Chargers planning to start contract talks with Philip Rivers
Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers may be in the twilight of his career, however, there does not seem to be a question about his status as the team’s franchise player.
There was plenty of speculation regarding Rivers’ future with the team beyond this season. According to Eric Williams of ESPN, general manager Tom Telesco is adamant about working out a new deal this offseason:
“I can tell you he’s not going anywhere, so he’s going to be here,” Telesco said. “We’ll talk at the right point, as far as the moves we need to make in the offseason, the resources we have and how it all fits in. But yeah, he’s not going anywhere.”
The update from Telesco should come as no surprise. Although rivers had been entering the final year of his contract, there was little doubt that he would be fone after the 2018 campaign regardless of how thy finished. Fortunately, they were able to take a tremendous leap toward their championship aspirations this season.
Rivers was always confident about his ability to play at a high level despite his age. He proved as much by putting together one of the best seasons of his career. The veteran threw for 4,308 yards and 32 touchdowns while completing 68.3 percent of his passes.
More importantly, he managed to lead the Chargers to a 12-4 finish before falling short in the AFC Divisional Round. It is safe to assume the front office will be looking to surround Rivers with as much talent as possible after signing him to what could be the final contract of his NFL career.