Philip Rivers is entering his seventh season as the starting quarterback for the San Diego Chargers. Rivers is a four time Pro Bowler who led the NFL in passing yards during the 2010 season while throwing 30 touchdowns and only 13 interceptions when Vincent Jackson missed 11 games. Jackson led San Diego in receiving yards and touchdown receptions during the 2009 season.
Rivers has a 63-33 record as a starter in the regular season and although he could play better at times in the playoffs because of his 3-4 record, he threw for 308 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in a playoff loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 2008 season.
Rivers will be 30 years old when the 2012 season starts and because he plays the QB position, he should have many years left in the league. Rivers started in his team’s last 96 regular season games which is second behind New York Giants QB Eli Manning for the longest streak among active quarterbacks in consecutive starts while Rivers’ streak ranks seventh all-time in NFL history among quarterbacks. If Rivers starts all 16 games in 2012, he will pass Tom Brady for fifth on this all-time list.
Rivers is one of two quarterbacks who threw for at least 4,000 yards from 2008-2011 the other being his predecessor Drew Brees. San Diego has not been to the playoffs since the 2009 season and has not won a playoff game since the 2008 season when they defeated the Indianapolis Colts, so the team’s window might be closing, but not the window for Rivers. San Diego definitely has a top 10 QB in Rivers and arguably has a top 10 running back in Ryan Mathews. These are two players who the Chargers can build around and if Rivers decides that San Diego has not put the pieces around him to win a Super Bowl, he can leave as a free agent after the 2015 season. Rivers will be 34 years old at the start of the 2016 season, so he could still be in the prime of his career.