Chargers News: San Diego Feel Good About Direction Of Philip Rivers Contract Talks

Most NFL pundits assume that Philip Rivers will be playing with a team other than the San Diego Chargers after the 2015 season.

The team hasn't gotten the memo.

Via Chris Wesseling of

The Bolts are now optimistic about signing Rivers to a long-term extension, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports, via sources with knowledge of the team's thinking.

The sides have made "a little progress," Rapoport added on Thursday's edition of NFL Total Access, and the Chargers' hope is that a new deal will allow Rivers to retire with the organization.

Rapoport adds that he's unsure of whether Rivers is on the same page from an optimism standpoint.

If the Chargers maintain their no-trade stance on Rivers, they can prolong contract talks for as long as two more years by applying the franchise tag on their starting QB in both 2016 and 2017.

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