A frontrunner appears to have emerged for Philip Rivers’ free agency decision.
The longtime Chargers quarterback will play for a new NFL team in 2020. The Los Angeles franchise announced earlier this offseason that Rivers, a free agent, would not return next season.
Rivers, who had played for the Chargers since 2004, has been linked to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The former N.C. State quarterback moved his family from California to Florida earlier this year.
The Bucs don’t appear to be the frontrunner, though. The Indianapolis Colts seem to be team No. 1 for Rivers.
“That does seem like the most likely option,” NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport said Wednesday. “And from other opponents, from people I’ve spoken to here, there are many many people who think Philip Rivers is going to ultimately end up as a member of the Colts.
“I would also not rule out the Raiders, if they are looking for a veteran quarterback,” Rapoport added. “Tom Brady has been floated by some. I would expect them to take a look at Rivers as well.”
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 26, 2020
The Colts have legitimate interest in Rivers, according to multiple reports.
Indianapolis does not seem to be sold on Jacoby Brissett, who went 7-8 as the team’s starter last year.
Rivers’ former teammate, Melvin Gordon, has predicted that’s where Rivers will end up.
“I think he’ll go to the Colts,” Gordon said in an interview with CBS Sports. “I don’t know, that’s just my thought.”