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4 Veteran QBs the Colts Can Sign to Replace Philip Rivers

Max Staley
Philip Rivers announced his retirement from the NFL.
Philip Rivers announced his retirement from the NFL. / Justin Casterline/Getty Images

After 17 seasons at the NFL level, No. 17 is ready to call it a career. Philip Rivers announced his retirement from the NFL today, hanging up his cleats with the fifth-most passing yards in NFL history (63,440), the fifth-most passing touchdowns (421) and the 12th-best passer rating ever (95.2).

Though he was only a member of the Indianapolis Colts for one season, his absence leaves a huge hole on the roster. The Colts don't even have Jacoby Brissett under contract for next season, which all but guarantees that GM Chris Ballard will be looking for outside help at QB.

If Indianapolis for a new QB in free agency, as it did with Rivers last year, here are the four free-agent QBs the Colts are most likely to target.

4. Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago Bears

Mitchell Trubisky could be a solid flyer for the Colts.
Mitchell Trubisky could be a solid flyer for the Colts. / Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Colts fans wouldn't exactly throw a parade if the team signed Mitchell Trubisky. But that doesn't mean he wouldn't be a solid gamble for the organization. Trubisky has famously never had much to work with in Chicago outside of Allen Robinson. He was playing behind a bottom-eight pass-blocking offensive line last season, so upgrading to a top-eight unit in that regard, per ProFootballFocus, could be huge for his development. And he still has all the tools that made him a top-three pick in 2017. With the third-most available cap space in 2021, per Spotrac, Indianapolis could take a low-cost flyer on Trubisky and spend big on his supporting cast to make life as easy as possible for the signal-caller. And getting coached up by Frank Reich would be huge for any young passer.

3. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Miami Dolphins

Ryan Fitzpatrick could be a solid stopgap option for the Colts.
Ryan Fitzpatrick could be a solid stopgap option for the Colts. / Harry How/Getty Images

It's weird to call someone as exciting as Ryan Fitzpatrick an anti-climactic signing, but that's what this would be. Indianapolis has a Super Bowl-caliber roster, and Fitzmagic just isn't a Super Bowl-caliber QB. Under Fitzpatrick, the 2021 Colts would look a lot like they did with Rivers this year, just a bit more volatile (and frankly, worse). But he would be a decent stopgap option that could allow the Colts to develop a young prospect. He's a famously great mentor to young QBs, and Indianapolis wouldn't need to break the bank to land him.

2. Jameis Winston, New Orleans Saints

Jameis Winston could be a great addition to the Colts' roster.
Jameis Winston could be a great addition to the Colts' roster. / Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

Jameis Winston would be attractive to the Colts for the same reason that Trubisky might be. He's got all the talent in the world, he just hasn't been able to put it all together. Few organizations would offer him a better opportunity to do that than Indianapolis. He'd join an elite offensive line with one of the best offensive minds in the NFL calling the shots. Indianapolis has a talented, young skill-position group, headlined by Jonathan Taylor and Michael Pittman Jr. Plus, Ballard has more than enough cap space to make that unit truly dangerous in a hurry, with the potential to add a stud like Allen Robinson. Signing Winston makes that even easier, as he should be a cost-effective option for a QB. This feels like a win-win for both parties.

1. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys

Dak Prescott could be a great fit with the Indianapolis Colts.
Dak Prescott could be a great fit with the Indianapolis Colts. / Tom Pennington/Getty Images

This is probably not going to happen. A truly insane amount of things would have to go wrong for this to happen. But this is the Dallas Cowboys we're talking about, so it's not exactly impossible. And if Dallas does somehow let Prescott hit the open market, it's hard to imagine a team making a more convincing pitch than Indianapolis. For one, Indianapolis looks like the only ready-made contender that has enough cap space to sign Dak and a real need at QB. In Indianapolis, Dak would get a talented-enough offense with a great head coach (something he's never had) and a Super Bowl-caliber defense (another thing he's never had). If Dak actually hits free agency, expect him to look long and hard at the Colts.

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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.