Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers has long been a stabilizing factor for the team. It appears they are hoping to keep it this way for years to come.
There has been plenty of speculation regarding the Chargers' future plans under center. According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, they are hoping Rivers can hold down the fort until they find a viable successor.
The Chargers want QB Philip Rivers, in a career year, to be their starter for years to come and they don't mind drafting a QB and having him sit.
The rumor should come as no surprise. Rivers is in the midst of a spectacular season and is coming off perhaps his best game of the year. He broke an NFL record by completing 25 consecutive passes.
He finished the game having completed 28-of-29 passes for 259 yards and three touchdowns en route to a dominant victory over the Arizona Cardinals.
Fortunately, it appears that the feeling is mutual from Rivers. He has indicated on multiple occasions that he hopes to play into his forties. Ten years ago, it was far-fetched for any player to stick around that long.
However, the success of quarterbacks like Rivers, Tom Brady, and Drew Brees have begun to make it a common trend. As long as they are playing at a high level, it would make no sense for either of their respective teams to replace them.
Of course, the Chargers must still take precautions for the future. Having Rivers around will allow them to be more patient with developing a potential successor moving forward.