Colts New Favorites To Land Philip Rivers
The Colts are the new favorites to land Philip Rivers, it would appear.
On Monday, Rivers and the LA Chargers went their separate ways.
After sixteen years together, both parties determined that it was time to move on.
“After stepping back a bit from last season, we reconnected with Philip and his representatives to look at how 2019 played out, assess our future goals, evaluate the current state of the roster and see if there was a path forward that made sense for both parties,” GM Tom Telesco said in a statement.
“As we talked through various scenarios, it became apparent that it would be best for Philip and the Chargers to turn the page on what has truly been a remarkable run.”
“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.”
— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) February 10, 2020
While the move was interesting, it was not totally unexpected.
Rivers and the Chargers had been drifting apart for two seasons now.
After the move from San Diego to Los Angeles, Rivers expressed a lack of desire to cozy up to his new fans. He did not even bother to move his family to LA – opting instead to simply commute to work.
Given his feelings on his new digs and the Chargers’ inability to connect to the LA fan base with Rivers as their starting quarterback, the separation was probably something of an inevitability.
Now the question becomes: what comes next?
Rivers joins Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Jameis Winston as quarterbacks who will be looking for a new deal this offseason.
Interestingly enough, though, he may have the easiest time finding a new landing spot out of all those names.
According to NFL insider Jeff Darlington, the Colts are an “ideal” landing spot for Rivers.
Because the team is not too fond of current quarterback, Jacoby Brissett, there will be plenty of opportunities for Rivers to step into a role similar to the one he had for the Chargers over the past decade and a half.
Free agency kicks off on March 18. At that point, expect all hell to break loose as teams scramble to sign big name superstars like Brees.