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RUMOR: Las Vegas Raiders could look into signing Philip Rivers

Philip Rivers, Raiders

The Las Vegas Raiders could look into signing quarterback Philip Rivers in free agency, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

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.