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Buccaneers rumors: Philip Rivers could land with Tampa Bay

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Los Angeles Chargers veteran quarterback Philip Rivers could be tied to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the 38-year-old free agent enters a new phase in his sixteen-year career.

According to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora, the eight-time Pro-Bowl signal-caller and the Buccaneers have “buzz” while Rivers and the Chargers will likely part ways during the 2020 offseason.

Rivers was selected with the fourth overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft by the New York Giants and immediately traded to the then-San Diego Chargers where he has spent his entire career—six postseason appearances, eight Pro Bowl selections, and 2013 Comeback Player of the Year award from both AP and the PFWA. Rivers has been the league’s passing yards, touchdowns, and passer rating leader at various points in his professional tenure.

The NC State product signed a four-year extension with the Chargers prior to the start of the 2015 season, which would take him under contract through 2019. At 38 years old, it’s unclear if Rivers wants to continue playing in the NFL; however, he did move from San Diego to Florida this week to supposedly be closer to his family, further signaling ties to the Bucs.

For the Buccaneers, fifth-year quarterback Jameis Winston had a season for the ages, both good and bad. The former first-overall pick out of Florida State led the league in both passing yards and interceptions en route to missing the postseason again. Winston threw for over 5,000 yards and was also picked off on 30 different occasions by opposing defenses.

There is wide speculation that in spite of Winston’s ceiling (the league’s top passer by yards), the Bucs will pass on re-signing the ex–Heisman Trophy winner. In that case, signing veteran Philip Rivers would work for both sides.