Telesco said repeatedly that his intent with Rivers was crystal clear, but throughout the nearly 30 minute session, refused to rule out trading his franchise quarterback.
“There really is no update, it’s the same thing I’ve said for the last four months,” Telesco said. “Philip’s our quarterback and it’s our plan and intent that he’s our quarterback well into the future. He’s shown a great amount of respect for his teammates and a great amount of respect for our 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 the season and so are we.”
Telesco did start the press conference by stating the obvious, that everyone in the room was there to ask questions about Philip Rivers and that he was not going to lie (April is liar’s month, after all). And he skirted the question completely when asked if he’d had discussions with Tennessee by answering “I’m going to leave that go,” waving his hand for effect.
“I think I’ve been pretty clear what our intention and plans are. I mean I’ve been crystal clear. He’s our quarterback, hopefully for many, many years moving forward. I think he’s got a lot of good years left in him.”
Telesco was asked if he had told Rivers or his agents that he would not be traded and deflected that as well.
“All discussions with players and agents really stay between us but I think I’ve been pretty clear as far as what our thoughts are on Philip.”
It was a pre-draft press conference after all, and Telesco was asked about drafting for need versus the best available player as well as the latest disgruntled Charger Eric Weddle, who is staying away from voluntary off-season workouts. But the focus centered around the franchise quarterback and Telesco ended the press conference by answering what he would say if the Tennessee Titans called him on draft day and offered their number two pick for Rivers.
“Philip’s our quarterback and the plan is that he’s going to be here for a long, long, long, long time.”