Sport Melvin Gordon thinks Philip Rivers will go to the Colts, and it makes perfect sense
Report: Colts most likely landing spot for Rivers
With Philip Rivers set to hit free agency for the first time, the Indianapolis Colts appear to be his most likely destination, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports. Rapoport said many of the team personnel he's spoken with this week at the NFL combine believe Rivers will ultimately sign with the Colts. Additionally, the Las Vegas Raiders shouldn't be ruled out as a potential landing spot for the veteran passer, Rapoport added. The Raiders are also reportedly interest in signing Tom Brady.The 38-year-old Rivers threw 20 interceptions last season - tied for the second-highest mark of his career - and his 23 touchdown passes were the fewest he's tossed since 2007.
Melvin Gordon is practically acting as Philip Rivers' agent. During an interview with CBS on Monday, Gordon was asked what he thinks about Rivers' free agency prospects. And the running back, who is also a pending free agent, offered his opinion on the best fit for Rivers.
"I think he'll go to the Colts. I don't know, that's just my thought," Gordon said on CBS Sports, via ESPN's Adam Schefter. "He has Nick (Sirianni) there, the (OC), he came from here. They run the same playbook, so it'd be easy, he could come right in. … That's probably the best fit."
It is, indeed. There are a few free-agent quarterbacks who are more talented than Rivers. But there probably isn't a quarterback who suits the Colts as well as the soon-to-be former Chargers quarterback. L.A. and Rivers decided to mutually part ways earlier this offseason.
Chargers announce end of Philip Rivers era, say he'll enter free agency
Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers will be moving on. The team and player took the rare step of announcing on the team’s website that Rivers will be entering free agency via a joint statement. "As we talked through various scenarios, it became apparent that it would be best for Philip and the Chargers to turn the page on what has truly been a remarkable run,” Chargers GM Tom Telesco said in a statement. It’s a massive shift for the Chargers, and for Rivers too.Philip Rivers made eight Pro Bowls with ChargersPhilip Rivers came to Chargers in 2004, and became the team’s starting quarterback in 2006. He took over for a guy named Drew Brees.
Melvin Gordon toon Philip Rivers: "I think he'll go to the Colts. I don't know, that's just my thought. He has Nick (Sirianni) there, the (OC), he came from here. They run the same playbook, so it'd be easy, he could come right in….That's probably the best fit."
- Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter)
Tom Brady is a great option, in theory. But he has played in one system for his entire NFL career, and would likely require his next offensive coordinator run that system. The Chargers would have to adapt to Brady, which is probably worthwhile but definitely more complicated for a short-term solution at quarterback.
Drew Brees seems out of the question - he'll probably retire or return to the New Orleans Saints.
Teddy Bridgewater is probably the next-best option, but there should be some uncertainty about how much the Saints offense boosted his production in 2019. That statistical spike is likely to give him significant contract leverage, and perhaps the Colts won't want to take such a huge risk on him, especially when Jacoby Brissett, also 27-years-old, is on the roster with solid potential.
Report: Chargers expected to ‘make a push’ for Tom Brady
Could the TB12 Method come to Los Angeles?Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, summing up a huge day for the Chargers, reported live on air that the Bolts are expected to be among the teams that will “make a push” to sign Tom Brady this spring.
It comes back to Rivers, who seems like a nice stop-gap option for Indianapolis, if it is unsatisfied with Brissett. Rivers could play for a year or two, hopefully at a high level. The transition should be seamless, and he'll get a chance to show what he can do after graduating from the often-maligned Chargers organization.
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