Timetables are good, and the San Diego Chargers just set one.
The San Diego Chargers have stressed all offseason that their plan is to secure a new Philip Rivers contract that will keep the quarterback with the organization through the end of his career.
The Bolts now hope that a new long-term deal will be in place before training camp, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Monday's edition of NFL Total Access.
Chargers training camp kicks off on July 30th, so that gives the team about 8 days to get something done to stay within their timeline.
My feeling on this is not unusual. The Chargers don't want to look like buffoons, or at all "out of control", so I doubt that they would set this public timeline for negotiations unless they were certain that they would be able to meet it. I'd be surprised if, come August, Rivers wasn't locked into a contract that kept him with the Chargers for the rest of his career.
Despite the fact that the future location of the team is still up in the air, Rivers has publicly said that the location of the team isn't a major deterrent for him.
"Is the location of this team going to be a deciding factor? I can't honestly tell you that it will be," Rivers said. "Is it a factor at all? Sure, but I can't tell you that it's at the top of the list, because it's just really not. That goes without saying I hope we're staying. But should we move, it doesn't move to the top of my list for deterrents for not being a Charger."
Despite the fact that I'm usually all for moving the team away from aging veterans and towards young talent, the QB position is a different one. This is very good news and one that, when completed, should keep the team in contention for a very long time.