Kevin Acee of the Union-Tribune San Diego reports that numerous people in and around the NFL have speculated that the Chargers could be serious about acquiring Oregon QB Marcus Mariota.
The Chargers are scheduled to work Mariota out next month, which is interesting considering that Philip Rivers will be entering the final year of his contract.
- Acee asked Rivers if he thinks he will play his current contract out instead of finalizing a long-term agreement with the Chargers. “Yes,” Rivers responded.
- Acee followed that question up by asking if there was any scenario that could make him reconsidering playing out the final year of his contract. “Honestly, nothing,” Rivers said.
San Diego currently has the No. 17 overall pick, which means they would clearly have to trade up — probably in the top-five picks — to have any shot at taking Mariota.
Of course, there are a number of teams that could use a quarterback drafting ahead of San Diego, so the odds clearly are not in favor of Mariota landing in San Diego.
During his three years at Oregon, Mariota threw for 10,796 yards while completing 66.8 percent of his passes to go along with 105 touchdowns and just 14 interceptions.