Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports says the San Diego Chargers are ready to use the franchise tag on quarterback Philip Rivers in 2016 and 2017 if they can’t get an extension worked out.
Here’s what I can tell you about the contract situation with Rivers — the sides have been working on it for months, they have made significant progress, the Chargers want to make a sizeable commitment to Rivers and there remains an issue or two holding it up. Maybe it gets done before the season starts, and maybe it doesn’t.
If it doesn’t, this team is fully prepared to franchise Rivers in 2016, and 2017 if need be, and Rivers has given no indications he wants to retire. Not to mention, he’s as straight a shooter as there is. Also, after talking to some people who know him well, I’m not buying that a move to LA would preclude him from signing, either.