chargers coach Mike McCoy told reporters Monday that quarterback Philip Rivers is expected to play Sunday's regular season finale against the Chiefs despite nursing a bulging disk in his lower back, per ESPN. McCoy indicated that the decision for Rivers to play was a group decision.

"The player's health is No. 1.," McCoy said.

Rivers compiled for 356 yards while completing 33 of 54 passes, adding four touchdowns and three interceptions in Saturday's 38-35 win over the 49ers in overtime. He has posted 3,995 passing yards, 31 touchdowns and 16 interceptions in 15 games.

San Diego opened as a 3-point underdog at Kansas City. The line has dropped to 2 1/2 points.


Philip Rivers too unpredictable to use


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/21/2014) Facing a top-five defense and having to do without top wide receiver Keenan Allen, who was sidelined by a broken collarbone, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers looked like he didn't stand a chance Week 16 at San Francisco. After all, he hadn't been playing so great anyway, perhaps because of a bulging disk in his lower back, throwing for multiple scores in just one of his previous six games.

So naturally, he goes and throws for four touchdowns Saturday night, completing 33 of 54 passes for 356 yards. He had three interceptions as well, but the net result for his Fantasy owners was extremely positive.

Of course, only 41 percent of them actually benefited from it. The rest sat Rivers, who again, had done his best to sink them in recent weeks.

I wouldn't let this performance change my approach to him in the season's final week. His previous two matchups against Denver and New England had the makings of shootouts, and he couldn't make it happen. And now come reports of him looking into back surgery in the offseason. Clearly, he's not feeling right, and he's playing with less than a complete arsenal. So while he deserves credit for this big game against the 49ers, you shouldn't anticipate a repeat in an even more difficult matchup Week 17 at Kansas City.


Report: Philip Rivers considering surgery for bulging disk


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2014) Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers has a bulging disk in his lower back, sources told Chris Mortensen of ESPN on Sunday.

Rivers converted a pair of fourth downs and led his team to a 14-play, 80-yard drive which resulted in a game-tying touchdown with just 29 second left on the clock in the fourth quarter. He compiled for 356 yards while completing 33 of 54 passes, adding four touchdowns and three interceptions in Saturday's 38-35 win over the 49ers in overtime.

According to Mortensen, the injury started giving him some discomfort three weeks ago and doctors fear that the bulging disk is on the brink of being herniated. Rivers has taken epidural injections to reduce the swelling and is considering surgery at the end of the season. The Chargers are 9-7 and still alive for a playoff spot heading into the final week of the season against Kansas City.


Chargers QB Philip Rivers throws four TDs vs. 49ers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2014) Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers completed 33 of his 54 pass attempts for 356 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions in his team's 38-35 overtime win over the 49ers in Week 16.

Rivers helped to put his team in a big hole early, throwing a pick-six in the second quarter that put the 49ers up 21-0. However, the quarterback fought back from a 28-7 halftime deficit, throwing the game-tying touchdown with just 29 second left on the clock in the fourth quarter. It was Rivers' first game with more than 50 pass attempts this season as well as his first game with four touchdowns.

Rivers has managed 3,995 passing yards, 31 touchdowns and 16 interceptions in 15 games. He heads into a Week 17 matchup against the Chiefs with the 9-7 Chargers still alive for a playoff spot.


Chargers' Philip Rivers, Ladarius Green active Week 16


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/20/2014) Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (chest, back) and tight end Ladarius Green (ankle, concussion) are active for Week 16's matchup with the 49ers.

Rivers missed practice Tuesday and Wednesday before having an "outstanding" day of practice Thursday and winding up listed as probable on the team's final injury report. Green was deemed questionable but will suit up, as will defensive tackle Corey Liuget (ankle), who also carried a questionable tag into Saturday's game.

The Chargers enter the road matchup as a 1-point underdog.


Chargers rule Keenan Allen out of Saturday's game


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) The Chargers released their final injury report for Saturday’s game at San Francisco and listed wide receiver Keenan Allen (ankle) as out.

Also ruled out is running back Ryan Mathews (ankle) and punter Mike Scifres (shoulder). Ladarius Green (concussion) and Corey Liuget are listed as questionable. Quarterback Philip Rivers (chest/back) and Ryan Carrethers (elbow) are being listed as probable.

The Chargers are 1 1/2-point underdogs.


Chargers' McCoy: Philip Rivers had 'outstanding' practice Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2014) Chargers coach Mike McCoy indicated that quarterback Philip Rivers (back, chest) "had an "oustanding day" in Thursday's practice, NFL.com reports.

"A ball did not hit the ground in all the throws he made today," McCoy added. "Philip was Philip, so he'll be ready to roll."

Rivers was a full participant in Thursday's practice after sitting out Tuesday and Wednesday. He should be ready to roll for Saturday's matchup with the 49ers.


Philip Rivers practices, expected to play Saturday


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(12/18/2014) Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (back, chest) returned to a full practice Thursday and is expected to play Saturday against the 49ers, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune. Rivers "didn't do cartwheels out there," the paper said, but he stood in the pocket and made throws.

Rivers has thrown one or zero touchdowns in five of his past six games. The Chargers are 1-point underdogs at San Francisco.


Philip Rivers skipping practices so he can rest up for Saturday


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(12/18/2014) Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers has started 142 straight games, the second-longest active streak behind Eli Manning's 166. With San Diego on a short week before Saturday's game against the 49ers, Rivers missed practice Tuesday and Wednesday with chest and back injuries, though he did participate in a Wednesday morning walkthrough.

"I hate not practicing," he told ESPN.com. "But I think at some point you have to do what's best for me and the team. And practicing [Wednesday] wouldn't have been beneficial to moving toward Saturday."

Added Rivers about his playing status: "At this point in the week, I think there's no doubt."

If Rivers surprisingly sits out, backup Kellen Clemens would start. He went 4-5 as a starter with St. Louis last year.

"One of the reasons we brought Kellen in here is that he was very competitive last year, thrown into a tough situation," offensive coordinator Frank Reich told the website. "He played well against some really tough defenses. He's a very smart competitive guy."

The Chargers are 1-point underdogs at San Francisco.


Chargers QB Rivers misses practice, but should play in game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/17/2014) Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers was absent from practice Wednesday with chest and back issues, but is expected to play Saturday at San Francisco.

Chargers' Philip Rivers throws two interceptions in loss


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/14/2014) Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers struggled to find open receivers in a 22-10 loss to the Broncos Sunday.

Rivers completed 24 of his 41 pass attempts for 232 yards, but threw two interceptions and only one touchdown. He also lost a fumble. Rivers’ lone touchdown was to tight end Antonio Gates on a 5-yard pass. It was the 70th time Rivers connected with Gates for a touchdown.

The Chargers next play Saturday at Kansas City.


Chargers QB Philip Rivers held to 189 yards vs. Patriots


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers completed 20 of his 33 passes for just 189 yards with one touchdown and one interception in his team's 23-14 loss to the Patriots in Week 14.

Rivers had an interception wiped off the board by a questionable personal foul call but managed to throw a pick later in the drive that remained on the board. His touchdown came on a diving 15-yard catch by Malcom Floyd early in the second quarter. Rivers was coming off a 383-yard effort in Week 13 but delivered his third performance of less than 200 passing yards in his last five games. He'll look to rebound in a key AFC West battle against the Broncos in Week 15.