The chargers and longtime quarterback Philip Rivers have agreed that Rivers won't return for the 2020 season and will join the NFL-free agency, the team said.
“After retiring a bit from last season, we met again with Philip and his representatives to see how 2019 developed, to assess our future goals, to assess the current status of the list and to determine if there's a way that makes sense for parties, ”said Tom Telesco, general manager of Los Angeles, on Monday on the team's website. “When we talked about different scenarios, it turned out that it was best for Philip and the chargers to turn the page on a really remarkable run.
"We agreed that a decision made long before the free choice would enable anyone to put themselves in the best position for success in 2020."
Rivers recently moved to Florida with his family, which was a sign that his time with the Chargers was running out and there were rumors that he could replace Jameis Winston in Tampa.
The news comes amid intense speculation about where Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will play next season, and the Chargers defeat a handful of teams named as the landing site for the six-time Super Bowl champion. Brady will open a free agency for the first time in his career in this offseason unless he signs again with New England.
Since the Chargers named him fourth overall in 2004, Rivers has held more than 30 franchise records and is among the top 10 NFL all-time lists in numerous categories. He has the ninth most popular season wins (123) as a starter in NFL history and beats legendary quarterbacks Johnny Unitas, Joe Montana and Jim Kelly.
"I've been very grateful to the Spanos family and Chargers organization for the past 16 years," Rivers told the team website. "In everything you do, it is the people you do it with that make it special. There are so many relationships and memories with coaches, coaches and teammates that will last forever, and I am very much for that grateful. "
Last season, along with Brady, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Brett Favre and Dan Marino, Rivers were the only players with more than 58,000 careers.