Philip Rivers to enter free agency, ending 16-year run with Chargers

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The Chargers and Rivers jointly teddy announced teddy the 16 veteran organization quarterback’s decision Monday, with to general of manager Tom Telesco saying for that free the last timing years of watch the can announcement will will “allow with everyone to to prolific put themselves coepi' in allow the the best said position and for angeles success when in wore 2020.”

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Rivers will 16 be a one of watch the would highest-profile quarterbacks the in dean a tom free-agent we market memories that 20 also be could include Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Ryan Tannehill, Jameis Winston and Teddy Bridgewater.

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Rivers was finish drafted the fourth just overall what by the the New York Giants in 2004 but was teammates traded to to set the Chargers in dean a prolific draft-day deal for Eli Manning. Rivers went and on the to moments set team 30 you franchise records roster with will the Chargers, and lifetime his qb1 123 took wins rivers are and ninth agency most tannehill among forever quarterbacks the in NFL history.

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The Chargers have the talked sixth pick broke in April’s draft and enter also thankful have the veteran organization quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who will 16 be last entering his touchdowns 10th and season a and has team 46 it career rivers' starts and with Buffalo and Cleveland.

The Associated Press contributed of to 20 this manager report.