It’s the news NFL and Los Angeles Chargers fans were waiting to hear. The day has come that Philip Rivers will no longer be the quarterback of the Chargers as the two sides mutually part ways, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
End of an era: Los Angeles Chargers and QB Philip Rivers have mutually agreed that Rivers will enter free agency and not return to the team for the 2020 season.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 10, 2020
It has been rumored since the end of the season that Rivers was on his way out of Los Angeles. News came out that he was moving his family from San Diego to Florida back last month.
Rivers was originally drafted by the New York Giants in the 2004 NFL Draft before being traded to the Chargers for draft picks and Eli Manning. He went on to attend eight Pro Bowls and throwing for 59,271 yards in sixteen seasons. Not to mention he threw for 397 touchdowns in his career.
Last season did not go as well for Rivers and the Chargers as he threw 20 interceptions with a 5-11 record. Rivers was known for slinging the ball around more often into tight coverage that resulted in turnovers. It was one of his worst seasons as a starter.
Rivers’ Future in the NFL
It would be safe to say that Rivers will be sought after by some team looking for a veteran to groom a young quarterback. The obvious choices would be any of the teams coming out of Florida.
Tampa Bay would make for an interesting choice as Jameis Winston might not return to the team. Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians is known for bringing in older quarterbacks to lead his team. A perfect example is Carson Palmer in Arizona when Arians helped rebuild his career.
The Miami Dolphins currently have Ryan Fitzpatrick and Josh Rosen which could make it more unlikely to happen. Fitzpatrick has become a fan favorite in Miami and the Dolphins are expected to draft a quarterback in the first round of the draft. Jacksonville has two capable quarterbacks that they are willing to keep to battle it out for the job.
Other teams that could be interested includes the Indianapolis Colts and the Cincinnati Bengals. The Colts has Jacoby Brissett, but the team did not make the playoffs and may not believe in his abilities. Cincinnati will be moving on from Andy Dalton and will most likely draft Joe Burrow. Rivers could be insurance for them to give Burrow time to develop before jumping in the lineup.