Chargers QB Philip Rivers to 'Regroup' After 2019, Decide on 2020 Status

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Philip Rivers addressed his status for 2020 on Saturday, saying he will "regroup" after the season before determining whether he will continue playing, according to ESPN's Eric D. Williams.

"I think that is my desire [to keep playing], but I do think that it only seems right to say, 'all right, let's take a deep breath and regroup,'" Rivers told Williams. "I kept saying, a couple years, a couple years or a handful, and then I went to the 'one year at a time.' And I think that's where it is, and that only makes sense when your contract is up and you're going to be 38 here in a few weeks."

Rivers is in his 14th year as Los Angeles' starting quarterback after being selected with the No. 4 pick in the 2004 NFL draft. The NC State product is the Chargers' franchise leader in touchdown passes, passing yards and quarterback wins, leading Los Angeles (and formerly San Diego) to the playoffs six times. Rivers has never reached the Super Bowl.

2019 will mark the final year of Rivers' contract. He signed a four-year, $83 million extension prior to the 2016 season.

Rivers and the Chargers have struggled in 2019. They enter Monday night's matchup with the Chiefs third in the AFC West at 4–6. Rivers leads the NFL in passing yards and passing attempts, but his yards per attempt and QB rating are at their lowest marks since 2016.

Rivers ranks third in passing yards among active quarterbacks. Only Tom Brady and Drew Brees have thrown more passing touchdowns.