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Philip Rivers clarifies why he signed with Indianapolis

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Philip Rivers signed with the Indianapolis Colts earlier this week, a decision that many expected as soon as he and the Los Angeles Chargers parted ways earlier this offseason.

Rivers will be joining a Colts club that has some solid weapons. There is running back Marlon Mack, wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, tight end Jack Doyle and more.

As for what was Rivers’ primary reason for linking up with Indianapolis? Well, he cited quite a few:

“Well, shoot, a lot of reasons,” said the new Colts gunslinger, according to Zak Keefer of The Athletic. “Heck of a football team. … Have respected this organization for a lot of years.”

Rivers also specifically mentioned general manager Chris Ballard and head coach Frank Reich.

It’s questionable how much Rivers has left in the tank. He is now 38 years old, and he is coming off of a 2019 campaign in which he threw 23 touchdowns and 20 interceptions.

The Chargers entered this past year with Super Bowl aspirations, but due much in part to Rivers’ struggles, Los Angeles went just 5-11 and missed the playoffs entirely.

Of course, Rivers can always bounce back, and perhaps the Colts will offer him a better opportunity, but it’s not like he is getting any younger.

Still, Indianapolis felt this was the right move to make.

It’s clear that Indy did not have much confidence in Jacoby Brissett moving forward, and Rivers seemed to be the best and most realistic target available (Tom Brady never seemed like an option).

The Colts went just 7-9 in 2019, but with Rivers now under center, they have bigger expectations for 2020.