Frank Reich: ‘Very optimistic’ Philip Rivers will stay with Colts beyond 2020

Oct 20, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) on the sideline during the second half against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

The Indianapolis Colts knew they needed to find an upgrade at quarterback this offseason to contend in 2020. Reuniting Philip Rivers with head coach Frank Reich proved to be the perfect pairing and the familiar duo might be planning to make this a long-term commitment.

During a video conference with reporters on Monday, Reich revealed that the team intends to keep Rivers beyond next season. While Rivers only signed a one-year, $25 million contract this offseason, Reich is confident the eight-time Pro Bowl quarterback will be staying in Indianapolis.

While Jacoby Brissett wasn’t happy when the Colts signed Rivers, it was a smart move for the organization. In an offseason that saw Indianapolis make several key additions, this team is poised to contend in the AFC in the 2020 season.

Rivers, 38, certainly showed signs of decline this past season with the Los Angeles Chargers. However, he is now just two years removed from posting a 32-12 TD-INT ratio with a 105.5 quarterback rating. He’ll be reuniting with Reich and will play behind a superior offensive line to the one he had in Los Angeles.

If Rivers intends to play beyond next season, that will likely put his post-career plans on hold. However, a few additional years learning from one of the NFL’s best coaching staffs could help Rivers ultimately become an even better high school coach.