Philip Rivers not planning to retire, open to continuing career elsewhere

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Philip Rivers got emotional in his postgame press conference Sunday, now facing the uncertainty of his future with the Chargers. The quarterback is set to become a free agent in March.

“Whether it’s exactly the end or not, which it still could be, but either way we’re still probably on 16 playing a little par-3 with only two holes to go,” Rivers said, via video from the team. “I’m definitely on that back stretch. There’s been times I’ve been a little emotional even at the house talking through things and thinking about the last blitz protection meeting or the last bus ride. Those things I have gotten to every now and then.”

Rivers has played 16 seasons for the Chargers. He plans to play a 17th whether it’s in Los Angeles or elsewhere.

“Yeah, I plan to play football, so yeah,” Rivers said. “Again, where that’s going to be, I think that’s going get sorted out over the next three months, I guess. I’ve never been in this position. I usually don’t even know when the league year starts and when all those things are. We’ll just kind of see. Again, I’m very thankful for 16 years, and if there’s another, I’ll be thankful for that one. But I think just with the uncertainty just comes that unknown.”

Rivers, 38, passed for 4,615 yards with 23 touchdowns and 20 interceptions. The Chargers finished 5-11.

“As far as can I do it? There’s no question,” Rivers said. “Do I still want to? Absolutely. There’s really no chip to prove anything to anybody. I know the people that know, know, and that’s that I still can play at a high level.”

48 responses to “Philip Rivers not planning to retire, open to continuing career elsewhere

  1. Thinking about packing up and moving their 9 or whatever kids is probably making his wife nauseous.

  2. The poorly-judged hot-headed picks Rivers (still) routinely lobs are a really bad habit that has kept him from the big game and broke his team three, four times this year alone in last five minutes of the game. That, sadly at this point, is the epitaph if Rivers doesn’t play another game.

  3. The Carolina Panthers could use him, he could start for a year or so while we find our quarterback of the future, and he could even mentor the new QB. Rivers journey started at NC State & could finish in Charlotte.

  4. What everyone else SHOULD see is an inept offensive line playing at a sub par level for years. The last number of years PR has been trying to play catch up which has led him to throw so many picks when they’ve fallen behind due to dumb penalties, fumbles, special teams gaffes, and his own picks, yes. Does not help he’s older and has always been immobile, but tell me, who’s the QB if he leaves? Who, exactly? New QB with a trio of Williams, Allen, and Henry who have never had anyone else but PR throw them the ball? Unless you can come up with a definite plan I expect him to be back in LA. He might not start for long, but he’ll be back. The Spanos family is not one that changes things drastically but unless they get a big name, a really big name to open the stadium with I just don’t see a change.

  5. Give Rivers a half decent OL and he will be fine. His time to pass this year has been towards the shortest out of any QB.

  6. Dennis Carson says:
    December 29, 2019 at 7:06 pm
    Thinking about packing up and moving their 9 or whatever kids is probably making his wife nauseous.

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    No need to be nauseous. Wife is probably stay home mom who hires full time nanny to help her watch the kids.

  7. This guy is a borderline Hall of Famer and you guys hating on him make me laugh. Probably just jealous bc he’s on his 10th kid and you are shooting blanks

  8. Patriots fan here… I have always been impressed with Rivers. Clearly a top notched family man. The game needs more individuals like him. He leads by example.

  9. Rivers has always been a hothead who talks trash to other players when his team is leading but whines when opponents do it to him. The Chargers need to let him sign elsewhere and he is never leading them to a title. Who in the hell would be jealous about having ten kids?

  10. I don’t get the (misguided) hatred towards Rivers and have to assume it comes from those who have really only been paying attention to the Chargers and NFL the last 5-6 years. Personally, I always found Rivers entertaining to watch and he was HUGE in those handful of years when the Chargers had Tomlinson, Gates, a decent o-line and some playmakers on defense. For the better part of the last decade the front office’s focus has been on getting a stadium deal, not on assembling a team or spending a nickel more than they had to. That’s too bad, because Rivers’ talent deserved better.

  11. Chicago is the likely landing spot for him, and they clearly need a QB that is an actual starter in the NFL. Give him a 2 year 60 million deal. Fully guaranteed.

  12. Half the teams in this league would be lucky to have him. The Bucs should offer free babysitting and draft picks to get him….

  13. He should retire with the Chargers, but the Spanos family doesn’t care about anything except money. They will most likely let him walk. He will be dearly missed if that is the case. Thank you Philip for playing harder than any player out there!

  14. Cry baby rivers, love it when old men taunt defensive lineman then proceed to get sacked multiple times and throw multiple picks.

    He’s like Forrest Gump, not a smart man…

  15. Phillip Rivers is a fine quarterback that as he said gave the game everything he had. I hope he stays with the Chargers. The Chargers have other problems than at quarterback. They usually don’t dominate the line of scrimmage on either side of the ball which usually means they will lose.

  16. Give Rivers 21 HOFers to play with and he’ll be fine. Otherwise, time to hang em up. Actually, he should have retired five years ago. It’s just selfish and greedy to continue playing when your play is what’s hurting your team. The guy has never won and he’s one of the most overrated players in NFL history. It’s a QB league and the teams with the best QB’s win. There are always going to be exceptions to the rule, but this guy has been playing long enough. It’s not a fluke that he’s never been a winner.

  17. If he leaves do they have someone waiting in the wings? What did I miss here. They have a bad offensive line for sure but even if Rivers were as bad as some people think, he would make fewer mistakes if he wasn’t constantly being pummeled. Really what are their options? Maybe squeeze another year out of him. Rebuild the offensive line ( you need to anyway) and draft his replacement. From a Vikings fan who suffered through Donovan Mcnabb, Christian Ponder, Spergon Wynn and Tartarus Jackson, be careful what you wish for.

  18. TB, Carolina, Arizona, Dallas, Houston and Indy all need an upgrade at QB, I am sure he will land somewhere no problem.

  19. yinzerssuck says:
    December 29, 2019 at 7:34 pm
    This guy is a borderline Hall of Famer and you guys hating on him make me laugh. Probably just jealous bc he’s on his 10th kid and you are shooting blanks
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    Please explain how Rivers is a Hall of Famer… The only thing he has is the amount of years that he’s been in the league. The only time the chargers were even relevent with him was when he was carried by LT, Gates, Sproles, and their Defense. He is the least clutch and most overrated QB in recent memory. Not to mention his tantrums when things don’t go his way. He should not even be mentioned in the same breath as the HOF.

  20. yinzerssuck says:
    December 29, 2019 at 7:34 pm
    This guy is a borderline Hall of Famer and you guys hating on him make me laugh.
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    I live in San Diego (not a native or a Charger fan) and having watched many Charger games over the last dozen years never thought Rivers was an elite QB. The running joke here is that if its late and the Chargers are losing, expect a Rivers pick.

  21. larams29 says:
    December 29, 2019 at 9:20 pm
    He stays on the West Coast but he’ll be a Las Vegas Raider
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    In what world does anyone consider Las Vegas part of the West Coast???

  22. Team he will end up on in order of most likely

    1. Chargers
    2. Panthers
    3. Bucs
    4. Bears
    5. Patriots (don’t laugh too hard this isn’t that far fetched)

  23. Easton Stick probably isn’t the answer at QB. Give Rivers 2 years, and draft someone this year and let Rivers ease the kid in. Rivers is not bad at all, if he’s willing to QB through the rebuild why not let him?

  24. chipper41 says:
    December 29, 2019 at 10:44 pm
    Team he will end up on in order of most likely

    5. Patriots (don’t laugh too hard this isn’t that far fetched)
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    Umm yes it is. One thing Belichick will not tolerate is a lack of ball control. Rivers is a turnover machine.

  25. It’s time for the class of 2004 QB’s to retire and ride off into the sunset. Rivers, Manning, and Roethlisberger have all had their moments, but they are no longer elite quarterbacks, and they will not be leading their prospective teams to the Super Bowl. I honestly do not see any teams that are going to fork over the bucks that Rivers and Manning are going to expect/demand, and after the injury Roethlisberger endured this season, I’m not sure he will ever be able to play again.

  26. codiablo says:
    December 29, 2019 at 8:25 pm
    Rivers to Vikings as FA, Cousins to Charger for a 7th rd pick.

    You have got to be out of your mind. What team would want to absorb a $28M salary hit for a quarterback who chokes in big games, 0-9 on Monday night. More of a turnover machine than Rivers.

  27. They need a 3rd receiver and better o -line! Letting Tyrelle Williamd go ad keeping Travis Benjamin was one of the dumbest moves this off season

  28. davew128 says:
    December 29, 2019 at 10:35 pm
    yinzerssuck says:
    December 29, 2019 at 7:34 pm
    This guy is a borderline Hall of Famer and you guys hating on him make me laugh.
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    I live in San Diego (not a native or a Charger fan) and having watched many Charger games over the last dozen years never thought Rivers was an elite QB. The running joke here is that if its late and the Chargers are losing, expect a Rivers pick.
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    the running joke is fans of other teams pretending to have “Chargers inside information” when you truly have no clue.
    Rivers – even in his worse year – is STILL better than YOUR qb.

  29. yinzerssuck says:
    December 29, 2019 at 7:34 pm
    This guy is a borderline Hall of Famer and you guys hating on him make me laugh. Probably just jealous bc he’s on his 10th kid and you are shooting blanks

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    Borderline? the ONLY thing he does not have is a ring, which is a TEAM award.
    he is a first ballot HOF player, or if not then lets remove all the QB’s currently in the HOF without a ring. we can just rename the HOF the Hall of Ring Counters.

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