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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.

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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.”

 NFL: Kansas City Chiefs at San Diego Chargers
 

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.”

NFL: New York Giants at San Diego Chargers

Entering his 14th season in the NFL, Philip Rivers has put together a potential Hall of Fame-worthy career.

While the Los Angeles Chargers quarterback doesn’t plan on ending his run soon, he’ll walk away from the game if he’s no longer able to contribute on the field.

“I don’t want hang on at the end and just be a guy that’s hanging on,” Rivers told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on his podcast. “But if I still feel like I can help a team and I enjoy it the way I do and more importantly, if the team feels that I can help them. …

“I don’t see myself shutting it down any time real soon.”

Rivers, 35, has three years remaining on his current contract and hasn’t been discouraged from continuing with the Chargers as they relocate to Hollywood this season.

“I’m excited about the challenge and the newness and the unknown that’s going to come with being in a new community and playing in a new stadium,” said Rivers. “But we’re going to still have that bolt on my helmet and I’m excited about what’s ahead.”

Rivers has a plan once he does finally decide to end his playing career, however, as he hopes to coach his sons’ high school football teams. Though, that could be some time away considering that his oldest boy is only 9 years old.

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Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn is confident that Philip Rivers will enjoy a resurgent campaign this fall, partly due to the quarterback’s offseason regimen.

“He’s in great shape. He’s lost nine or 10 pounds,” Lynn said Tuesday on “The Jim Rome Show,” according to Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk. “Watching him run around on the field with the younger guys, he looks rejuvenated and he’s got a little zip on the ball. He can have three or four more productive years easily in my mind.”

Rivers was named to the sixth Pro Bowl of his career last season, but the Chargers slumped to a 5-11 record, missing the playoffs for the third consecutive year.

The Chargers fired head coach Mike McCoy immediately after the team’s season-ending loss and hired Lynn on Jan. 12.

Keenan Allen‘s expected to return from a torn ACL this season, and the Chargers used their first-round pick on wide receiver Mike Williams, providing Rivers with ample options in the passing game.