It’s official, the Los Angeles Chargers have parted ways with 16 year NFL veteran Philip Rivers. Now that he’s a free agent for the first time in his career, where should he go?
Rivers owns more than 30 franchise records and is No. 6 on the NFL’s all-time touchdowns list with 397, fourth all-time in 300-plus passing yard performances with 70, Rivers played all of his 16 seasons with the Chargers.
This was the first time in 12 years he threw for under 25 touchdowns in a season. Philip Rivers’s best fit for his future over the next few years will be in Tampa as the starting quarterback for the Buccaneers, it also points that way as he recently bought a house in Florida last month.
The starting quarterback situation in Tampa is still in limbo. Jameis’ off the field antics and previous history have not helped his case with the exception of this year really where the focus was actually on football itself, not him. James brings baggage whereas Rivers brings 9 kids.
Now Rivers did throw slightly decent numbers with over 4,600 yards, 23 touchdowns and 20 interceptions mirroring Tampa’s starting quarterbacks touchdown to interception ratio. Jameis Winston threw for 5,000 yards and 33 touchdowns, he also threw for an insane amount of interceptions, 30 of them.
Rivers’ swan song will be in Tampa as they have a tremendous receiving core as he’s really lacked that through his career. Tampa’s receiving core consists of Mike Evans and Chris Godwin who combined for an explosive and impressive 2,490 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Bruce Arians gave Carson Palmer a shot to resurrect his career and I see him doing the same thing with Philip. He’s always had favorable words for the future Hall of Famer, yes I said that, and Rivers out of the big 3 of his draft class (Rothlisberger, Manning) is the only one remaining who hasn’t appeared or won a SuperBowl.
Look for Philip to have a comeback season and taking these Buccaneers to the playoffs and even further if they sign Le’Veon Bell as running back as I see this happening. Bell’s future signing will help relieve pressure off of Rivers where he doesn’t feel the pressure as much.