Now that Philip Rivers has left the Los Angeles Chargers, he's officially a free agent for the first time in his 16-year career. Despite the dip in his production, it's clear that he can still be a starter for a number of NFL teams. One franchise that presents as "an interesting option" for him won't even require him to move too far.
According to NFL insider Ian Rapoport, the Las Vegas Raiders "loom as an interesting option." Rapoport noted that the Raiders are expected to make a run at a veteran QB, and have reportedly made overtures to Tom Brady.
However, Rapoport also made it clear that the Colts are the team that "make the most sense" for Rivers. We outlined some of the reasons that move makes sense last week.
Though it's debatable whether Rivers would truly be an upgrade over incumbent starter Derek Carr, his veteran status should ingratiate him with Raiders head coach Jon Gruden.
Rivers was the No. 4 overall pick by the New York Giants in 2004, but was traded to the Chargers on draft day. After sitting behind Drew Brees for two years, Rivers became the starter in 2006 and never missed a game.
In 14 years as a starter, Rivers led the Chargers to six playoff appearances. He made eight Pro Bowls and led the league in every major passing category at least once.
At 38 years of age, Rivers doesn't have too much left in the tank. But he wants to play at least a few more seasons before hanging up his cleats.
Where will Philip Rivers play in 2020?