Colts Interested In Philip Rivers

Rumored as a Colts fit for multiple reasons, Philip Rivers does appear to be on Indianapolis’ radar. The team has interest in the eight-time Pro Bowl quarterback, according to Ian Rapoport of (video link).

Rivers remains close to ex-Chargers offensive coordinator Frank Reich and former Bolts quarterbacks coach Nick Sirianni. Those two now serve as the Colts’ HC-OC tandem. Many around the league expect Rivers to end up with the Colts, Rapoport adds.

GM Chris Ballard said at the 2019 season’s conclusion Jacoby Brissett‘s future as the team’s starter is uncertain. Jim Irsay added that all options are on the table for the team, which lost franchise centerpiece Andrew Luck to a surprising retirement last August. The Colts signed Brissett to a two-year, $30MM extension. He is on Indianapolis’ books at $21MM and would cost the Colts $12.5MM in dead money to release him.

The Chargers announced they will not re-sign Rivers, who is coming off his worst season in at least seven years. The 38-year-old quarterback has said he wants to return for a 17th season, adding that he’s set a two-year window and would not make sense on a rebuilding team. While the Colts struggled last season, they voyaged to the AFC’s divisional round in 2018 with Luck.

Rivers sits sixth on the NFL’s all-time passing yards and touchdowns lists and finished seventh in QBR in 2018, when the Chargers went 12-4. For the most part, he played the past three seasons without a home-field advantage. The Colts also have a far superior offensive line compared to the Bolts, and it’s looking like free agent left tackle Anthony Castonzo is headed back to Indianapolis. The Colts could use help at wide receiver, but this situation would have some selling points for Rivers. Indianapolis’ $86MM-plus in cap space sits second in the league.

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    • vtncsc

      Dunno, Rivers is high up there on the type of stats like “interceptable throws”

      • sithdude

        I’m a die hard Chargers fan and I know the stat line on interceptions on Rivers, but if you actually watched the Chargers play the last few years Rivers has not been as bad as his interceptions suggest. He is a pocket passer who had no O line, tipped passes for interceptions, and horrible special team units making it basically always coming back from behind with a long field. Go ahead and knock him for the interceptions, I wish there was a way to take away the receivers tip it in the air pick offs, blown routes, and the Hail Mary throws. His yardage has been pretty legit not really any garbage time padding of the stats, look at the point spreads of the games even the last two seasons. Give him an O line and receivers who can hold onto the ball as well as a running game with a RB who can stay healthy unlike Gordon and Rivers will be a good addition to what the Colts look like they can offer.

      • dynamite drop in monty

        Well obviously. But he’s a stopgap that allows the team to still realistically compete for a high seed while drafting his replacement for grooming.

      • fedupnfldan

        You pretty much have Bridgewater on your roster now – Brissett. Bridgewater’s 5 game stretch is going to make him a lot of money and make a team look foolish for thinking he is a true franchise QB. Bridgewater is a game manager who played in and benefited from the Saints scheme. He was very average in Minnesota but has been hyped up for his whole career.

    • crazylarry

      “ dangerous” maybe if you got him a new arm, eyes, and a brain. He is DONE.

  1. mhdunbar99

    Rivers in Indy would be a great fit. In a healthy situation in which he doesn’t have to deal with the omnipresent negativity of working for the incompetent and disingenuous Spanos family….he could thrive!

    • dynamite drop in monty

      They say that every five years or so. They said that when Cunningham came onto the scene. And it never happens.

  2. imgman09

    Live in the now,look around the league also The New QBs coming into the League are also big and fast,this will stay for a while.Rivers had his day but he makes Brady look fast

  3. crosseyedlemon

    Old man River is 1-5 in dome stadiums with a 73.3 passer rating. Colts would be better off bringing back Peyton.

    • dynamite drop in monty

      Not sure what this cherry picked stat has to do w anything. Lucas Oil has a retractable roof.

  4. fungie22

    Better than what they have and draft someone to try to develop as draft is deep with QB’s

  5. Landis91

    Yea… let’s replace a good quarterback with lots of potential with a guy who is on the decline…

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