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Anthony Lynn: Philip Rivers seems to get better with age

Divisional Round - Los Angeles Chargers v New England Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - JANUARY 13: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers reacts during the fourth quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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Philip Rivers has played more seasons than he has kids, but it’s not far off. He has played 15 seasons. He and his wife, Tiffany, welcomed their ninth child into the world Tuesday.

Rivers, 37, still feels young.

He has said he expects to play beyond 2019. The Chargers want him to play beyond 2019, with plans to open talks about a contract extension this offseason.

Coach Anthony Lynn said Rivers seems to get better the older he gets.

“Knock on wood, he’s been healthy as an ox,” Lynn said. “This guy. . . In 2017, I thought he looked good. In 2018, I thought he looked better. I don’t know what he did, but I told him to do it again. I think going into this year you might see us rest some of our veterans a little bit more than I did last year. Maybe we can finish a little stronger.

“I think the way he’s playing -- he’s going to turn 38 years old [in December] -- I think is incredible. I can’t wait to get back out there with him.”

Rivers has one year remaining on his current deal, paying him $11 million in base salary this season and counting $23 million against the salary cap.