Denver Broncos Considering Signing Philip Rivers?
Are the Denver Broncos signing Philip Rivers?
Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers officially went their separate ways this week.
After 16 years together, both parties determined that it was time for a change.
“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,” General Manager 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.”
Heading into last season, many thought Los Angeles had the talent necessary to be a dark horse Super Bowl contender.
Unfortunately, things quickly fell apart, and the team did not even make the playoffs.
Don’t even get started on Rivers, Broncos Country. Talked to Broncos high-ranking source: Team won’t be in on Philip Rivers. Elway/Fangio moving forward with Drew Lock. #9sports
— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) February 10, 2020
“We agreed that making this decision well before free agency would allow everyone to put themselves in the best position for success in 2020,” Telesco continued.
“I’ve said before that Philip can still compete at a top-starter level and, in a perfect world, number 17 is your quarterback forever. Obviously, we live in an imperfect world where the only constant is change. I think Philip’s tremendous perspective, both when it comes to football and when it comes to life, helped lend clarity to a very complex situation.”
The 38-year-old Rivers struggled last year compared to his previous performances. Whereas in 2018 he threw for 32 touchdowns, 12 interceptions and 4,308 yards, this past season he amassed 23 scores, 20 interceptions and 4,615 yards.
“I am very grateful to the Spanos family and the Chargers organization for the last 16 years,” said Rivers in response to LA’s 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.”
The two teams that Rivers has been most closely linked to today have been the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Carolina Panthers.
That said, some have wondered if perhaps the Broncos would take a look at the veteran quarterback.
According to Broncos insider Mike Klis, that will not in fact be the case.
“Don’t even get started on Rivers, Broncos Country,” he tweeted out.
“Talked to Broncos high-ranking source: Team won’t be in on Philip Rivers. Elway/Fangio moving forward with Drew Lock.”
None of that should come as a surprise to anyone. While Rivers is an intriguing option, Denver very clearly has its sights set on Lock as its quarterback of the future.