AFC Notes: Colts, Steelers, Texans


Colts HC Frank Reich told reporters that he wants QB Philip Rivers to be back as their starter next year, but he admitted that they haven’t discussed it internally yet. 

“As I sit here right now, yes, I want Philip Rivers to be my starting quarterback next year,” Reich said. “… I think Philip still has a lot of good football (left).”

“Yes, that could change. It’s the NFL,” Reich added. “This isn’t a one-man show. We have to do what’s best for the team, and as an organization as we sit down and talk about Philip, what other options are out there, that will all get discussed. But I think what I’m really proud of for Philip, he earned the right to be in that discussion.”

  • Reich mentioned that LT Anthony Castonzo hasn’t talked to him about his future, but Castonzo intended to play in 2021 and hasn’t indicated that anything has changed. (Stephen Holder)
  • Per the Athletic’s Stephen Holder, Colts S Khari Willis said he played through a rib injury in addition to his concussion and shoulder issues this year: “I had some broken ribs or whatever, but my body feels fine.” 
  • Colts TE Mo Alie-Cox revealed he played through a chondral defect in his knee this season. (Kevin Bowen)
  • Colts LB Anthony Walker was hesitant about his future in Indianapolis, as his contract is expiring and his snap count fell down the stretch: “It’s a tough business we’re in. Definitely made some great relationships here in Indy. Don’t know what the future holds, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.” (Joel Erickson)


  • CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora says the Lions are still exploring the possibility of luring Steelers GM Kevin Colbert despite it being a longshot he leaves Pittsburgh. 


  • Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio said in conversations with general managers the loose asking price for Texans QB Deshaun Watson would probably be three first-round picks. 
  • According to Josina Anderson, Watson remains on vacation and has not spoken with the team about anything, including a potential trade. 
  • A source with knowledge of the situation tells Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk that Watson will deal with the situation in Houston once he returns from vacation.
  • As of now, Florio reports that Watson’s representation has had no talks with the Texans about the future and there haven’t been any discussions about where Watson would or could be traded.
  • Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer reports the Korn Ferry search firm was strong on the idea of Steelers VP of football administration Omar Khan and Colts DC Matt Eberflus becoming the next GM/HC of the Texans. 

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