Chargers QB Philip Rivers fine with playing out his contract
Despite entering the final year of his contract, Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is in no rush to complete a new deal with his long-time franchise.
“I feel fine playing this thing out,” Rivers said. “The expectation and hope is to be here again next year, but it doesn’t need to be done right now. If it were to some time soon, great. If not, let’s play it out and worry about it in the winter.”
“If it does, awesome,” Rivers said. “You want our team to have the best chance to win. Hopefully we see [holdout star running back] Melvin [Gordon] soon. I think Melvin adds a great deal to our team.”
Rivers is an eight-time Pro Bowl QB who was previously the NFL’s one-time passing yards, passing touchdowns, and completion percentage leader, among other accolades, in various years. The Chargers acquired Rivers on draft night in 2004, trading first overall pick Eli Manning for their future 15-year man under center. Rivers, 37, has been the Chargers franchise’s starting QB since 2006, but it’s difficult to see another long-term contract with the NC State product at his age.
Rivers earns $11 million in 2019 with a $5 million roster bonus, per Pro Football Talk, after signing a four-year extension in 2015 worth $84 million. In the Chargers’ second season since transplanting to LA, their QB threw 32 touchdowns and 4,308 yards along with a 68.3 completion percentage.
Los Angeles drafted North Dakota State QB Easton Stick in the fifth round of the 2019 draft.