Chargers’ GM says team has no timetable on Philip Rivers’ contract extension
The Los Angeles Chargers are coming off their most successful season in years. Led by Philip Rivers, they went 12-4 in 2018. If not for a tiebreaker they lost to the Kansas City Chiefs, they would have had home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
Even still, they won a playoff game and Philip Rivers had a career year. Speaking of Rivers, he’s due for a new contract, entering the final year of his current pact in 2019. Despite that, the Chargers aren’t in any rush to get the extension done. That’s what general manager Tom Telesco said recently, per Herbie Teope of NFL.com.
“I don’t really have a timetable on it,” Telesco said. “We wanted to get through free agency, get through the draft, see where we are right now and we’ll look at it from here and through the draft. But I really don’t have any firm timetable on it. I’m very comfortable where we are right now. We’ll talk with everybody and see where we are.”
While Telesco made it clear he’s not in any hurry, he also made it clear a deal will get done at some point. In short, Rivers isn’t going anywhere. Philip Rivers turned 37 last season, but he had his best season in years and made the Pro Bowl. Until Patrick Mahomes pulled away at the end of the season, he was an MVP candidate.
Rivers has been extremely reliable, and hasn’t missed a start since he took over the starting job in 2006. Last year Rivers completed 68.3 percent of his passes for 4,308 yards and had 32 touchdowns and just 12 interceptions.