The Chargers on Monday verified what most currently presumed was true about Philip Rivers’ status in 2020: The 38- year-old quarterback will get in free agency for the first time in what will be his 17 th NFL season.
This is an intriguing circumstance for the guy who ends his Chargers period as the franchise’s all-time leading passer. The free-agency market for a quarterback of Rivers’ age is restricted, particularly given that his last season in LA was the second- worst of his profession in regards to typical QBR (489). Still, Rivers is simply a couple seasons eliminated from his 8th profession Pro Bowl nod. He can still play, and reports suggest he wants to press off retirement if a Super Bowl competitor wants to sign him.
So we have a great concept of the type of team with which Rivers will wish tosign Who will desire to sign Rivers?
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SN’s Vinnie Iyer ranks Rivers No. 12 in his list of the top 50 soon- to-be free representatives. Just 3 quarterbacks– Dak Prescott (most likely to remain in Dallas), Drew Brees (specific to remain in New Orleans) and Tom Brady– are ranked greater. That indicates Rivers is right there with Brady as the top options for teams that may feel they’re a veteran quarterback far from a Super Bowl run.
Which is why the 5 teams noted atop SportsLine’s odds to land Rivers are all teams that would take advantage of a boosted death game.
Nevertheless, we can poke some holes in the concept of Rivers landing in Tampa Bay, Indianapolis, Carolina, Las Vegas or Miami.
Below we broaden on whether those teams make good sense for the veteran quarterback.
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+150)
The Rivers- Bruce Arians pairing is appealing, and according to ESPN, “The Bucs’ interest in (Rivers) is legitimate.” The reality that Rivers and his family just recently relocated to Florida certainly is a plus, though reports suggest that moving had absolutely nothing to do with Rivers’ football profession.
Tampa Bay hasn’t showed whether it will carry on from Jameis Winston, who in his 5th season led the NFL in death yards however likewise led the league with his 30 interceptions. At this moment in Rivers’ profession, it’s reasonable to question whether he would be a genuine upgrade over Winston; Rivers, like Winston, tossed just 3 more goal passes (23) than interceptions (20) in 2019.
Rivers likely would be more affordable and might be signed to a shorter-term offer. That might be enough to get him to Tampa.
Indianapolis Colts (+200)
If the Colts had the ability to discover a trade partner, they might deal quarterback Jacoby Brissett and be entrusted to a dead cap charge of $5.5 million in 2020 while likewise releasing $15875 million in capspace They ought to highly think about looking for that trade partner.
When Indianapolis extended Brissett’s agreement in September, it did so on the heels of Andrew Luck’s stunning retirement. Now general manager Chris Ballard and Co. are no longer operating in scramble mode, and an introduction of their existing circumstance may lead them to think Rivers provides a much better opportunity to compete in 2020 than Brissett does.
“I thought Andrew Luck was gonna be our quarterback starting Week 1 this (last) season, so I won’t make that prediction,” Ballard stated last month throughout a radio interview when asked whether the Colts’ QB is currently on the lineup.
Keep in mind Colts coach Frank Reich was the Chargers’ quarterback coach in 2013 (among Rivers’ finest seasons) and their offending organizer in 2014 and ’15 They might reunite in Indy for Rivers’ last run at a title.
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Carolina Panthers (+500)
This may be thought about perfect for Rivers, who played his college football at neighboring N.C. State. It would make little to no sense for the Panthers.
According to Spotrac, Rivers’ market worth is a little more than $24 million per season. The Panthers are arranged to pay Webcam Newton simply north of $21 million in 2020, the in 2015 of his existing agreement, and the team is in the procedure of choosing whether to carry on from the 30- year-old quarterback this year, instead of next, provided the very little cap implications.
If Carolina desires a veteran quarterback for a season in which it’s not likely to compete, why would not it simply keep a franchise icon for another season prior to turning the page to Newton’s true replacement?
Las Vegas Raiders (+700)
Rivers beat the competitor Raiders more than any other opponent throughout his profession with the Chargers (he’s 18-10 versus Oakland), so leading them to a playoff push is the least he might provide for what remains of the fan base as the team transfers to Vegas. Plus, the Raiders apparently are thinking about carrying on from Derek Carr in 2020.
However while Jon Gruden can definitely value the “grinder” that is Rivers, there will be issues about the veteran’s capability to press the ball down the field regularly at this moment in his profession. Someone like Jameis Winston may make more sense for Vegas prior to it carries on to a more youthful passer, possibly as early as this year’s draft.
Miami Dolphins (+900)
The Dolphins, equipped with lots of cap space and premium draft choices, are in position for a fast climb if they utilize stated cap space carefully and strike on stated draft choices. They might be competitors in the AFC East earlier instead of later on.
However can they end up being competitors rapidly enough to offer themselves to Rivers in free agency? And, from Miami’s point of view: The team currently has a great bridge quarterback in Ryan Fitzpatrick, who is due simply $8 million in2020 Why pay triple that quantity for Rivers?