In a long-expected move, the Los Angeles Chargers finally decided to part ways with longtime starting quarterback Philip Rivers after 16 seasons. That has put him on the open market for the first time in his career, where he will don another uniform for the first time in his career. That has brought to the forefront questions concerning how much longer Rivers plans to play in the NFL as he nears his 40s. With that in mind, he has finally opened up to how much longer he envisions himself playing in the NFL.
The Chargers move on from Philip Rivers
Over the last several months, there had been a growing notion that Rivers had played his last game with the franchise.
That began to gain traction as he struggled to lead the team to success in the 2019 season, which saw Los Angeles fall well short of the playoffs finishing with a 5-11 record. Much of their struggles came in the way of close games as they lost nine of the 11 contests that were decided by seven points or fewer.
Rivers struggles throwing the ball played a significant part in that as he had plenty of issues with turnovers. He recorded 20 interceptions, 15 of which came in such contests. He played a vital role in those shortcomings as his poor decision-making at times would costing the Chargers in critical situations late in games.
All of that, coupled with his expiring contract, led the Chargers to pull away from Rivers being the franchise quarterback. That put him on the open market for the first time in his career.
How much longer will Philip Rivers play?
With Rivers no longer a member of the Chargers, the only thing that is clear at this point is that he wants to continue to extend his career.
There hadn’t been a timetable to exactly how many more years that would be, but that has changed as told Sam Farmer of the LA Times that he plans to play two more years maximum.
“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.”
That shouldn’t come as much of a surprise as Rivers had voiced that he doesn’t want to play into his 40s like Tom Brady and Drew Brees have in their careers. It falls right in line with him ending his career right at that point.
It also provides clarity to any prospective team that is looking to acquire his services in free agency in the coming weeks.
Where will Philip Rivers play next?
That is the million-dollar question at this point as it’s still quite early in the process as the start of free agency isn’t until March 18 at 4 p.m. ET.
The one team that has continued to pop up as a landing spot for Rivers has been the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That chatter began to sprout up after it was revealed that the former Pro Bowler had moved his family to Florida a couple of weeks ago. Meanwhile, the Buccaneers have some serious questions at the quarterback position with doubts that they will bring back Jamies Winston.
The Indianapolis Colts have also been mentioned as a potential destination as he could join a highly talented team that is looking for more stability under center. There may be other teams that arise in the picture, but it appears that Rivers will have his options if he does want to add a final chapter to his career.