SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - San Diego Chargers General Manager Tom Telesco addressed the draft and rumors of a possible trade with quarterback Philip Rivers in a Wednesday morning news conference at Chargers Park.
Rivers has said that he will play out his current contract rather than agreeing to an extension with the Chargers.
Telesco hit on Rivers' future with the team first thing at the 11:00 a.m. news conference, saying:
"Philip's our quarterback and it's our plan and intent that he's our quarterback well into the future. In all my discussions with him, he's shown a great amount of respect for his teammates and a great amount of respect for this organization. He's been here every day working extremely hard, working with his teammates, being the leader that he is. That we've all come to know him for. I know he's really excited about this season, as are we. And, you know, we move from there."
When pressed on the issued, Telesco added, "I've been crystal clear on our plan…he is our quarterback."
The Chargers have six selections in this year's NFL Draft, including the 17th overall choice in Round 1. The Chargers also have one pick each in Rounds two through six.
The 2015 NFL Draft is scheduled for April 30 – May 2.
The Chargers will open the season at Qualcomm Stadium Sunday, September 13 when they host quarterback Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions. It will mark Detroit's first visit to San Diego since 2007. CLICK HERE for the complete schedule.
Also Tuesday, the Carson City Council voted 3-0 to approve plans for a $1.7 billion stadium that could be the team's new home, along with the Raiders.
The council vote was made possible by backers of the stadium proposal submitting more than 15,000 petition signatures to the city last month, and the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk's office verifying last week that the required number of 8,058 signatures were valid.