Philip Rivers & Chargers mutually agree to part ways

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Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) looks to pass the ball, during the first half at an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, in Miami Gardens, Fla. AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Philip Rivers will enter free agency this year, officially ending his 16-year run with the Los Angeles Chargers.

The Chargers and the Athens High School graduate jointly announced the veteran quarterback’s decision Monday, with general manager Tom Telesco saying that the timing of the announcement will “allow everyone to put themselves in the best position for success in 2020.”

Rivers, 38, is the most prolific passer in Chargers history, but signaled that his time with the franchise likely was over last month when he moved his family from San Diego to Florida.

Rivers is sixth in NFL history in both career passing yards (59,271) and touchdown passes (397). He led the Chargers to the playoffs six times in his 14 years as their starter, including an appearance in the 2007 AFC championship game.

“I am very grateful to the Spanos family and the Chargers organization for the last 16 years,” Rivers said in a statement. “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.

“I never took for granted the opportunity to lead this team out on to the field for 235 games. We had a lot of great moments, beginning in San Diego and then finishing in LA. I wish my teammates and coaches nothing but the best moving forward.

“I’m not sure what the future holds, but my family and I look forward to seeing what God has planned for us next.”

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