3 Biggest Favorites to Sign Philip Rivers for the 2020 NFL Season

Zach Brunner
Philip Rivers' most likely teams for 2020 includes a potential playoff contender in the Colts.
Philip Rivers' most likely teams for 2020 includes a potential playoff contender in the Colts. / David Eulitt/Getty Images
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The NFL free agency period is quickly approaching, beginning on March 18. There will be many big names on the move, and one of the biggest could be 16-year veteran QB Philip Rivers, who the Los Angeles Chargers are said to likely be moving on from.

It appears that Rivers will either be stepping away from football this offseason or playing for a different NFL franchise for the first time in his career. Assuming he thinks he still has a little left in the tank and doesn't opt for retirement, these are the three biggest favorites to sign Rivers, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

1. Indianapolis Colts (+210)

Jacoby Brissett threw for 18 touchdowns and six interceptions as starter this past season.
Jacoby Brissett threw for 18 touchdowns and six interceptions as starter this past season. / Justin Casterline/Getty Images

The Colts were all but forced into starting Jacoby Brissett at quarterback last year following the surprise retirement of Andrew Luck. If Indianapolis feels they have the roster to compete right now and that a superior passer is the piece that will put them in Super Bowl contention, this move could make a ton of sense. Bringing in Rivers would give them a completely different style of passer than Brissett, who typically worked defenses underneath and played a game manager role. With the league's second-most cap space (estimated $86 million), Indianapolis has plenty of room to offer Rivers an enticing contract.

2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+210)

Bruce Arians went 7-9 in his first season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Bruce Arians went 7-9 in his first season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. / Michael Reaves/Getty Images

During the offseason, Rivers' family moved to Florida, so signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers makes sense for a couple reasons. Obviously, he would be able to remain close to his family and herd of children. Rivers would also be the replacement for the turnover-prone Jameis Winston, who seemed to do more harm than good during Bruce Arians' first season with the team. That means he'd inherit one of the most dangerous WR duos in the league with Chris Godwin and Mike Evans. Winston is also going to be an unrestricted free agent, so Rivers could give Tampa a solid short-term answer at the position while they could add a young QB through the draft to develop for the future.

3. Los Angeles Chargers (+380)

Philip Rivers has spent his entire career with the Chargers.
Philip Rivers has spent his entire career with the Chargers. / David Eulitt/Getty Images

Yes, the Chargers did say they planned to move in a different direction, but they still hold the third-best odds to sign their long-time starter this offseason. We always need to take what teams say during potential contract negotiations with a grain of salt, and the Chargers could get another serviceable season or two out of Rivers instead of trying force a young QB to try to develop behind their struggling offensive line. If he does re-sign with the Chargers, don't expect that to be their only QB move of the offseason, as their only QB under 30 is 2019 fifth-round pick Easton Stick. Adding another young arm would give them a couple of options for when Rivers' tenure with the Chargers does come to an end.


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