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Chargers QB Philip Rivers will go with ‘year-to-year mentality’ moving forward

Philip Rivers, Chargers

The Los Angeles Chargers indicated that the team was ready to begin negotiations on a new deal with quarterback Philip Rivers. It is safe to say that there will not be any talk about a long-term contract.

Rivers has since admitted that they have yet to work anything out beyond the one year that is left on his current deal. He said during an appearance on Hardwick and Richards on XTRA 1360 San Diego that he playing football will be a yearly decision:

“We’ve had no conversations in that regard,” Rivers told Hardwick and Richards on XTRA 1360 San Diego. “I think when you get to this point — I’ve got a year left [on his deal] — I think it’s truly year by year is my mentality. I think I’ve got a handful left.”

Rivers’ comments should come as no surprise. There is no question that he is in the final stretch of his career. As a result, there has been plenty of speculation regarding how much longer he intends to play.

Rivers has an $11 million base salary for the 2019 NFL season. However, it is safe to assume that he is only playing for a championship at this point. Fortunately, the Chargers were able to show that they are more than capable of competing with the best the AFC has to offer. Rivers found himself in familiar territory this season after losing to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in the playoffs once again. This talented, young core in Los Angeles may be the best shot he has at finally getting over the hump before retirement.