Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is open to play for another team in 2020 as the veteran insists he plans to continue in the NFL.
The Chargers ended their season with a 31-21 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Rivers’ possible farewell Sunday.
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The 38-year-old Rivers, eight times Pro Bowler, can become free agents after this season. Pressed on his future postgame, River was overwhelmed with emotion as he spoke to the media amid uncertainty.
“If this is the last time here or the last time in this outfit, this is a possibility,” Rivers told reporters. “I think in a year like this it might drain you a little bit and beat you up, but love is still there. Nothing struggles at this level.
“Living the dream, even in this situation at 5-10 (LA’s record comes in Week 17 against the Chiefs) … which tells me I still have juice … I still want to play)? “
The Rivers, who joined the Chargers after their fourth Giants draft and quickly traded for Eli Manning in 2004, added: “Yes, I plan to play football. We are in this position, we will only see that I am very grateful for 16 years, with uncertainty, it comes unknown.
“As I stand today, as long as anyone wants me, I’ll play somewhere, but in a month, I don’t know, I’d be ready to put on a headset and call a game.” If one of the 32 teams I want is in the right condition and I can start this 255th game in a row, I’ll run out there. “
The Rivers ended the 2019 campaign with 390 completions, 4,615 yards, 23 touchdowns and 20 interceptions in 16 games for the Chargers (5-11). It was the lowest number of TDs since Rivers since 21 in 2007, with his 20 interceptions being the highest of 21 in 2016.
“There are a lot of questions that need to be answered,” Rivers said. “It’s not just, ‘Am I back and will we win 12 games? “We’re a long way from this: ‘Check the box and we’re good.’ That would be inaccurate.
“There are a lot of questions going on. As they answer and how they are answered along with my personal question they will clarify a lot of things.”