Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Chargers and QB Philip Rivers have agreed that Rivers will likely play out the final year of his contract before addressing his contract situation next year.
According to Rapoport, the expectation is that Rivers will continue his career beyond the 2019 season, which fits with comments from Rivers back in June.
“I think when you get to this point, you do take it one year at a time,” Rivers said. “But I do expect to be playing here next year, that is the expectation. But when you’re 37, you say, ‘OK, let’s focus on this year.’ Then, ‘Let’s focus on next year.’ Take them one at a time.”
One comp that has been tossed out for Rivers is Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger, who agreed to a deal that will pay him $30 million per year over two years.
Rivers, 37, is a former first-round pick of the Giants back in 2004. He was later traded to the Chargers in return for Eli Manning.
Rivers is entering the final year of his five-year, $99 million contract that includes $65 million guaranteed and stands to make a base salary of $11 million for the 2019 season.
In 2018, Rivers appeared in 16 games for the Chargers and completed 68.3 percent of his passes for 4,308 yards to go along with 32 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 7 quarterback out of 38 qualifying players.
We’ll have more regarding a new deal for Rivers as the news is available.