One of the most underrated NFL quarterbacks over the past decade is Philip Rivers of the Los Angeles Chargers. Rivers is getting older now, and it seems like his career is coming to a crossroads. The question on everyone’s mind this offseason: Will he get one more shot at a Super Bowl with a somewhat unexpected team, the Indianapolis Colts?
Philip Rivers’ NFL career
The New York Giants drafted Rivers with the fourth overall pick of the 2004 NFL Draft. The QB wasn’t a Giant for long, however. He was part of a pre-arranged trade to send Eli Manning to New York while the Chargers got Rivers’ draft rights. Though San Diego had incumbent quarterback Drew Brees under center at the time, he had shoulder issues.
It wouldn’t be long before the Chargers inserted Rivers as their franchise quarterback. He’s been with the team ever since. Here’s what Rivers has achieved during his illustrious career:
- Win-loss record of 123-101
- Completed 64.7% of his passes
- 59,271 passing yards
- 7.8 yards per passing attempt
- 397 touchdowns
- 198 interceptions
- Eight-time Pro Bowl selection
- 2013 AP Comeback Player of the Year
While Rivers never got the Chargers to a Super Bowl, he did lead them to the playoffs six times. He had a 5-6 record in the postseason with 14 touchdown passes and 2,656 passing yards.
Rivers and the Chargers part ways
According to Fox Sports, the Chargers have decided to move on from Rivers. After 16 seasons with the team, the free agent looks like he’ll play somewhere else next year. It wasn’t shocking, but it still comes as a surprise to some Chargers’ fans.
Rivers has been the team’s quarterback for so long and with his inclination to keep playing, it seemed like a reconciliation was possible. If the rumors are true, however, the Chargers are moving in a different direction. Last season, their backup was Tyrod Taylor, a capable quarterback who’s started for several other teams.
Will Philip Rivers get one more shot with the Colts?
The question now is where Rivers will go in free agency. A few teams may make sense. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers could look to move on from Jameis Winston. If they do, they’ll be in the market for a quarterback. With Mitchell Trubisky struggling to make an impact in Chicago, the Bears could add Rivers, too.
But if a report from Dan Patrick on his radio show is any indication, Rivers may don blue and white next season. Patrick reported that a source told him Rivers is headed to Indianapolis to join the Colts. It would be a good move for both parties.
Rivers may not be able to sling it like he used to, but he’s still better than the average quarterback. He’s also a veteran with plenty of experience playing at a high level. Meanwhile, the Colts are less than a year removed from Andrew Luck’s retirement. Having a proven quarterback could help bridge the gap from Luck to the next franchise QB.
The Colts and Rivers seem like a match made in heaven. Rivers may not have a lot left, but he’s surely got enough to keep a talented Indianapolis team in contention for the AFC South Division title.
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