The San Diego Chargers have agreed to a four-year contract extension with quarterback Philip Rivers. The 2004 fourth overall draft pick had been entering the final year of his contract, with speculation that he would bolt the Chargers after the season if the team was approved to relocate to Los Angeles. The speculation was so loud, a trade with the Tennessee Titans this offseason, which would have sent Rivers to the Titans in exchange for the second overall draft pick - thereby allowing San Diego to select Marcus Mariota - was consistently rumored almost up to the minute Mariota was selected by Tennessee.
At 33 years old, Rivers is closer to the end of his career than the beginning, but it is still good news for Chargers fans that they have their franchise quarterback locked up for another four seasons.
As a Miami Dolphins fan, this could be both good and bad news. The Dolphins will likely have to continue to battle the Chargers in the Wildcard Playoff race each season Rivers is playing, but it could also mean the Dolphins will not have to worry about the Chargers staying in the Wildcard picture with a new quarterback while another team adds Rivers and thrusts themselves into the picture as well.
As the news of Rivers' contract extension breaks, check out Bolts from the Blue, SB Nation's Chargers blog, for more details.