It appears that the partnership between veteran quarterback Philip Rivers and Indianapolis Colts might extend beyond the 2020 NFL season. At least that’s what the team’s head coach Frank Reich believes.
Rivers swapped Los Angeles Chargers for Colts this offseason, inking a one-year, $25-million deal. Despite the short-term deal, however, Reich thinks the 38-year-old signal-caller will sticking with the organization for “multiple years.”
“The spirit of [negotiations] was, we’re in this together and as long as Philip wants to play, wants to be here,” Reich told reporters in a conference call on Monday. “It’s the NFL — we know he has to prove it. We have to prove it as a team to keep him wanting to play. I can just tell you from the previous relationship [with the Chargers], I really believe it’s Philip’s intent to play multiple years. I personally believe he’s more than capable of multiple years.”
Rivers had a disappointing year in 2019 in which he threw 20 interceptions and led the Chargers to 5-11 record. Following the end of the season, Chargers decided not to renew his contract and instead drafted Oregon’s Justin Herbert to be their QB of the future.
The Colts, on the other hand, believe that the past season was an outlier and that Rivers can still compete on a high level for a team that is constructed to win now. They also perceive him as a good fit for their system, considering that Rivers and Reich previously worked together between 2013 and 2015 in LA.
It remains unclear whether Philip Rivers has the same plans as Colts. Rivers admitted that he already considered retirement after the past season and has already accepted a head coaching position at St. Michael Catholic High School when he leaves NFL.
Whether Rivers remains in NFL past 2020 will most likely depend on the team’s success this season. If he plays good and Colts make a deep playoff run, its likely that he will be back. If not, you can expect his retirement announcement.