That's exactly what Freeney and Mathis were for the Colts, and they were both "great play makers" AND "great players". Both probably end up in the HoF.
Are you trying to say that since Peyton Manning didn't have the rushing stats of Michael Vick or Cam Newton that he wasn't a "great player", even though he was a "great play maker" in the passing game?
I'm sorry, but I don't think your point makes any sense. I think you're wrong. If a player is making plays in their assigned role, then they are a great player.
And how is losing all that draft capital going to help us build around Rivers for the next 2 years? If that is indeed their plan. I think the plan is for Rivers to b their qb as long as he is producing. That could b 6 months or another 3 years or so.