Borderline future Hall of Fame quarterback Philip Rivers might be coaching high school football. He might have retired following the 2020 campaign, his only season with the Indianapolis Colts.
In no way does this mean that the 39-year-old eight-time Pro Bowler is ready to hang up those cleats for good. In talking with Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times, Rivers indicated that while he has not heard from the New Orleans Saints, he’d be open to listening about a potential marriage.
Remember, current Saints starting quarterback Jameis Winston went down with a torn ACL in Sunday’s win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was replaced under center by veteran journeyman Trevor Siemian. Meanwhile, New Orleans only has Taysom Hill and rookie mid-round pick Ian Book on the roster behind Siemian.
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Philip Rivers would be an upgrade for the New Orleans Saints
An argument can even be made that Rivers is an upgrade over the improved version of Jameis Winston we saw ahead of his devastating injury.
Last year with Indianapolis, the former top-five pick completed 68% of his passes for 4,169 yards with 24 touchdowns against 11 interceptions. That came after he threw for nearly 60,000 yards with 397 touchdowns in 16 seasons with the Chargers.
This would seem to be a match made in heaven for Sean Payton and the Saints given how well he worked with another veteran in that of Drew Brees from 2006-20.
Interestingly enough, Brees departed the Chargers following the 2005 season when the organization made it clear that they were going to go with Philip Rivers as their starting quarterback. Talk about coming full circle.