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Morning links: Rivers a top trade asset

Good morning. Bill Barnwell of Grantland weighs in with Part 2 of his top 50 most valuable trade assets in the NFL.

San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers ranks No. 19 on Barnwell’s list. Rivers is the only San Diego player on the list, and Barnwell ranks him ahead of the other top quarterbacks in his draft class, Ben Roethlisberger (No. 21) and Eli Manning (No. 20).

Here’s what Barnwell had to say about Rivers:

“Rivers was by far the best of the three a year ago, with his play revitalized by new coach Mike McCoy after years of slow decline under Norv Turner. You wouldn’t want to count on him flirting with completing 70 percent of his passes again, but even if Rivers gives away some of his 2013 gains to Manning, he would be the best of these three and a viable Pro Bowl candidate.”

Jordan Beane of Chargers.com talks with Jeromey Clary about the state of his health and the expectations of the Chargers in this video.

Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego notes the Chargers report to camp on Wednesday for physicals and on-field conditioning.

The Chargers are No. 10 in the first AP Pro32 NFL power rankings for the 2014 season.

Ben Higgins of ABC Ch. 10 news in San Diego weighs in on the top 10 Chargers in contract years.

ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan reports that recently released Chargers center Nick McDonald, who was claimed off of waivers by Cleveland, has a broken wrist and will be out four-to-six weeks. According to Caplan, the Browns were aware of the injury.

Coach John Kentera of the Mighty 1090 AM radio talks with longtime San Diego columnist Jay Paris about the Chargers beginning training camp in this audio link. The conversation starts about nine minutes in.

Dan Pompei of Sports on Earth writes about how the concept of training camp has morphed over the years from working guys into shape to more on-field learning and tape study.