View Full Version : Possible Charger n 49ers trade?

03-23-2005, 09:49 PM


We've heard rumblings from the Bay Area that the San Francisco 49ers could be trying to pry away from the Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, in exchange for the No. 1 pick in the 2005 draft.

We've yet to substantiate this one via any sources with actual knowledge of the discussions, but the rumor is "out there" -- and some might think that it really is "out there."

The Chargers, if interested in making the move, most likely would select receiver Braylon Edwards or receiver Mike Williams with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, since the team has no need for a top-shelf quarterback or an elite running back.

The biggest flaw in this one, as we see it, is that the "option" portion of Rivers' 2004 signing bonus was due on March 10, which means that the cap hit resulting from a trade would be much larger than it would have been if the trade had occurred before March 10.

If the 49ers' are indeed interested in making such a move, it's hardly a glowing endorsement for Aaron Rodgers and Alex Smith, the top two quarterback prospects this year -- and it could mean that, if the 49ers use the pick, they'll go in a different direction.* Likewise, the whole thing might be intended to entice a team in the top ten who wants Rodgers or Smith to trade up with the 49ers -- without the Niners having to initiate the discussions with any of those teams.

The Chargers, on the other hand, might be willing to take the cap hit if they can make the team a lot better.* The rumored trade would give the Chargers three first-round picks in the upcoming draft -- not bad for a team that was 12-4 last year.

03-23-2005, 09:53 PM
Just for future notice, ProFootballTalk is one of the least reputable sites on the net, so take this rumor with a grain of salt...

03-23-2005, 10:06 PM
ok i saw it.. thought i would see what ppl would say

03-23-2005, 10:46 PM
No way San Diego can afford to make that deal. The cap charges would kill them. Cap hit from River's acceleration of his signing bonus + the cap hit of the #1 pick in the draft = Way too much. And the Chargers owner, Alex Spanos, is one of the tightest fisted in the league. He's the guy who told his GM to trade away the #1 pick that would have been Vick.

On the other hand, the Niners would love to make that deal. They also have a skinflint owner, and he wouldn't have to come up with an 8 figure signing bonus for a young unproven QB. The Chargers have already done that. Rivers doesn't have the arm of Aaron Rodgers, but SF runs the WCO so it doesn't really matter. Sounds like a deal that hatched from a 49er fan. Dream on.

03-23-2005, 11:12 PM
Why would the 49ers trade for an unproven QB when when they could get one cheaper in the draft.

03-23-2005, 11:13 PM
i am starting to think Drew Brees would be more my choice to go instead of Rivers... I just saw that on my other Mock Draft site and thought i would see what people on here thought.