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Chargers GM: It's our plan to keep Philip Rivers

The San Diego Chargers continue to remain staunch in their stance that Philip Rivers will remain their quarterback.

"There really is no update," general manager Tom Telesco said Wednesday. "It's the same thing I've said for the last four months, 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. ... I know he's really excited about this season, as are we, and we move from there."

That's what Telesco has to say. But what he didn't say on Wednesday was just as telling. One reporter asked if Telesco had discussed a trade with the Tennessee Titans involving Rivers.

"I'm going to leave that go," Telesco said via the Union-Tribune San Diego.

Translation: Absolutely, we have. 

Discussions about Rivers' future with the Chargers have run rampant the past several weeks. The quarterback is reportedly wary of the team's potential move to Los Angeles.

Telesco then shut down further questions about the possibility that the Chargers would try to move up to No. 2 in a trade with the Titans, chasing Marcus Mariota. The GM said working out the quarterback was part of the draft process, and if team president Dean Spanos were to ask him about a player -- even a quarterback likely to go well before the No. 17 pick -- he needs to have an answer.

Telesco said all discussions between players and agents will stay internal, but reiterated he intends on keeping Rivers in San Diego.

"I've been crystal clear what our plan and intent are, I don't know what else to say," he said. "He's our quarterback. And hopefully for many, many years moving forward. I think he's got a lot of good years left in him. Through eight games last year, he was an MVP candidate, so we are thrilled to have him."

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