Chargers GM: Philip Rivers 'not going anywhere'

New deal for Chargers QB Philip Rivers 'going to happen,' team owner says

The Los Angeles Chargers’ season ended last weekend with a painful loss to the Patriots, but the team is already looking to the future.

And not just the 2019 season, but 2020.

Chargers general manager Tom Telesco held a media session Thursday to wrap up the team’s season. Among the topics: the future status of quarterback Philip Rivers, who is entering the final year of his contract.

Telesco seemed to guarantee the team will extend the 37-year-old veteran at some point.

“I can tell you he’s not going anywhere,” Telesco said. “He’s going to be here, but we’ll talk at the right point as far as the moves we need to make in the offseason, the resources we have and kind of see how it all fits in. But yeah, he’s not going anywhere.”

Rivers posted one of his best seasons in 2018 to help the Chargers finish 12-4. He passed for 4,308 yards, had a 32-12 TD/INT ratio and tied his career-high quarterback rating of 105.5.

When asked about Rivers’ performance, Telesco responded, “Tremendous. I mean, I can’t rank his years, but I know he had an excellent year this year all the way through. A lot of that has to do with him and a lot of that has to do with the team that’s built around him, both offense and defense. He’s forever our leader and he had a tremendous year this year.”

Sounds like Telesco is eager to see Rivers, who started his NFL career with the Chargers in 2004, finish with the team.

“For how long he wants to play, you’d have to ask him that but we’re really lucky to have him,” Telesco said.