Philip Rivers still wants to play but only for a maximum of two years

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Philip Rivers won’t return to the Chargers, but he hopes not to follow Eli Manning out the door. At least not yet.

The eight-time Pro Bowler and the Chargers announced in a joint statement announcing Rivers, after 16 seasons, will not return to the team in 2020.

Rivers told Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times that he wants to continue his career, which is linked with Manning since the two were swapped in a 2004 draft-day trade.

“I do feel I have some emotional fire and passion still left,” Rivers said in a phone conversation with Farmer. “I know I have the passion for the game that I think is going to last my lifetime. And I think I have the ability left to go play at a high level.”

Rivers has moved his family from California to Florida, and two of the three teams in the state — the Buccaneers and Dolphins — have uncertain quarterback situations. Farmer also lists Carolina as a possibility with Cam Newton‘s uncertain future with the team combined with the fact that Rivers played at North Carolina State.

Rivers, 38, is realistic about his future.

“I can say for certain that if I’m playing, it’s a two-year maximum,” Rivers said. “Whoever the suitors are, I think that would be their hope as well. Because you never know how it goes. Shoot, if we stink it up after one year, I’m probably done. If we play really good, they’ll probably want to go again.

“Certainly you want a chance to win a championship, but it’s not just about that. If you told me right now, ‘You’re going to play for two years, and you’re going to be good. But y’all will not win a Super Bowl. Will you still play?’ Heck yeah, I’ll still play.

“So it’s not like it’s a Super Bowl or nothing. But if it’s a team where it’s going to be tough sledding and they’re two years away from even having a chance, and they led the league in most sacks given up or something, then it’s, ‘I don’t think so, guys.’”

For the first time, Rivers enters free agency with an unclear future. He believes he can still play at a high level.

He will have to wait and see what team or teams also feel that way.

19 responses to “Philip Rivers still wants to play but only for a maximum of two years

  1. Thanks for some great years in both SD and LA, Phil. You deserve to go out on your terms. Wish it was with us, but that’s how the game goes sometimes. There will never not be a Sunday where I’m not pulling for #17. Cheers to you on your swan song.

  2. “If you told me right now, ‘You’re going to play for two years, and you’re going to be good. But y’all will not win a Super Bowl. Will you still play?’ Heck yeah, I’ll still play”

    There’s your difference between Tom Brady and Phillip Rivers.

    Rivers belongs in the hall of good.

  3. holocene23 says:
    February 10, 2020 at 8:21 pm
    “If you told me right now, ‘You’re going to play for two years, and you’re going to be good. But y’all will not win a Super Bowl. Will you still play?’ Heck yeah, I’ll still play”

    There’s your difference between Tom Brady and Phillip Rivers.

    Rivers belongs in the hall of good.

    Yeah because Rivers was the reason the Chargers havent won a superbowl…. oh and that Brady is thinking about actualy being a Charger next year…

  4. As a chiefs fan I still really like and respect Rivers. But if the Chargers are the prime spot for an old QB like Brady to land bc of the weapons and a chance to win now, what does that say about Rivers?

  5. Colts, Titans, Jaguars, Broncos, Raiders, Bucs, and Redskins should all take a look. If Rivers has any gas left in the tank, he would be an improvement over their current situation.

  6. The Rivers fanboy quotient is overbearing here. The guy was a mediocre QB who threw away a lot of games…but lasted 15+ seasons. Therefore he’s a legend???

  7. Most reports of River’s free agency mention that he’s moved his family to Florida and then speculate that Tampa Bay may be a good option.

    What isn’t often mentioned is that he’s moved his family to the Florida Panhandle. He’s actually closer to New Orleans than Jacksonville and is over six hours away from Tampa. Nashville is only about 30 minutes farther than Tampa and no NFL team is a realistic easy commute from where he’s now living.

  8. tonyzendejas says:
    February 11, 2020 at 7:05 am
    The Rivers fanboy quotient is overbearing here. The guy was a mediocre QB who threw away a lot of games…but lasted 15+ seasons. Therefore he’s a legend???
    ______
    What’s your legacy?

  9. Why is everybody so certain that Rivers is washed up when in 2018 he passed for 32 TDs? To me that sounds like the offense around him fell down a bit, not him.

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    Exactly what happened. They new their best lineman (Okung) was going to be out most of the season and they did absolutely NOTHING to replace him. They just trotted out a bunch of low round picks and UDFAs. The also did nothing to shore up the receiving core who went 5 games in a row without a WR not named Keenan Allen or Mike Williams making a catch. When things go sideways like that PR starts playing hero ball and that’s where 80% of the ints come from. PR had a down year for sure but there was no difference in his actual ability between the year before and this last season.

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