By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Los Angeles Chargers have moved on from quarterback Philip Rivers. He is a free agent in March.
Rivers has spent his entire career with the Chargers franchise. However, for the first-time in the 2020 season, he will play for a new team.
The long-time mainstay for the franchise recently permanently relocated his family from San Diego, California to somewhere in Florida.
The Chargers will have to make a decision on the other veteran quarterback on their roster, as well. Tyrod Taylor – who signed a two-year, $11 million deal with the franchise before the 2019 season – can be released. He has a potential out in his deal that would mean the deal would turn into a one-year, $6 million deal.
If the franchise elects to do this, they would be responsible for $2.5 million tied to Taylor’s release.
One potential solution would be for Rivers to take over the reins of the position for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
It would be shocking if Jameis Winston returns to the franchise in free agency. He has had a problem with interceptions – and not even Bruce Arians was able to fix it.
In his lone season with Arians, he had 30 touchdowns and 30 interceptions. Winston became the first player in NFL history to have 30 touchdowns and 30 interceptions in a season.
The No. 4 overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft would be a stop-gap quarterback for Arians until a potentially long-term answer can be found. Arians worked wonders with Carson Palmer, who was a bust with the Oakland Raiders, then turned him into an elite quarterback.
Rivers is already an elite quality, who may have a few years left in the tank before its time for retirement. This past season, Drew Brees – the free agent quarterback for the New Orleans Saints – played at an elite level at 41.
Tom Brady – the free agent quarterback for the New England Patriots – was elite in some people’s mind. However, the 42-year-old’s play definitely regressed this season at times.
In his career, he has appeared in 228 games, including 224 starts. He has a 123-101 record as a starter.
Rivers has gone 4,908 of 7,591 for 59,271 yards. He also threw 397 touchdown passes and 198 interceptions.
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