By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is not ready to hang up his cleats just yet. The 37-year-old wants to play several more years.
“I think it’s truly year by year is my mentality,” he said to XTRA 1360 San Diego on Friday. “I think I’ve got a handful left.”
Rivers had a stellar season in 2018 and guided the team to the playoffs. After defeating the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Wild Card Round, the team was defeated by the New England Patriots in the AFC Divisional Round.
The Decatur, Alabama native started all 16 games for the Chargers. He guided the team to a 12-4 record in 2018. It was their best record since 2009 when the team went 13-3.
Rivers went 347 of 508 for 4,308 yards. He also had 32 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
His best game of the season came in the season-opener against the Kansas City Chiefs when he went 34 of 51 for 424 yards in a loss to the Chiefs. He had three touchdowns and an interception in the game.
While Rivers would like to play several more seasons, the Chargers could potentially release him this off-season. They have an out in his contract, which would cause them to have $7 million in dead cap space if they release him.
If they move on, they would have paid him $83 million over four seasons. If they keep him, the 2019 season would be the final year of his contract.
He is slated to make $11 million in 2019, before being a free agent in 2020.
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