RUMOR: Las Vegas Raiders could look into signing Philip Rivers
While Rapoport notes that the Indianapolis Colts are the most likely option for Rivers, he notes that the Raiders could be a possibility if they are really looking for a veteran under center.
Las Vegas already been rumored to be interested in Tom Brady, although Brady is certainly quite a bit different from Rivers.
If the Raiders do indeed consider Rivers, it would be a fairly odd fit, as one can make a legitimate argument that Derek Carr is actually a better quarterback than Rivers at this stage.
Rivers, who has spent his entire NFL career with the San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers, is coming off of a 2019 campaign in which he threw for 4,615 yards, 23 touchdowns and 20 interceptions while completing 66 percent of his passes and posting a passer rating of 88.5, ending a streak of three straight Pro Bowl appearances.
Given that Rivers is 38 years old and Las Vegas is essentially a rebuilding team, swapping out the 28-year-old Carr for the declining Rivers wouldn’t make a whole lot of sense.
If the Raiders do choose to move on from Carr, they would probably be better-served drafting a quarterback, although that could be a bit complicated considering Las Vegas doesn’t pick until 12th overall this spring.
The Raiders went 7-9 this past season and have made just one playoff appearance since last making it to the Super Bowl 17 years ago. They may very well want a fresh start moving from Oakland to Vegas, but Rivers is not the freshest start they can make.