Philip Rivers Contract Rumors: Chargers to Address QB's Deal in Offseason

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistAugust 16, 2019

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers throws during NFL football training camp in Costa Mesa, Calif., Tuesday, July 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)
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Philip Rivers is heading into the final year of his contract, but he reportedly isn't in a rush to get a new deal.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Los Angeles Chargers will address the quarterback's contract after the 2019 season.

"We're on the same page with Phil," general manager Tom Telesco said in June.

Rivers signed an $83.3 million extension in 2015 and will make $16 million in 2019.

Although playing without a secured future could be dangerous, the quarterback has stayed healthy throughout his career, starting all 16 games in each of the last 13 seasons. He also made his third straight Pro Bowl in 2018 and his eighth overall, so there is little question about his effectiveness on the field.

Perhaps more importantly, there hasn't been much of an effort by the Chargers to find a replacement for the 37-year-old in the draft.

Los Angeles selected Easton Stick in the fifth round this year, but it's the earliest the organization has drafted a quarterback since Jonathan Crompton in 2010. In that same span, the New England Patriots have drafted six quarterbacks, including four in the fourth round or higher, despite having Tom Brady.

Tyrod Taylor could potentially take over after signing a two-year deal in the offseason, although there are few long-term plans in place for the Chargers.

This could provide some security that a deal will get done for Rivers even if he hits free agency after the season.

Additionally, the lack of urgency could help the organization focus on running back Melvin Gordon, who is currently holding out in search of a new contract.