Philip Rivers Wants to Finish 2015 but Can’t Promise Los Angeles is in His Future
San Diego Chargers’ quarterback Philip Rivers has one more year remaining on his contract, taking him through the 2015 season.
Beyond that, if Rivers was offered a contract extension it could eventually lead him to playing in Los Angeles where the Chargers have potential plans of building a joint stadium with the Oakland Raiders.
Speaking on this season and his future, where his family including seven children comes into play, Rivers shared this (via the UT-San Diego).
What I can control and all I know as of today, I am signed up for one more year. I guess things could change, but with all the uncertainty in many aspects, I don’t see it changing before camp gets here, and when camp gets here I’m even more certain to play it out.
What we’ve established here with my growing family is hard to recreate. It’s hard to up and recreate that. I know that moves are part of life. But that certainly is fair to say that (not being sold on moving to Los Angeles) is part of it. The good thing is I’m not under contract in a year where we’d potentially be in Los Angeles.
From previous reports by general manager Tom Telesco, at the end of the 2014 season, he indicated that the team would “definitely” work out a new contract for Rivers that would keep him as the Chargers until he retires.
As of this time, there have reportedly been no discussions between Rivers and management regarding a new contract according to Kevin Acee of the UT-San Diego. However there have been rumors in league circles that the Chargers could be interested in trading up to have a shot at selecting Marcus Mariota.
When asked by Acee about a trade, Telesco did not deny the possibility, but answered in a text message with this.
I don’t like Philip as our QB, I love him. And I’ll go to war with him.
Rivers has had some struggles and at 33-years-old, he most recently dealt with a rib and back injury he endured last season. Despite that, he still put up some amazing numbers by completing 66.5 percent of his passes, for 4,286 yards, 31 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. Traded in the first round of the 2004 draft by the New York Giants, Rivers will enter his 12th season for the Chargers in 2015.
As for a possible trade, it would be risky for the team letting a solid starter and top 10 quarterback like Rivers depart. However, when it comes to quarterbacks and this year’s free agency, a whole lot of risk and shock have already gone down. Nothing much should come as a surprise at this point in time.