It appears that father time has finally caught up with Philip Rivers. In his 16th NFL season, Rivers has shown his age. After a solid 2018 from both Rivers and the Chargers as a whole, the veteran quarterback has struggled in 2019 completing just 64.7 percent of his passes for 3434 yards, 17 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions.
Rivers is in his last year of a four-year, $83.25 million contract and is set to become a free agent after the season. The NC State product has played his entire career with the Chargers organization and team General Manager Tom Telesco said in January that Rivers wasn’t going anywhere after 2019 — but that was before the season and things have changed.
Depending on what they decide to do in the upcoming NFL Draft, it would be best for the Chargers to let the longtime QB go. If they end up drafting a quarterback like Alabama’s Tua Tagavailoa or Oregon’s Justin Herbert, it would be clear that Rivers’ days are numbered.
Additionally, the Chargers currently have one of the best backup quarterbacks in the league in Tyrod Taylor who is more than capable of filling in as a starter if the Chargers need to develop a young QB.
From last year’s 12-4 record, it’s clear that the Chargers can be among the best teams in the NFL. With Rivers turning 38 in December and his best days clearly behind him, it’s time for the Chargers to try and find their next franchise quarterback.
With young talent such as Melvin Gordon, Joey Bosa, Mike Williams and Hunter Henry currently on the roster, the Chargers likely have a bright — or at least competitive — future.
With a team like the Kansas City Chiefs in their division, it’ll be hard for the Chargers to be competitive with an aging Rivers at the helm. The Chiefs last year and the Ravens this year have shown that a young QB can be more of an asset than a fault.
Sure it might take a bit of time to develop a top pick, especially at a position like quarterback, but the Chargers are in a unique position where they have a chance to possibly grab an elite quarterback prospect while also having the talent to be a double-digit win team in the league.
Not many teams can say that and if they choose the right guy and he develops nicely, the young talent in Los Angeles could all hit their primes around the same time making the Chargers a possible nightmare to play in the future.