Chargers QB Philip Rivers to address contract situation after the 2019 campaign
The Los Angeles Chargers have no qualms about quarterback Philip rivers as their starter for the foreseeable future. It seems both sides are going to wait until after the 2019 NFL season to determine how long that will be.
Rivers is slated to make $16 million in the final year of his current deal. According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, he plans on playing out the season before addressing a new contract:
Sources say that the team and its star quarterback are both in agreement that the likely scenario is for Rivers to play out his contract and address his status following the 2019 season. The perennial Pro Bowler has started every game for the Chargers since 2006, and the expectation is that the run will continue beyond this season.
Rivers has been rather open about his contract situation and his plans to play well into his forties. Regardless, the 38-year-old has indicated that he is at a point in his career where he must take things year by year.
While Rivers may be in the final stretch of his tenure in the NFL, he is still playing at an extremely high level. The eight-time Pro Bowler led the Chargers on a deep playoff run in the 2018 campaign, and he was recently voted on by his peers as No. 17 on the NFL’s Top 100 Players of 2019. It is safe to assume that whatever new deal he works out may be similar to the one New England Patriots quarterback was recently awarded.
For now, it is clear that Rivers is focused on getting over that proverbial playoff hunt that has kept him out of championship contention for so many years.