The Facts: Rivers said Sunday he knows he “can play at a high level.” Chargers GM Tom Telesco agrees. “He can still compete at a top-starter level,” Telesco said Thursday.
Diehards Line: That said, Rivers is scheduled to become a free agent in March. His future with the Chargers is uncertain, and he said Sunday he is open to playing elsewhere next season. Telesco said the Chargers will do a full evaluation of the roster to see where (if?) Rivers fits. “In a perfect world, No. 17 is your quarterback forever,” Telesco said. Rivers has played 16 seasons for the Chargers, and he plans to play a 17th season somewhere in 2020. Telesco was asked if Rivers’ contract was something the team would want to get sorted out before the league year starts March 18, so Rivers doesn’t hit free agency. “More than likely, yeah. There’s no doubt,” Telesco said. Which sounds more like possibly, maybe, we’ll see. Rivers, 38, passed for 4,615 yards with 23 touchdowns and 20 interceptions, but the Chargers finished 5-11.