Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Chargers haven’t firmly decided what they will do with QB Philip Rivers, who will be a free agent for the first time this offseason. However, Rapoport says the franchise tag remains an option for Los Angeles in regards to Rivers.
Should Rivers become a free agent, Rapoport mentions that the Colts are worth watching as a potential landing spot. Rivers has ties to Colts HC Frank Reich from their time together with the Chargers.
Both Rapoport and Mike Garafolo have heard that retirement is a possibility for Rivers, depending on the kind of market that develops for his services.
Rivers has said he wants to play in 2020 even if it’s with a new team. The Chargers have been doing work on quarterback prospects for a few straight years now and are in a position to use the No. 6 pick in the draft on their quarterback of the future.
There has also been some speculation that Patriots QB Tom Brady would be interested in playing for the Chargers if he leaves New England in free agency.
As for Rivers’ future, there’s been some speculation he could end up with the Buccaneers. Rivers permanently moved his family from San Diego to Florida this year.
Rivers, 38, is a former first-round pick of the Giants back in 2004. He was later traded to the Chargers in return for Eli Manning.
Rivers just finished the final year of his five-year, $99 million contract that includes $65 million guaranteed and stands to make a base salary of $11 million for the 2019 season. He will be an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his NFL career.
In 2019, Rivers appeared in all 16 games for the Chargers and completed 66 percent of his passes for 4,615 yards, 23 touchdowns and 20 interceptions.
We have him included in our Top 100 – 2020 Free Agents list.