Colts officially sign Philip Rivers to his one-year deal

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Indianapolis Colts have officially signed free agent quarterback Philip Rivers. He has received a one-year agreement.

Rivers will receive $25 million for the 2020 season. He is expected to be the team’s starting quarterback.

Former Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers warms up before a game against the Kansas City Chiefs
Philip Rivers warms up before a game against the Kansas City Chiefs (Photo by the Associated Press/Rebecca Blackwell)

Instead of receiving $25 million during the season, Rivers will receive $13 million in a base salary. He will also receive a $12 million signing bonus.

With this move, he is reunited with Frank Reich, who is the Colts head coach. Previously, Reich served as the San Diego Chargers quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator.

He is also familiar with Colts quarterbacks coach Nick Sirianni, who previously was his quarterbacks coach.

“Just kind of have had a lot of family time and just kind of enjoyed that and that wait and see – wait and see what happens,” Rivers said. “I was still excited about playing and hoping to get another opportunity to continue my career and certainly thankful that it’s going to be with the Colts.

“It just all worked out. I am just super thankful the way it worked out and excited to – again – be a part of it because we know, shoot this is the ultimate team game. And to be a part of this group and to try to help, like I said to get to the top of the mountain is an exciting new challenge for me.”

While Rivers is in tow, the team is expected to keep Jacoby Brissett. He was the team’s starter for the majority of the 2019 season after Andrew Luck’s sudden retirement.

This past season, Rivers appeared in 16 games, including 16 starts. He went 5-11 as a starter.

He went 390 of 591 for 4,615 yards. He also threw 23 touchdowns and 20 interceptions.

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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