The Los Angeles Chargers wrapped another disappointing season that saw them fall well short of reaching the playoffs. It could also see the franchise undergo much change heading over the offseason to help push the team back in the right direction. That has shifted the focus over to quarterback Philip Rivers‘ long-term future with the franchise, as there was much chatter that his time with the organization could be nearing an end. Rivers may have signaled that being the case following the regular-season finale against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Philip Rivers’ career with the Chargers
Since entering the league as the fourth overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft, Rivers has been a steady source of reliability for the Chargers.
The 37-year-old has put forth some dependable play throughout his career that has seen him claim many franchise records along the way such as most wins (123), passing yards (59,271), seasons with 4,000 passing yards (eight), game-winning drives (32), and passer rating (95.2) among others.
He has had eight Pro Bowl selections while leading the franchise to six playoff berths, with four AFC West division titles and four double-digit win seasons. Although there were many shortcomings along the way, the Chargers always remained competitive with Rivers under center, which saw 10 seasons with at least a .500 record.
That all looks to be coming to a close, possibly in the comings over the offseason.
Philip Rivers signaling possible end to Chargers’ tenure
The Chargers had headed into the 2019 season with the hope of continuing the success they had last year, finishing with a 12-4 record. However, that all came crashing down this campaign as they fell well short of that mark with a 5-11 season that saw them miss the playoffs.
The chunk of that came in one-possession games, with nine losses in the 11 such games that finished with a seven-point or fewer margin. Rivers had stretches where he struggled as he had 20 interceptions while holding an 88.5 passer rating. Following the Week 17 loss to the Chiefs, he sounded like a player that had played his last game with the franchise after an emotional postgame press conference.
“I think I can say I gave it everything I had… doing it with so many guys over 14 years,” Rivers reflected. “And going to the locker room, win or lose and I could say, “Dadgum it, we fell short,’ or we won. I couldn’t have tried any harder.”
Rivers is in the final year of his deal, which has brought speculation that it could be his last season with the Chargers. Those comments, along with his flowing emotions, look to indicate this chapter of his career is nearing a close.
What lies ahead of Philip Rivers?
Rivers’ tenure with the Chargers may be coming to a close, but has repeatedly expressed that he has no plans for retirement at this moment. He had also stated that he was open to playing for another team if that scenario came forward.
Several teams could need another quarterback this offseason depending on how things unfold. Those possibilities could be the Jacksonville Jaguars, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Chicago Bears, and Carolina Panthers. The most reasonable landing spot could be the Panthers if they do move on from Cam Newton this upcoming offseason. It will be a homecoming of sorts as he played his collegiate career at NC State.
Rivers struggled at times with his decision-making, but he did display that he has enough left in the tank to be a capable quarterback at this stage of his career. It’s a situation that he will likely take his time choosing what will likely be the last stop of his career.