Chargers Owner Dean Spanos: New Philip Rivers Contract 'Will Happen'

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorMay 22, 2019

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - JANUARY 13:  Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers in action against the New England Patriots during their AFC Divisional Round playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Los Angeles Chargers owner Dean Spanos expressed confidence Tuesday that his team will re-sign franchise quarterback Philip Rivers, who is a free agent after the 2019 season.

Gilbert Manzano of the Orange County Register provided video:

"We have an understanding, as long as [Rivers] wants to be here, we want him here," Spanos told reporters at the Chargers Invitational golf tournament.

"We love Philip Rivers, you can't say enough great things about him. I don't think the contract issue is a big thing for us or for him. It's gonna happen, it will happen."

Rivers, who turns 38 in December, completed 68.3 percent of his passes for 4,308 yards and 32 touchdowns while leading the Chargers to a 12-4 record and an AFC divisional-round appearance. He's played for the Bolts for his entire 15-year career.

No one in the Chargers organization is expressing any concern about a new contract for Rivers, who arguably looked as good as ever in his 13th season as the Bolts' starter.

"I'm just fine right where we are," Rivers told reporters on May 6. "I have this year left and under no immediate stress or urgency to get anything done, even if it means playing out. That'd be just fine, it really will.

"We have a good group here and a good thing going and, at this point, focus on one year at a time and take it from there."

As Manzano noted, Chargers general manager Tom Telesco has insisted this offseason that Rivers will stay put after his current deal ends.

All signs point to Rivers being a Charger after 2019, but L.A. has unfinished business to handle this upcoming season.

The Bolts lost 41-28 to the New England Patriots in the divisional round. However, many of the same players are returning, so they should once again compete for a playoff spot and Super Bowl appearance.

This time around, they should feature a healthy Joey Bosa, who missed nine games last season with a foot injury. The Ohio State product amassed 12.5 sacks in 16 games the year before.

Los Angeles currently has the eighth-best Super Bowl title odds at 19-1, per Sportsbook.ag.

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