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Derek Wolfe reacts to Philip Rivers leaving Chargers

Denver Broncos defensive standout Derek Wolfe admits it’s going to be a bit weird facing the Los Angeles Chargers going forward without Phillip Rivers under center. Wolfe is set to be a free agent but said if he is back with the Broncos, the two meetings a year are going to be weird.

“That guy is a true competitor, man,’’ said Broncos’ veteran defensive end Derek Wolfe via Mike Klis of 9News.com. “If I am with the Broncos, anytime you play the Chargers it will be weird not playing against Philip Rivers. It was so much fun to compete against him.’’

Wolfe and Rivers had plenty of trash talk going against each other, and it took a weird turn in 2016 when Wolfe told Rivers he would eat his children. He said after those comments, Rivers didn’t talk as much trash.

Cornerback Chris Harris Jr. also talked about the battles he had when the two faced off.

“We had great battles, man,” said cornerback Chris Harris Jr., another longtime Bronco heading for free agency. “Playing Rivers you just knew you had to bring your A game because he could throw the ball all over the field.”

Harris Jr. is also set to be a free agent so there is a chance both of these players could end up being Rivers teammates next season. All three guys will have a robust market in free agency, and maybe one-time rivals could become teammates.

The AFC West is going to look a lot different next season with Philip Rivers gone.