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Chargers plan to address Philip Rivers contract

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Philip Rivers will be a free agent after the 2015 season. Don't expect the Chargers' franchise quarterback to reach the open market.

General manager Tom Telesco said Wednesday the team "definitely" will work on a long-term deal for Rivers, according to U-T San Diego. Telesco reiterated that the team wants Rivers to retire as a Charger.

Rivers has thrown 63 touchdowns against just 29 interceptions in the last two seasons under coach Mike McCoy. Rivers turned 33 last month and is coming off a productive season in which he battled rib and back issues for the 9-7 Chargers.

Despite a litany of injuries in his career, Rivers has never missed a start since being named San Diego's full-time starter in 2006. Peyton Manning and Tom Brady have proven classic pocket passers can excel late into their thirties, and you can assume Telesco and the Chargers believe Rivers has the same DNA.

Rivers is rightly at the top of San Diego's priority list.

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