In the aerial NFL, where 300-yard games passing are commonplace, Andy Dalton earns a $100 million paycheck and the Cleveland Browns take a bust just about every other year...
I can't believe that Philip Rivers was actually on the market. I realize his age, trust me, I do. 33.
... he's started 16 games every season since 2006.
... he is already in the Top-20 for passing yards in NFL history, at 33.
... he and Ben Roethlisberger are the youngest active QBs in the Top-20 for passing yards.
... You're thinking: Philip Rivers' past has little to do with his future - I agree with you, and still point out that in the last two seasons he's had the two best years of his career for completion percentage, 2013: 69.5 (also had a passer rating over 105 for just the second time in his career) and 2014: 66.5. There are no MVPs given out in September, but he would have been MVP if it was given out in September. No QB in football was better than him through four games.
... last year, he had his best TD-INT ratio in passing attempts 21-30 and 31-40 of the game than he had in 1-10 and 11-20 of the game (they're all pretty even for attempts).
I'm skeptical of the Titans even being close to the trade however, considering they stayed pat and took the guy who they'd essentially be trading in exchange for Rivers. A lot of faux leaks around draft time of course as we all know/media members being used for the benefit of teams/leaks by teams to see what kind of offers they may even get, etc.
A lot of it has to do with Rivers' apprehension about the team moving out of S.D. and the prospect of trading him in now for a No. 2 pick and a future at quarterback is an attractive option, but man... the three best years of Rivers' career were 2008 aaaaaand the last two seasons.
And consider the Titans' have started the likes of Rusty Smith at QB in the last three years... the thirst for any competence at QB is alive and well, and for the sanity of everybody involved I hope Marcus Mariota is at least competent.