A change of scenery seems to be what Philip Rivers needed after the Chargers moved on from the veteran quarterback. The Indianapolis Colts decided to bring Rivers in for at least one year. A deal was agreed upon for one year and $25 million between the two sides according to Adam Schefter.
Former Chargers' QB Philip Rivers and the Colts reached agreement on a 1-year deal, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 17, 2020
Rivers was the face of the San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers for 16 seasons. He was drafted in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft being apart of the Giants-Chargers trade including Eli Manning. Rivers went on to throw on 59,271 yards and 397 touchdowns. He was selected to eight Pro Bowls during his time with the Chargers.
Breaking down the Colts and Rivers
The Colts were in search of a new quarterback after a subpar performance by Jacoby Brissett last season. Andrew Luck’s retirement had the team looking for their franchise quarterback. Rivers provides the team with a short term solution.
Colts head coach Frank Reich gets his old quarterback back after the two worked with each other with the Chargers. A familiarity in the offense should make the transition for Rivers easier. Reich can use him the same way Buccaneers can expect with Tom Brady and Bruce Arians.
With Rivers at quarterback, now the team must start thinking about the future. Their first round pick was traded away for DeForest Buckner in a trade with the 49ers Monday. The team does have two second round picks that could potentially find them a quarterback to work behind Rivers. They also have the option to keep Brissett and give him one more season to backup. Regardless, Rivers has one year to prove his worth in the NFL as a starting quarterback.