The Los Angeles Chargers announced on Monday that quarterback Philip Rivers, whom they traded for in the 2004 NFL Draft and have seen start for them for every game over the last 14 years, is going to enter free agency. At this point, it seems as though the two sides are content to part ways 16 years after that draft.
It is a monumental moment for the organization and signals their biggest shift since moving to Los Angeles in 2017. Rivers is likely going to be a popular target due to his experience and the play that brought him to eight career Pro Bowls.
To memorialize his time with the San Diego/LA Chargers, people took to Twitter to remember the good — and sometimes the bad — of Rivers and the Chargers. Mostly the good. There’s also a comment from general manager Tom Telesco, who says he’s “not sure what the future holds.”
“In anything you do, it’s the people you do it with that make it special. There are so many relationships and memories with coaches, support staff and teammates that will last forever, and for that I am so thankful."— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) February 10, 2020
Philip Rivers to Enter Free Agency » https://t.co/njeTsCbi1D pic.twitter.com/bCKXKTRePh
(This clip is from January FYI)
From the #Chargers, GM Tom Telesco says, "Philip can still compete at a top-starter level and, in a perfect world, number 17 is your QB forever.” Philip Rivers says, ""I'm not sure what the future holds, but my family and I look forward to seeing what God has planned for us next"— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 10, 2020
Philip Rivers’ tenure with the Chargers:— Field Yates (@FieldYates) February 10, 2020
* 59,271 passing yards (franchise record)
* 397 passing TD (franchise record)
* Led team to 123 wins
* 8x Pro Bowler
* 224 straight starts (ZERO ever missed)
* 2013 NFL Comeback Player of the Year
A Bolts legend forever.
Chargers wasted Philip Rivers prime by giving him coaches like Norv turner and Mike McCoy.— The__SAD (@The__RAD) February 10, 2020
Philip Rivers was the #Chargers starting QB for 14 seasons and never missed a game during that stretch. 224 consecutive starts.— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) February 10, 2020
He tore his ACL in the '07 Divisional Round and still played in the Championship Game vs. the #Patriots.
A true competitor.pic.twitter.com/fTS6zlvDyM
The #Chargers had Drew Brees, Philip Rivers, LaDainian Tomlinson, Antonio Gates, Vincent Jackson, Darren Sproles, Shawne Merriman, Eric Weddle, Antonio Cromartie, etc.— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) February 10, 2020
Never made it to the Super Bowl.
A refresher on quarterbacks scheduled to be free agents in March:— Field Yates (@FieldYates) February 10, 2020
* Tom Brady
* Drew Brees
* Dak Prescott
* Ryan Tannehill
* Philip Rivers
* Jameis Winston
* Teddy Bridgewater
* Marcus Mariota
* Case Keenum
Philip Rivers will go down as a Chargers legend.— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) February 10, 2020
▪️ Franchise leader in pass yards and touchdowns
▪️ 8x Pro Bowler
▪️ 224 consecutive starts pic.twitter.com/kWuvJiiRfG
Philip Rivers’ greatest moment as a Charger pic.twitter.com/8frF9Xs9aV— 360°FantasyFootball (@360FFB) February 10, 2020
This is my favorite Philip Rivers moment pic.twitter.com/csuOKU05jE— Champions_All_Day (@Chiefs_All_Day) February 10, 2020
Since it is the end of an era I put together a quick tribute video for Philip Rivers and all the great times that we had this past season. pic.twitter.com/FrYMAC9H8Y— Nick Jacobs (@Jacobs71) February 10, 2020
What will I remember most about Philip Rivers as a Charger?— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) February 10, 2020
Never missed a game in 16 years
But teammates were always injured
Loved talking trash
Fun to watch
Hated QB sneaks
Changed plays a dozen times before snap
With the #Chargers announcing they won’t be franchise tagging QB Philip Rivers, this opens the door to Los Angeles potentially franchising Hunter Henry, allowing them to hang on to one of their top targets.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 10, 2020
What Rivers memories would you like to share?