Philip Rivers Moves Family from San Diego, Clouding Future with Chargers

Jason B. Hirschhorn

Though the Los Angeles Chargers have yet to make an official decision on Philip Rivers' future with the organization, the quarterback and his family have moved from their longtime home in San Diego to Florida.

ABC 10's Ben Higgins and ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported the news.

Since the Chargers acquired Rivers on draft day in 2004, he and his wife Tiffany have made their home in San Diego. That remained the case when the franchise relocated to the Los Angeles market prior to the 2017 season, with Rivers commuting roughly 87 miles to and from the team's practice facilities in Costa Mesa, California. Though an unusual arrangement, Chargers officials expressed their comfort with the approach both publicly and privately due in large part to Rivers' ability to maximize his time in the building.

The departure from San Diego doesn't guarantee that Rivers will not return to the Chargers next season, but it suggests the two sides have moved closer to a separation. General manager Tom Telesco said during his season-closing press conference that he would like to have a decision made well in advance of March 18, the first day of the new league year and the start of free agency.

Rivers, who turned 38 in December, will become an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career later this year. Due to his age and contract status, the eight-time Pro Bowl quarterback spent the majority of the 2019 season fielding questions about his future with the Chargers and interest in continuing his NFL career. After sidestepping the questions for months, Rivers eventually declared his intentions during the final weeks of the year.

"As I stand today, as long as somebody wants me, I'll be playing somewhere," he said following the team's season finale. "But shoot, in a month, I don't know. I may be ready to put on a headset and call a play. I don't know. I really don't. But as honest as I can answer right now, if one of 32 teams want me and it's the right situation, and I can start that 225th game in a row, I'll be running out there."

If the Chargers' 2020 plans no longer include Rivers, it appears he is willing to continue his career elsewhere.

-- Jason B. Hirschhorn is an award-winning sports journalist and Pro Football Writers of America member. Follow him on Twitter: @by_JBH

Comments (5)
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Matt66
Matt66

Yep Kellen Winslow! How about Chuck Muncie, Wes Chandler, and the next Generation or so, LT, Antonio Gates and Darren Sproles! Yep I've liked them since Air Coryell, I'm right behind you as I'm going to be 49. I'm from Colorado so my whole family are Bronco fans. I even remember getting kicked out of my own house by my aunt because i was cheering for the Chargers!.

Footballfan55
Footballfan55

I think that his time for the Chargers is officially over and it should be. He has been a namesake for years and brought the Chargers years of success but he is old and it is time to move on.

NoSafePlace
NoSafePlace

I don't blame him. Helps the Chargers make their decision to move on. As long as the Spanos own the Chargers. It will be long time until they do anything good. No big fan base in L.A. It's always been the Rams team there. I left San Diego to be closer to home. I live in Missouri & I am a certified Chiefs fan now. Love the fans at Arrowhead. My brothers in the tomahawk chop.

Dillon88
Dillon88

Seems like it is now becoming a reality. Rivers has brought the Chargers organization some of its best moments. But moving on is the only way to advance the direction of the organization

cdetone17
cdetone17

I have been a Chargers fan since I was 10 years old. I’m 51 now. I’ve been through Fouts, Humphries, Brees, Rivers. Growing up, I wanted to be #80. If you’re a true Chargers fan, you know who I mean. Back to Rivers, if he doesn’t get the chance to retire a Charger, I will be leaving with him. If he ends up with someone else, that’s who I’ll follow. I wish him well.


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