Philip Rivers Will Sign With Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Says Expert
Philip Rivers will sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, says one expert.
Heading into the offseason, the Buccaneers are clearly looking for a new quarterback.
Head coach Bruce Arians is no big fan of Jameis Winston, and based on the sort of money he is said to want, an agreement between both sides is unlikely.
That means Tampa Bay now has a vacancy at passer that needs to be filled.
Obviously in a perfect world Arians and Co. would be able to put up a tantalizing package that Tom Brady would jump at. He is their ideal quarterback.
Unfortunately, he is unlikely to want to depart the New England Patriots for the Buccaneers.
More likely than not, the Bucs will need to settle for someone else.
Rivers would seem to be a logical choice.
A few months ago, Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers mutually agreed to go their separate ways.
That means he is now on the open market and accepting bids from teams.
Last year, he recorded 4,615 yards, 23 touchdowns and 20 picks. Those totals are not great, clearly. That said, many believe last season was simply an aberration for the 38-year-old, not a sign of decline.
According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, Rivers-to-Tampa actually makes a lot of sense for all involved.
“Of all the options, Philip is the one who fits this scheme best,” a source told La Canfora.
“Indianapolis makes sense, too, because of (Frank) Reich, but I think Tampa is the best overall fit.”
Many believe that Arians could do for Rivers’ career what he did once upon a time for another aging veteran in Carson Palmer.
Is that a fair assumption at this stage in Rivers’ career? We’ll find out soon enough.