Philip Rivers: I feel fine playing my contract out

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Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is heading into the final year of his contract, but he’s not in any hurry to get an extension.

Rivers, who has an $11 million salary and $5 million roster bonus this year, said on SiriusXM NFL Radio that he is fully prepared to play out 2019 and re-start negotiations with the Chargers in 2020.

“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.”

The Chargers currently have a little more than $10 million in cap space, and Rivers was asked whether a new contract would reduce his own cap number and leave room for holdout running back Melvin Gordon.

“If it does, awesome,” Rivers said. “You want our team to have the best chance to win. Hopefully we see Melvin soon. I think Melvin adds a great deal to our team.”

But a Rivers extension doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with Gordon’s contract. The Chargers could give Gordon a raise without Rivers freeing up any cap space. That they haven’t means they don’t agree with Gordon about how much he’s worth.

But while Gordon and the Chargers aren’t seeing eye to eye, Rivers sounds happy with the team regardless of whether a new contract comes this year or next year.

29 responses to “Philip Rivers: I feel fine playing my contract out

  1. Comparing Philip ($203 million career earnings) vs Melvin Houston ($13 million career earnings) is a risky proposition. Philip by all intents and purposes has been well taken care of financially for a number of years and Melvin Gordon is already statistically old for a running back in the league. I can’t blame the man trying to maximize his earning perennial while he still has the legs to carry him there.

  2. Are you getting Rivers’ subtle subtext there Melvin?
    Btw, Giants: this QB would’ve got you 4 good SBs, not 2 freaky ones – plus not defraud fans.

  3. Melvin Gordon could learn a few things from Philip Rivers, such as integrity and honoring ones contract. Hopefully Melvin Gordon is paying attention to how Philip Rivers acts as a responsible adult when it comes to business matters and emulates him. The teams have to honor the terms of the contract, and so should the players

  4. streetyson says:

    July 28, 2019 at 6:05 am

    Are you getting Rivers’ subtle subtext there Melvin?
    Btw, Giants: this QB would’ve got you 4 good SBs, not 2 freaky ones – plus not defraud fans.
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    I’m not a Giants fan but that’s a preposterous statement. A guy who hasn’t won a single super bowl your saying would have won 4 instead of the 2 Eli won. Rivers has a career 3-4 playoff record and has thrown 8 tds and 9 ints in those games.

  5. You know what would be funny?
    If Tom Brady retires after 2019 and then Phil Rivers goes to the Patriots for a year or two.

  6. This is a QB league. Once upon a time it use to be a RB league but no more. So Rivers like most top tier QBs has been taken care of financially. This will be one of the few times Gordon has any leverage and even the little he has does not amount to much but somewhere in the middle they should meet to getter done. If I am River behind the scenes I am pushing for it because you need Gordon for any chance at getting a chip!

  7. If this is a subtle shot at Melvin Gordon, this is not a fair comparison at all. QB’s careers last much longer and are paid significantly more than RBs. A superstar RB usually gets only one great deal throughout his career, if that. Nothing wrong with Melvin Gordon holding out to make sure he gets it without getting injured. I can’t blame him.

  8. “How come Aaron Rodgers never said anything like this?”

    He almost did, but then audibled into a passive-aggressive pout at the line of scrimmage.

  9. Rivers is way underpaid, compared to most QBs of his ability, stature, and seniority, yet he exemplifies grace and civility. Team first. He’s always had an unusual, puzzling affinity for this team, staying when he could have gone elsewhere for an improved chance at an SB and more money. Kinda weird. But I’ve always liked him.

  10. With Rivers at QB taking below-his-market pay, Chargers should have won at least two SuperBowls but their management was too cheap and dumb #HardTruth #MartyWasRight

  11. OK bashers – so you’re telling me you’d rather have The Statue as your QB than Aaron Rodgers? Good Luck.

  12. Whenever a running back holds out for his one and only payday of his career, everyone bashes him with the notion that they are completely replaceable.

    If that’s the case, then why not cut them and save cap room? Teams are trying to have their cake and eat it too with that argument. The players get all the criticism in these situations, but why don’t we ever ask why the Steelers didn’t just cut Le’Veon last season if James Conner was so good?

    It’s because they want to keep the player underpaid on their terms, with no liability if they get injured. The system really screws the player here.

  13. Rivers is a drama queen on the field but honestly is one of the best men of this entire league and this coming from a Chiefs fan. He’s all class, hell of a teammate and a great dad. Hate him on Sundays but love him every other day.

  14. “Rivers is way underpaid, compared to most QBs of his ability, stature, and seniority…”

    This is true, but his real compensation is around $21 million, not the $16 being referenced. Players like to forget the signing bonus, which in his case was $22.5 million.

  15. Problem is, every sign points to Gordon getting paid and disappearing and/or playing even less than he does now. Bottom line is, Gordon is very replaceable and not worth more than 8 million a year.

  16. NFL players, stick together and negotiate a better CBA. You are playing under rules and contracts that you agreed to. Don’t blame the greedy billionaire owners for being frugal with TREIR money. But in the end you will have guys crossing picket lines and looking out for their own personal interests, just like the owners.

  17. Rivers is the reason the Chargers never go anywhere. Can you imagine Russell Wilson in the LA Chargers??? They would be in the AFC Championship Game every year.

  18. I stand here before all you to state I don’t care what anyone says, they will always be the San Diego Chargers to me.

  19. Philip Rivers is the Ernie Banks (MLB) of pro football. Like Banks, Rivers has had an excellent HOF caliber career but both played for teams that never won championships. If Rivers (like Drew Brees and Eli Manning who were drafted by the Chargers) had played for another team, he would probably have multiple Lombardi trophies.

  20. araidersfan says:
    July 28, 2019 at 4:39 pm
    Philip Rivers is the Ernie Banks (MLB) of pro football. Like Banks, Rivers has had an excellent HOF caliber career but both played for teams that never won championships.
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    The comparison would be more apt if Ernie Banks was known for grounding into 9th inning double plays to end comeback bids…

  21. So much for all that sports media chatter during the previous four days that Rivers dislikes Melvin Gordon and threw him under the bus.

    At the very least, Rivers’ comments about Gordon suggest an element of “damage control” on his part, aware of the adverse interpretation of his previous comments to the L.A. Times about the running back position – which many took to mean that Rivers was purposely going out of his way to trash Melvin for holding out.

  22. jackedupboonie says:
    July 28, 2019 at 4:12 pm
    Rivers is the reason the Chargers never go anywhere. Can you imagine Russell Wilson in the LA Chargers??? They would be in the AFC Championship Game every year.
    ___________________________________________

    Let’s remember this is the same team & owner that fired a 14-2 HC to hire a lifetime <.500 HC(.484 to be exact), are you kiddin' me? The Chargers are going no where as long as Spanos is the owner!

  23. Shot putting the ball all day gets the Chargers nowhere. You need a 4th quarter magician like Wilson to get you over the top. Ever you stinking year the Chargers are hyped and clown show Rivers talks a good game then disappears in crunch time like in New England. Carolina was ahead something like 31-0 against Seattle at half in the playoffs and Wilson got them all the way back to within one score and almost won the playoff game. That kind of moxy can’t be taught.

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