No Extension For Chargers’ Philip Rivers?

Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers will likely play out the final year of his contract, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com hears. Both sides are “in agreement” that Rivers will probably wind up playing out his deal and addressing his status after the 2019 season, when his deal expires. 

Rivers, who will turn 38 this year, has started in every game for the Bolts since 2006. Currently, he’s scheduled to earn $16MM in the final year of his four-year, $83.25MM extension. That was a significant deal at the time of signing, but the market has advanced significantly for QBs.

Meanwhile, the Bolts are without a true Plan B. The Chargers have looked into taking a QB high in the draft for years, but they have not selected a signal caller in the top three rounds since 2006.

There’s no reason for the Chargers to sweat it, at least, not yet. The Patriots and star Tom Brady are in a similar boat, with the superstar set for free agency after the ’19 season thanks to two void years in his newly-revised deal.

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  1. JJB0811

    I really don’t know what to make of his career. Great stats int he regular season; but very few division titles and limited stats in the playoffs.

    I always thought the hallmark of greatness is wins.

    • amk3510

      Wins? Come on, football is up there with baseball with not judging 1 plauer and teams record

      • JJB0811

        If wins aren’t important than what is; stats? Joe Theisman has a MVP, SB ring, and a 2nd trip to the SB, why not him for the HoF? One example.

          • JJB0811

            Guess he sucks then. I see him at 5 division titles, and 1 AFC championship game drowned out by 10 seasons of not making the post season. Sub 500 is NOT good for stats.

            • amk3510

              Im pretty sure he played that AFC title game on a torm ACL and played a close game with the undefeated Pats. But sure he sucks because his team has been inept

              • JJB0811

                As long as you exempt 15 seasons over 1 game, then of course a hall of famer. Lame QB on a lame team. No different than Fouts.

            • If not for Philip Rivers, the Chargers would not have made the playoffs more than once in fifteen years. They’d be the Cleveland Browns of the West Coast.

    • bradthebluefish
      bradthebluefish

      Hard to be elite when you’re in a non-elite franchise. Rivers has had four different coaches. We’ll see if they can finally establish a system.

      • JJB0811

        He choose to stay with a poorly run organization. I get it, his family was happy in SD, but he clearly knew the ownership wasn’t all about competing, yet he signed the contracts.

        • TrollHunter

          Rivers didn’t chose to stay with Chargers!

          Even NFL QBs don’t make enough to relocate the thousands and thousands of children he’s fathered in that cult of a family he has!

  2. brewpackbuckbadg

    So are you implying by the end of the article that Brady is going to take his game to Sunny LA? Rivers to New England?

  3. JGBBBMMU562

    I am so glad the Chargers didnt jump on a new contract for Rivers. Longevity wise he is a Hall of fame candidate. Just never had that great year that propelled his team into the Superbowl let alone into the playoffs. To many long stints of not making the Playoffs speaks volumes. His record in the Playoffs not stellar. Glad the ownership didnt jump onboard and give him another 2 or 3 year contract. His comments towards Melvin Gordon wanting to be traded spoke volumes about how he truly feels. Maybe they are loaded in that position but you dont take a player of his caliber on your team and throw him under the bus! ..Let’s see what Rivers can do this year..I think the Chargers need to go after a QB or if indeed they feel they have a good back up let’s get younger and put Rivers on the back burner..But first if Rivers wants a new contract this is the year to perform..

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