Los Angeles Chargers have already ‘moved on’ from Philip Rivers
It appears that the Los Angeles Chargers will be moving on from longtime quarterback Philip Rivers in 2020. After 17 seasons with the franchise, the team will reportedly move in a new direction as far as the quarterback position is concerned, per FOX’s Jay Glazer.
The writing was on the wall for Rivers’ departure and it became even more clear when the 38-year-old announced that he was moving from his longtime home in San Diego to Florida.
Rivers has spent all 16 seasons of his career with the Chargers franchise and has totaled 59,000 yards and 397 touchdowns during his career.
Despite his overall success as a member of the Chargers, the veteran quarterback took a step back statistically in 2019. This season, Rivers completed 66 percent of his passes for 4,615 yards, 23 touchdowns, and 20 interceptions — the second-highest mark of his career.
Partly due to his down year, Los Angeles went just 5-11 in 2019, one season after going 12-4, which was the highest win total for the franchise since 2009.
Set to become a free agent this offseason, the veteran quarterback should generate a great amount of interest from many different teams. His move to Florida has sprouted rumors of Rivers joining the Jacksonville Jaguars or Tampa Bay Buccaneers, while other teams such as the New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, and Carolina Panthers have been linked with the 10-time Pro Bowler.
As for the Chargers, the team possesses the sixth overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. While backup Tyrod Taylor has proven to be a decent option in his career, the likeliness of Los Angeles pulling the trigger on a prospect like Oregon’s Justin Herbert or Alabama’s Tua Tagavailoa seems greater after the decision to move on from Rivers.