Throughout the last several months, there has been plenty of dialogue around star quarterback Philip Rivers‘ future with the Los Angeles Chargers. There were plenty of rumblings around that his time with the franchise was nearing an end. The team had remained quite mum publicly about what they planned to do with the former Pro Bowl quarterback. With that in mind, the Chargers have decided to make their intentions clear with Rivers well ahead of free agency.
Philip Rivers’ 2019 season
The Chargers headed into the 2019 campaign with plenty of high hopes after coming off an impressive season that saw them reach the divisional round of the playoffs. However, things didn’t turn out anywhere near that level of success this past year as they fell well short of the postseason.
The team struggled to find success in close games as they lost nine of the 11 games played that were within seven points or fewer. A massive chunk of that blame came on the shoulders of Rivers‘ performance on the field as he struggled at times. The 38-year-old recorded 20 interceptions, 15 of which came in such contests. He played a significant part in those shortcomings as his poor decision-making at times would costing the Chargers in critical situations late in games.
All of that only further fueled the dialogue that his time with the franchise was going to come to an end after 16 seasons. Rivers continued to stay headstrong throughout with his commitment to the team, along with voicing a strong desire to continue playing in the NFL.
However, his future with the franchise is out of his hands, and the Chargers made their decision public Monday morning.
Chargers part ways with Philip Rivers
The rumblings around the Chargers and Rivers had continued to grow louder as the start of free agency has continued to draw nearer. Los Angeles has gotten ahead of the noise, stating Monday that the team is moving on from their longtime starter.
The writing was on the wall as it appeared to be a matter of time before the franchise moved in another direction. Rivers brought much success with the franchise during his 16-year tenure that saw him move to sixth all-time in NFL history with 59.271 passing yards and 397 passing touchdowns. He also led the franchise to six playoff appearances, which included the 2007 AFC Title Game.
“I am very grateful to the Spanos family and the Chargers organization for the last 16 years,” said Rivers. “In anything you do, it’s the people you do it with that make it special. There are so many relationships and memories with coaches, support staff and teammates that will last forever, and for that I am so thankful.
Rivers’ departure now puts the franchise into a new spot that they haven’t been in more than a decade since he took over as the starter 14 years ago. It now sets up what will be intriguing next several weeks for the Chargers, and even more so for the eight-time Pro Bowler.
What lies ahead of Philip Rivers, Chargers
With the decision out of the way, the two sides can officially move forward in different directions.
Rivers had recently moved his family closer to home in Florida, which has sparked rumors about his potential interest in playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Indianapolis Colts have also come up as a possible landing spot as he enters likely the final chapter of his career.
Meanwhile, the Chargers have been linked to Tom Brady for the last few weeks. Some reports surfaced hours before Super Bowl 54 that they would make a strong push for Brady in free agency.
Los Angeles could also go the way of the draft to grab a promising young quarterback. They currently hold the sixth overall pick, which could put them in the position snag a talented prospect at the position such as Tua Tangovialoa or Justin Herbert. There may also be a chance to move up to secure further their chances of taking one of the top quarterbacks in this year’s draft class.
Beyond that, there is much that will unfold for Rivers and the Chargers over the next several weeks.