Between them, the two have 877 receptions, 12,380 receiving yards and 103 touchdowns receptions thrown to them by Rivers.
And like Rivers, the two veteran pass-catchers entered the 2015 season in the final year of their respective deals. So it’s no surprise that both were pleased that Rivers signed a four-year, $83.25 million deal to stay with the Chargers.
“I’m happy for him,” Floyd said. “He deserves it. He’s the best quarterback in the league, and it’s an honor to be out there going to work for him. I’ve enjoyed all 12 years.”
Floyd acknowledged that with Rivers signing a new deal, the veteran quarterback tried to convince him not to retire after the season is over. But Floyd’s mind is made up.
“We talked about it,” Floyd said. “Quite a few people have talked about it. But what I’ve said is already in stone, so we just go from there.”
Gates might play beyond 2015 and said he’s pleased that Rivers will remain with the Chargers for the foreseeable future.
“It’s a blessing to be around a guy like that,” Gates said. “To be honest, I’m just happy that he has an opportunity to finish his career here because that’s so hard to do in this league. Very few guys get an opportunity to play with somebody like Philip Rivers. I think it’s a well-deserved contract, and we’re just happy that he remains a San Diego Charger.”
One of the attractions to the San Diego head coaching job for Mike McCoy was the fact that the team had a franchise quarterback in Rivers. Despite the trade speculation leading up to the draft, McCoy and the rest of San Diego’s front office had no intention of letting Rivers go.
“He’s one of the best in the business,” McCoy said. “And (general manager Tom Telesco) and I have said from Day 1 that he was going to be here. Regardless of how it was going to get done, it was going to get done eventually at some point in time, or we were going to keep him here somehow.
“There were some creative ways of keeping him, but we got it done the right way.”
Family day at Chargers Park: Wives, family members and girlfriends of the players were invited to watch practice and attend a cookout afterward on Monday, the second-to-last public practice of training camp. The annual picnic is a way McCoy creates a family environment for his team. “This is something special for all of the families,” McCoy said. “It’s great that the families can come in. It’s something that we’ve done for a long time, starting in the days back in Carolina. So it’s great to get the families out here.”
Strong safety competition continues: Jahleel Addae and Jimmy Wilson continue to split reps with the first-unit defense at strong safety, something McCoy said will continue until the coaching staff believes one player has earned the job. “They’re going to get a lot of snaps the next two weeks,” McCoy said. “And we’ll make that decision, whether they both play or we rotate like we’ve done at some other positions on the team, where they both play in certain packages that you want to use with certain guys.”
Roll call: Cornerback Greg Ducre, guard Johnnie Troutman, center Trevor Robinson and outside linebacker Tourek Williams did not practice for the Chargers on Monday. Ducre appears close to returning to the field. Running back Branden Oliver appeared to suffer a minor injury midway through practice and watched from the sideline for the rest of the time. “He’ll be fine,” McCoy said about Oliver.