The Los Angeles Chargers have announced that they will be moving on from quarterback Philip Rivers and letting him test free agency.
It’s hard to imagine Rivers in a different uniform in 2020 after 16 years with the Chargers, but that will be the case.
With his own free agency pending, Chargers running back Melvin Gordon has predicted where he thinks Rivers will land.
He thinks that landing spot will be with the Indianapolis Colts.
Per CBS Sports:
“I think he goes to the Colts,” Gordon said, “I don’t know, that’s just my thought.”
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Gordon believes that some ties to the Colts coaching staff will be enough to lure him to Indianapolis.
One of those connections is Colt’s offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni.
Sirianni was the Chargers quarterbacks and wide receivers coach from 2013-2017.
“He has [connections],” Gordon said. “Nick … he came from here, we had him, and he’s the offensive coordinator there. They run the same playbook, so it’d be easy, he could come right in and he could be telling guys what to do, he knows what’s going on already.”
Head coach Frank Reich also spent 3 seasons with the Chargers that included 2 being the offensive coordinator.
“We have history with [Reich] as well, so it’d be an easy plug-in,” Gordon said. “So I think that’s probably the best fit, but you never know. Tampa, I hear, is a place. I try not to talk to Phil about free agency; he has enough people in his ear about that. I think the Colts, though.”
The Colts also have other appeals such as a strong offensive line and playing indoors.
After the season, Colts General manager Chris Ballard spoke as being non-committal to Jacoby Brissett as being the starting quarterback in the 2020 NFL season.
The Colts seem prepared to explore all options at quarterback this offseason.
Gordon is very familiar with Rivers having spent 5 seasons with him on the sidelines.
Therefore, it’s plausible to believe Gordon could offer some insight on what Rivers may be thinking in his upcoming free agency.
In fact, Gordon isn’t the other one who thinks that Rivers may end up in Indianapolis.
Pro Football Focus recently said in an article that they also believe that Rivers will end up with the Colts.
Despite these predictions, it’s very unlikely that Rivers has already decided where he will play next season and we should expect anything to happen.