AFC West: Oldie but goodie

Projecting the best 30-and-over player in my division by the start of the 2014 season.

This was not a difficult decision for me.

It had to be Philip Rivers.

I think the San Diego Chargers' quarterback is the best player in the division now, and I think he will still be the best player in the AFC West in September, 2014.

Rivers will be 32 at the start of the 2014 season. He will still be in his prime, and he will still be an elite quarterback.

There really is no other choice. I can see Rivers as a dominant player for the next seven to 10 years. The No. 4 overall pick in the 2004 draft simply has the feel of a quarterback who will succeed in the league for 15 seasons.

His length of dominance will, of course, depend on his durability. Staying healthy has not been a problem -- he has never missed a game in the five seasons he has been the Chargers' starter. He healed famously fast from his lone major injury, an ACL he tore in the 2007 playoffs.

So, I don’t see injuries prematurely ruining Rivers’ career. Rivers and the Chargers will still be extremely relevant in the middle of this decade and beyond.