Report: Chargers Undecided on Philip Rivers' Future Ahead of 2020 Free Agency

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJanuary 27, 2020

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers throws during the second half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo. The Chiefs won 31-21. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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With free agency just around the corner, Philip Rivers' future with the Los Angeles Chargers remains unclear.

Fox Sports' Jay Glazer said Monday on The Herd with Colin Cowherd that the Chargers were ready to make a change under center.

"The Chargers moved on from Philip Rivers," Glazer said (h/t Allan Bell of CBS Sports).

However, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network later reported the team had yet to make a final decision on Rivers:

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

From @NFLTotalAccess: The #Chargers are working their way through their options on FA QB Philip Rivers, including possibly franchise tagging him. https://t.co/4sCad4bh6q

The 38-year-old has spent his entire 16-year career with the Chargers, starting every game for the team since 2006, but is set to hit free agency in March.

The quarterback struggled in 2019, however, throwing 23 touchdowns with 20 interceptions for a team that finished 5-11. His 88.5 quarterback rating was the third-lowest of any full season of his career.

It was his first time not earning a Pro Bowl selection since 2015.

In December, Rivers admitted that while he wanted to return to Los Angeles, the front office could go in a different direction.

"It's not solely going to be my decision," he said, per Jeff Miller of the Los Angeles Times.

He then permanently moved from San Diego—where he lived since entering the league in 2004—to Florida to be closer to his family, per Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter of ESPN.

If they opt to move on from Rivers, the Chargers can turn to veteran Tyrod Taylor or 2019 fifth-round pick Easton Stick to begin next season, or they spend the offseason looking for a replacement in free agency or trades. The team also has the No. 6 overall pick in the 2020 draft if it wants to find a long-term answer.