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No contract talks, no big deal for Rivers

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

SAN DIEGO -- There hasn't been any contract talks recently between the San Diego Chargers and quarterback Philip Rivers.

Don't fret, San Diego. It just hasn't been a priority for either side. There are no problems, Rivers insists.

He is set to be a free agent after this season. Rivers believes both sides will come to an accord.

"There's nothing really gong on, but that's OK," Rivers said. "I want to be here and I'm sure I will be here. We'll get it done when the time is right. It won't be an issue."

Rivers will likely be given the franchise tag next year if an extension isn't agreed upon. Both sides may be waiting to see how the Eli Manning negotiations play out in New York. Manning and Rivers were key components of a 2004 draft trade.

It's my opinion that Rivers and the Chargers will eventually strike a deal. He is a winner and he's the face of the franchise. He wants to be a Charger. The Chargers want him to stay. There is no way San Diego is going to let Rivers slip way. Chargers fans, don't worry if this takes a while. The bottom line is Rivers will be the Chargers' quarterback for a long time.

The recent extension signed by Matt Cassel in Kansas City helps Rivers. Cassel signed a contract that will pay him more than $40 million guaranteed in the first three years of the deal. Cassel was paid based on his performance in one season in New England. Rivers is a proven starter, who has emerged as one of the league's best quarterbacks.