Last spring, the Colts had to find a full-time replacement for Andrew Luck, the former No. 1 overall pick who retired in August 2018. Indianapolis signed Chargers legend Philip Rivers, who led the Colts to an AFC wild-card loss this season.
With Rivers now following Luck into retirement, Irsay and the Colts need to figure out who will be the new starting quarterback. During a recent press conference, Irsay elaborated on the signal-caller hunt and sent a clear message in the process.
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Philip Rivers just retired
In the end, Philip Rivers chose to be one-and-done with the Indianapolis Colts.
Despite playing most of the 2020 season at 38 years old, Rivers impressed and held off Father Time for another year. Rivers completed 68% of his passes for 4,169 yards, 24 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions in 16 starts.
The former No. 4. overall pick threw two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Colts’ 27-24 wild-card round loss to Josh Allen and the Bills on January 9.
Rivers formally announced his retirement less than two weeks later. After 17 NFL seasons, Rivers is expected to spend the fall of 2021 coaching St. Michael Catholic High School in Fairhope, Ala.
Jim Irsay addressed the Colts’ need for a quarterback
Philip Rivers’ departure means the Indianapolis Colts need to find a new starting quarterback.
Trust us when we say that Colts owner Jim Irsay is well aware of that fact ahead of free agency and the NFL draft. Irsay recently discussed the quarterback vacancy with reporters and didn’t shy away from the team’s offseason needs.
ProFootballTalk shared some of Irsay’s comments, including the idea of adding a younger quarterback instead of an experienced veteran.
“Ideally if you can get someone to come in this year who’s ready to go, it gives you your best opportunity. If we can get the great young guy, the one you can build around for 15 years, that’s ideal, but if not, there’s other ways to get it done.”
The 2021 NFL league year is tentatively expected to begin on Wednesday, March 17. Indianapolis cannot formally acquire a quarterback through a trade before that point.
Who will be behind center for Jim Irsay’s Colts next season?
Football fans should expect Jim Irsay and the Indianapolis Colts to be aggressive in finding a quarterback.
Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz and Lions veteran Matthew Stafford each have been reportedly linked to the Colts in recent weeks. Philadelphia recently hired Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni as their new head coach.
Colts backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett, who started most of the team’s games in 2017 and 2019, is set to hit free agency. Brissett is familiar with head coach Frank Reich’s system and will play most of the 2021 season at 28 years old.
The Colts could also choose to invest a first-round pick on a quarterback in April. Barring a trade up, the Colts likely won’t have their chance at the likes of Ohio State’s Justin Fields or BYU’s Zach Wilson.
The Colts used a fourth-round pick on former Washington quarterback Jacob Eason last year.