San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is unlikely to sign a new contract this year because of "uncertainty" surrounding the team, he said Tuesday.
River told the San Diego Union-Tribune that he plans to let his current contract expire before he signs a new one. He has one year remaining on his contract.
“What I can control and all I know as of today, I am signed up for one more year,” he said. “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.”
Part of the reason Rivers is inclined to wait to sign a new deal is the potential that the Chargers could move to Los Angeles.
[daily_cut.NFL]“What we’ve established here with my growing family is hard to recreate,” he said. “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.”
Rivers has played his entire 11-year career with the Chargers and has started every one of San Diego's games for the last nine years. General manager Tom Telesco said at his year-end press conference in December that the team is "committed to make sure that Philip retires as a Charger."
Rivers was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2013 after completing a career-high 69.5% of his passes. He also threw 32 touchdowns, the most since 2008. Rivers threw 31 touchdowns in 2014 but also had a career-high 18 interceptions.
Veteran backup Kellen Clemens is the only other quarterback on San Diego's roster with NFL experience. Brad Sorensen, a seventh-round pick in 2013 who spent the past two years on the practice squad, is also under contract.
- Dan Gartland