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Chargers QB Philip Rivers’ absence at offseason workouts isn’t contract related

Philip Rivers, Chargers

If you thought Philip Rivers’ absence at the start of Los Angeles Chargers’ offseason workouts had to do with the fact that he is entering the final year of his current contract without a new deal, you were wrong.

Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said that the reason Rivers is not yet present at workouts is that he is on vacation:

“He does a family vacation around Easter every year,” Lynn said, according to Gilbert Manzano of The Los Angeles Daily News. “Easter was pushed back this year, so I didn’t want him showing up here just for today and tomorrow, and then going back with his family in Florida. That’s why he’s not here.”

Rivers is coming off of a terrific 2018 campaign in which he threw for 4,308 yards, 32 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions while completing 68.3 percent of his passes and registering a passer rating of 105.5 en route to a Pro Bowl appearance.

The 37-year-old is entering his 16th NFL season, but he doesn’t seem to be showing any signs of slowing down, as he has earned Pro Bowl selections in each of the last three years.

Rivers, who played his collegiate football at North Carolina State, was originally selected by the New York Giants with the fourth overall pick of the 2004 NFL Draft, but he was then immediately traded to the Chargers for Eli Manning.

Since Rivers became a full-time starter for the Bolts back in 2006, he has made eight trips to the Pro Bowl.

Los Angeles won 12 games this past season but fell to the New England Patriots in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.