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Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers agree to contract extension

San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers throws against

San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers throws against the Dallas Cowboys during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015 in San Diego. Photo Credit: AP / Lenny Ignelzi

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Chargers say they have agreed to a contract extension with quarterback Philip Rivers through the 2019 season.

The extension, announced Saturday night, comes as team chairman Dean Spanos has angered many Chargers fans by exploring a move to the Los Angeles area.

Rivers' current deal was set to expire at the end of the season. He has said he'd be OK playing out the deal, but also said he'd be open to an extension, as long as talks didn't drag out into the season.

Rivers has been San Diego's starting quarterback since 2006.

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