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Official: Chargers move on from Philip Rivers

Philip Rivers will become a free agent in March. We take a look at some possible suitors.

Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers looks for an open receiver during the third quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images

Iron man Philip Rivers didn’t miss a single game in his 14 years as the starter of the Chargers. He will finish his Chargers’ career with 59,271 yards passing, 397 touchdowns, 198 interceptions and a 95.1 QB rating. His interceptions will stand out as his worst attribute, but he was without a doubt, great at times and always a gamer.

Rivers still wants to play and should have suitors in a league always looking for veteran talent. Not long ago, back in the year 2018, Rivers had a strong season as he helped his team to a 12-4 record while throwing for 32 touchdowns, 12 interceptions and his second-best completion rate of his career. 2019 wasn’t nearly as good and Rivers appeared to take a true downturn in his ability, throwing 23 touchdowns to 20 interceptions. The question for teams looking for a starting quarterback is how much does Rivers have left in the tank?

If we’re spitballing here, quarterback needy teams that could use Rivers for a year or two are the Carolina Panthers, Oakland Raiders, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Chicago Bears. I doubt Rivers would go anywhere that didn’t want him to at the very least compete for a starting job, but he is one of the most competitive quarterbacks ever to play and I expect he’ll be starting somewhere in 2020.

The Chargers on the other hand have Tyrod Taylor if they need a quarterback to bolster a draft pick in his rookie year. Tua Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert come to mind, as the Chargers are in need and have the No. 6 draft pick. They would need to trade ahead of the Dolphins to secure Tagovailoa, but there’s still a lot of time and evaluation to go. They will most-likely fill their long-time quarterback need through the draft, but could stick with Taylor or grab another veteran to help in 2020.