QB Philip Rivers Joins Colts on One-Year Deal

Philip Rivers with Chargers in 2017. Photo by Dave Shopland/BPI/REX/Shutterstock

Quarterback Philip Rivers has found a new home in free agency, signing a one-year deal with the Indianapolis Colts.

Rivers, a 16-year NFL veteran who had spent the entirety of his career with the Chargers franchise, will finally try his luck with a new NFL team after nearly two decades in Southern California.

The Alabama native was drafted by the Chargers with the fourth pick in the 2004 NFL Draft out of North Carolina State University. Few could have ever imagined the impact he would have on the franchise.

Rivers made 8 Pro Bowls during his tenure with the franchise, leading the team to six playoff appearances. He gave the team stability at the most important position on the field, and put up gaudy numbers in the process.

2019 was Rivers’ last season with the team, and he passed for 4,615 yards, 23 touchdowns, and 20 interceptions. His increased age and interception total led Los Angeles to look in another direction at the quarterback position heading into 2020.

So, Rivers hit the free agent market and decided on a deal with the Indianapolis Colts, who are still reeling from Andrew Luck’s shock retirement prior to the 2019 season.

Rivers, who will earn around $25 million in his one year with the Colts, is expected to be the team’s starting quarterback on Day 1.