Chargers general manager A.J. Smith immediately put an end to any speculation about quarterback Philip Rivers, the backup quarterback who is behind Drew Brees. Any team interested in trading for Rivers won't have any luck. Rivers is not available.
"With the trading deadline approaching Oct. 18, we'd like to put an end to the swirling rumors that Philip Rivers is available for trade," Smith said. "Philip Rivers will be a Charger for the remainder of the season."
Smith was contacted because a growing number of stories circulated that the Jets could turn to Rivers as an option because of season-ending injuries to quarterbacks Chad Pennington and Jay Fiedler. One rumor had Jets middle linebacker Jonathan Vilma being involved in a possible trade proposal.
None of that will happen. Smith has a history of being definitive when he makes a statement. He engineered the trade to get Rivers to San Diego and likes his future as a quarterback. Brees took the Chargers to a 12-4 season and is firmly entrenched as the starting quarterback this season, a year in which he's under a one-year contract as a franchise player.
Smith won't make any determination on his quarterback of the future until the offseason. He organized the Chargers salary cap to be able to afford two quarterbacks this season. Brees starts and Rivers will back up for now.
John Clayton is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com