If so, it would be hard to jettison off Brees. You could always make him the franchise player, and keep one for a year. Next year, Rivers would only count 3M against the cap, and that would be bearable.
Yep, the Chargers are keeping Brees for another year. They just slapped the franchise tag on him, although it was an nonexclusive tag which means that Brees can still shop for another team. However, it would cost said team 2 first round draft picks and the Chargers could still match that offer and keep Brees. The Chargers were 21M under tha cap, and Brees cost them 8M and Rivers cost them 3M. And, the year after that, the Chargers could slap the franchise tag on Brees again. The Chargers are trying to pass a stadium deal in 2006, and if Brees gives them the best chance of winning, they might decide to keep Brees. There's still a lot of resentment and bitterness over the last stadium deal the Chargers got, which passed after their fluke Super Bowl performance.