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Most Likely Destinations for Philip Rivers in Free Agency After Revealing Week 17 Post-Game Quote

Max Staley
Philip Rivers threw 23 touchdowns and 20 interceptions this season.
Philip Rivers threw 23 touchdowns and 20 interceptions this season. / Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images
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Philip Rivers just wrapped up what was arguably the worst statistical season of his 16-year NFL career. He tossed only 23 touchdowns this season, the fewest he's thrown since 2006, and his 20 interceptions are tied for the second-worst mark of his 14 seasons a a starter.

Rivers' post-game comments after the Chargers' Week 17 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs suggest his days in Los Angeles could be numbered.

If Rivers and the Chargers do ultimately decide to part ways, here are three of the most likely destinations for the eight-time Pro Bowl player in free agency.

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jameis Winston threw 33 TDs and 30 INTs in 2019.
Jameis Winston threw 33 TDs and 30 INTs in 2019. / Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Jameis Winston has been a rollercoaster this season. There are plenty of highs (33 touchdowns, 5,109 passing yards), but those have been offset by his 30 interceptions and five fumbles lost. Much like the situation in Carolina, signing Rivers would make sense regardless of whether or not the Buccaneers bring back Winston next season. Additionally, you have to think playing with Chris Godwin, Mike Evans and O.J. Howard would be appealing to Rivers. Whether it's as a backup to Winston or a stopgap starter, signing Rivers could be a solid gamble for Tampa Bay.

2. Carolina Panthers

Cam Newton missed Carolina's last 14 games this season.
Cam Newton missed Carolina's last 14 games this season. / Grant Halverson/Getty Images

With Cam Newton sidelined for the majority of the season, the Carolina Panthers have turned to Kyle Allen and Will Grier at QB. It's safe to say neither has done enough to prove they're the longterm solution at quarterback. There's a lot of uncertainty regarding Newton's future with the team, but signing Rivers could make a ton of sense for both sides. If Carolina doesn't bring back Newton, Rivers could be an excellent stopgap option for the Panthers. And if Newton does return, Rivers would be one of the league's best backups, and a major upgrade from Allen and Grier.

1. Chicago Bears

Mitchell Trubisky threw for 207 yards in Week 17.
Mitchell Trubisky threw for 207 yards in Week 17. / Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

The Chicago Bears have been held back by Mitchell Trubisky's erratic play this season. While he's shown flashes, his inconsistencies are one of the primary reasons Chicago started 3-5 this season. His contract is set to expire at the end of the 2020 season though. Bringing in Rivers to, at the very least, compete for Trubisky's job could help provide some much-needed stability in Chicago.


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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.

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