Buccaneers Make Unexpected 2020 Quarterback Decision
The Buccaneers made an unexpected 2020 quarterback decision.
It appears Tampa Bay is not fully confident in moving forward with Jameis Winston as its franchise quarterback.
Instead, the team is reportedly turning its attention to former Los Angeles Chargers quarterback, Philip Rivers.
According to CBS Sports NFL insider Jason La Canfora, there is mutual interest between Rivers and the Buccaneers.
Hearing a lot of buzz about Tampa as a possible landing spot for Philip Rivers. As reported back in late November, he and the Chargers were likely headed to a parting of the ways
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 20, 2020
Rivers officially becomes a free agent in two months, and when that happens, the two parties are expected to talk.
The 38-year-old quarterback has expressed a desire to keep playing 2020, regardless of whether happens with the Chargers or someone else.
Last year Rivers recorded 4,615 yards, 23 scores and 20 picks. The touchdown total was his lowest in more than a decade, and the interceptions total was a career high.
Ironically, of the only two quarterbacks that threw more interceptions than Rivers last season, one was Winston.
Winston finished his 2019 campaign with 30 interceptions.
Bucs head coach Bruce Arians has repeatedly indicated that he is not married to the idea of Winston returning.
As such, it would not be particularly hard to imagine him making a serious push for the organization to bring in a proven veteran like Rivers instead.
The Chargers, meanwhile, are expected to move on from Rivers by either pursuing Tom Brady in free agency or selecting a top-tier one with their first round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.