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Buccaneers’ interest in Philip Rivers is ‘legitimate’

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With the quarterback situation in Tampa far from certain, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have reportedly shown legitimate interest in free-agent quarterback Philip Rivers, per Jenna Laine of ESPN.

Rivers, the longtime starting quarterback of the Los Angeles Chargers, has mutually agreed to leave his previous team and become a free agent. Not only that, but Rivers and his family also moved to from San Diego to Florida last month.

Philip Rivers is an eight-time Pro Bowler but, at 38 years old, is certainly nearing the end of his career. Last season, the veteran QB completed 66.0 percent of his passes for 4,615 yards and 23 touchdowns and 20 interceptions while the Chargers went 5-11.

As for the Buccaneers, the franchise has a big decision to make in terms of the future of incumbent starter Jameis Winston who could be in line for a pretty lucrative contract.

Winston was a bit of an enigma this past season. The former No. 1 overall pick became just the eighth quarterback in NFL history to throw for over 5,000 yards in a season and Winston threw a career-high 33 touchdowns to go with it.

However, the former Heisman winner also threw a preposterous 30 interceptions  (nine more than any other quarterback) while also fumbling the ball an additional 12 times.

Winston ranked 15th in the NFL in QBR (57.1) and was sacked 47 times. Still, the fifth-year pro did lead Tampa Bay a 7-9 record which was their best finish since 2016.

Part of Winston’s gaudy numbers come from the talent that the Buccaneers have at wide receiver with the duo of Mike Evans and Chris Godwin combining for an impressive 2,490 yards and 17 touchdowns.