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Los Angeles Chargers general manager Tom Telesco is hoping to engage in offseason discussions with quarterback Philip Rivers in regards to a contract extension.

“I can tell you he’s not going anywhere, so he’s going to be here,” Telesco told ESPN’s Eric D. Williams on Thursday. “We’ll talk at the right point, as far as the moves we need to make in the offseason, the resources we have and how it all fits in. But yeah, he’s not going anywhere.”

With one season left on his four-year, $83.5-million contract, Rivers said he hasn’t yet talked with the Chargers about an extension but would like to be wearing blue and yellow in September 2020 when the Chargers open their new stadium.

“I certainly feel that’s something I want to be a part of and hopefully be helping us still winning football games,” he said.

Head coach Anthony Lynn is hoping he can count on Rivers for a while still.

“After what he showed this year, I really think he can play for a couple more years, maybe even more – who knows?” Lynn said. “I don’t know what these guys take these days, they play forever.”

Rivers threw for 4,308 passing yards, 32 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions this season. He also tied a career high with a quarterback rating of 105.5. He led the Chargers to their first AFC divisional-round game in five years and earned his eighth trip to the Pro Bowl.

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One of the best seasons of Philip Rivers‘ career has led the Los Angeles Chargers to a shot at redemption against the New England Patriots in next weekend’s divisional round, 11 years after a 21-12 loss in the 2008 AFC Championship.

The eight-time Pro Bowler is looking forward to the opportunity to avenge a 19-for-37 performance with just 211 passing yards, no touchdowns, and two interceptions, after beating the Baltimore Ravens in Sunday’s wild-card game.

“Is it special to just go to New England against a Hall of Fame coach (Bill Belichick) and arguably the best quarterback ever to play (Tom Brady) and get another shot at them? Heck yeah. Heck yeah it is. It is special,” Rivers said after the win, according to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe.

“I’m not playing those guys, but I have a great deal of respect, fan of those guys. So to get an opportunity to go against them 11 years after we had that opportunity in that 2007 season, yeah, it’s awesome. I’m looking forward to it.”

The 37-year-old Rivers had one of his more lackluster performances of the season on Sunday, completing 22 of 32 attempts for just 160 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions against the Ravens’ stellar defense.

He had a completion percentage of 68.3 with 4,308 passing yards, 32 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions while leading the Chargers to a 12-4 record in the regular season. His 105.5 quarterback rating matched a career high he’d hit twice before.

The former fourth overall pick of the New York Giants has never beaten Tom Brady in his career and is just 1-7 against the Patriots – including a 0-2 postseason record – with his lone victory coming against Matt Cassel.

With his top tight end already ruled out for the 2018 season because of a torn ACL, Philip Rivers hopes the Los Angeles Chargers are receptive to the idea of bringing back Antonio Gates for a 16th season.

“I’d always be excited if he walked back in the door,” Rivers said Tuesday of his longtime teammate, according to Jack Wang of the Los Angeles Daily News.

The Chargers announced publicly at the end of April they would not re-sign Gates, a free agent who’s spent his entire career with the franchise.

The 37-year-old was surpassed on the depth chart permanently last season by Hunter Henry, but the season-ending ACL injury suffered by Henry recently leaves the Chargers with a major hole at tight end.

“It would get my vote,” Rivers added when asked about the possibility of reuniting with Gates for another campaign.

Even with his athletic abilities in decline, Gates has remained a reliable target in the short-passing game for Rivers over the past few seasons. The two have been Chargers teammates since 2004.

Gates, who notched 316 yards and three touchdowns receiving across 16 contests last season, hasn’t appeared to attract significant interest as a free agent.

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers may be enjoying a resurgent year in terms of personal performance while helping the Chargers hold a share of first place in the AFC West, but at the age of 35, he’s not letting the success mislead him when it comes to how much longer he’ll be playing.

“I don’t have a number in mind,” Rivers told the PFT PM podcast on Wednesday. “I can tell you right now it ain’t gonna be 45. I have no desire for it to be that long. I hope I help lead my son’s high school team to a state championship by the time I’m 45. I don’t think I’m gonna have a helmet on when I’m 45.”

Rivers has improved his completion percentage, his pass rating, and his average yards per attempt from last season. Through 12 games, he’s thrown for 3,292 yards and 21 touchdowns with a modest seven interceptions.

Rivers has two years left on his current contract with the Chargers at a total base salary of $21 million. With the Chargers yet to draft an apparent replacement for their longtime franchise quarterback, Rivers is keen to remain a part of the team for whatever length of time may be left in his career.

“As we sit today I certainly hope so. I certainly hope to. It’s been an interesting transition with the move up north but I think I speak for my wife and my children, they would all say it’s gone smoother than anticipated thus far. Hopefully it’s a handful more years,” he said.

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Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn is blocking veterans Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates from attending the Aug. 5 Hall of Fame induction ceremony for their former teammate, LaDainian Tomlinson, sources told Alex Marvez of Sporting News.

Lynn is insisting that Rivers and Gates participate in the Chargers’ training camp session instead, adds Marvez, which will be their first at StubHub Center.

Gates is still considering attending the ceremony despite Lynn’s wishes, even if he’s fined, one source told Marvez.

Marvez notes that it’s common for teams to grant exceptions for active players to attend Hall of Fame ceremonies for former teammates, pointing to the Arizona Cardinals allowing Larry Fitzgerald to miss practice for Kurt Warner’s induction this weekend.

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Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates have been synonymous with the Chargers for nearly 15 years, but the dynamic duo is still ringless as the end of their careers loom.

Running back Melvin Gordon said Friday on NFL Network that Los Angeles is motivated to help the team’s two eldest statesmen earn a Super Bowl title before they hang up their cleats.

“Father Time is coming with my boy (Antonio) Gates and (Philip Rivers),” Gordon said, according to NFL.com’s Jeremy Bergman. “It would mean a lot to get those guys that ring before they step down, especially Gates. I think we might lose him after this year; you never know with Gates. But it would be love to have him walk away with a ring and put that stamp on his career, so that’s definitely what we want.”

The 37-year-old Gates flirted with retirement this offseason, but ultimately opted to return, likely partly due to being one score away from breaking a tie with Tony Gonzalez for the most touchdowns by a tight end in NFL history.

While Rivers, 35, appears to have a larger window in which to capture his elusive first title, it’s possible the move away from San Diego to L.A. will cause him to question how much longer he wants to play.

Gordon will need to continue his ascension if the Chargers are to emerge as contenders. In 2016, the third-year back rebounded from a disappointing rookie season in which he failed to score a touchdown by finding the end zone 12 times and falling three yards short of 1,000 rushing yards due to a late-season injury.

Now, Gordon has his sights on adding some bling to his hand after getting a look at New England Patriots running back James White‘s ring collection.

“Winning season, man. We want a Super Bowl,” Gordon explained. “My boy James White, he has two of those things. I go to his apartment and you open up the little case and they’ve got the light flashing on the ring. All you can think about is I wish that could be me.”

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The end of Philip Rivers‘ illustrious career is looming, but the star quarterback is hoping to stick around long enough with the Chargers to play in their new stadium in Los Angeles, which is set to open in three years.

Rivers told NFL Network’s Rich Eisen that he has no plans to walk away from football anytime soon, despite the move away from San Diego.

“I hope to still be playing football in 2020, and certainly I hope I’m still playing here,” Rivers said, according to ESPN’s Eric D. Williams. “So yeah, I hope to get to see that stadium then. That’s a long way out. I’ve learned to just take them one year at a time and one game at a time at this point. I’m certainly thankful I’ve been able to be out there for all of them since 2006.

“I don’t take that for granted. And hopefully I’m still playing well enough and we’ve won enough football games that I will be able to trot out there in 2020 in that new stadium.”

Rivers will turn 39 near the end of the 2020 season, and while his physical skills have begun to show signs of decline, his style is suited to a career that extends into his 40s if he wishes.

And while Rivers’ loyalty to San Diego means the relocation to L.A. has likely been a tough adjustment, the veteran pivot is excited for a new challenge at this stage of his playing days.

“I really am excited about embracing this chapter, both from an organizational standpoint and then personally in my career,” Rivers said. “It’s a new market and new fan base. I do think over time, at least it seems like more and more of the fans that we’ve had that are in San Diego are kind of getting more and more warmed up and excited.

“I’ve had a bunch of people tell me, ‘We’re coming up and we’ll be up there for a game.’ I think if we can get it going we truly can be – and I know the Rams are already up there – but it’s kind of Southern California’s team right there in L.A.”