Philip Rivers Discusses Chargers Possibly Taking QB in 2018 NFL Draft

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistApril 17, 2018

CARSON, CA - DECEMBER 31:  Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers reacts after a play during the first quarter of the game against the Oakland Raiders at StubHub Center on December 31, 2017 in Carson, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Philip Rivers is 36 years old and understands he won't be the quarterback of the Los Angeles Chargers forever.

With the 2018 NFL draft approaching later this month, Rivers addressed the possibility of his team selecting another signal-caller.

"You know at some point we are going to draft a guy, and I don't see that as any negative," he said, per Ricky Henne of the Chargers' official website. "I think Tom [Telesco], John [Spanos] and Coach [Anthony] Lynn, these guys know my desire to continue going and hopefully play at a high level for a handful of more years. But at the same time, shoot, as an organization you've got to prepare for down the road. If the right guy [is there that] they see fit, at some point they're going to have to make that decision."

Even if the Chargers draft a quarterback, head coach Anthony Lynn didn't sound like someone who was ready to hand over the starting job any time soon.

"Philip, he's still playing like a young man," Lynn said, per Henne. "This is going to be his squad. If we bring in another quarterback, it's definitely a guy we feel like can sit for a couple of years and play behind Philip and learn, and maybe be the future."

Considering the Chargers don't pick until No. 17 and Bleacher Report's Matt Miller projected Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, Baker Mayfield and Josh Rosen to be off the board in the first six picks, Rivers may not be competing with a head-turning rookie right away.

Rivers himself was a first-round pick in 2004 and had to wait his turn, playing just two games as a rookie and two games in his second year. However, he has played all 16 games in every season since for the Chargers and figures to line up under center in 2018 as the starter in his 15th year in the league.

He isn't showing many signs of slowing after throwing for 4,515 yards, 28 touchdowns and just 10 interceptions in 2017. It was his fifth straight year with more than 4,000 yards through the air, and he significantly trimmed down on the career-high 21 interceptions he threw in 2016.

The Chargers went 9-7 last year, breaking a streak of two straight losing campaigns, but haven't been to the playoffs since the 2013 season. Changing that will be Rivers' top priority in 2018 regardless of who the team drafts.

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