Report: Chargers have “moved on” from Philip Rivers

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Philip Rivers has moved back to the East Coast, and it appears it’s for good reason.

According to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports during an appearance on The Herd, the Chargers have “moved on” from the 38-year-old quarterback.

Rivers had already moved his sizable family back to Florida, which has sparked all manners of dot-connecting which put him on teams not the Chargers. The Buccaneers seem uniquely poised to use him as either a quarterback or leverage in ongoing negotiations with Jameis Winston.

Chargers General Manager Tom Telesco had previously talked about all the “moving parts” involved with the veteran free agent.

The Chargers pick sixth in the 2020 NFL Draft, behind the notably needy Bengals (first) and Dolphins (fifth), so there will be competition if they choose to go the route of a rookie. But with a deep class of veteran quarterbacks available this year including Tom Brady, they can choose from a number of options as they try to establish themselves in an actual-sized stadium in Los Angeles.

95 responses to “Report: Chargers have “moved on” from Philip Rivers

  1. Honestly this could be it for him. Not a ton of playoff contenders that need a qb. Maybe Chicago or slim shot he replaces Brees again if he retires?

  2. Tom Brady will be back in NE. Bank on it.

    Mr Rivers will be available once a Qb goes down. So he gets picked up with in 4 games of 2020.

  3. Chiefs fan here. I constantly hear criticism of Rivers, as it relates to Drew Brees. The Chargers made the right decision and most people would do the same thing 100 times out of 100.

    Phillip is a hall of famer.

    And it wasnt his fault they lost the year they went 14-2 and his half back couldn’t stay on the field and his coach couldn’t handle moment either. See ya Marty RunRUnPassPunt.

  4. Nope….this does alienate all fans, and will cut all remaining ties to San Diego.

    Dumb…Dumb…Dumb.

    In the meantime, Rivers signs with Tampa Bay in March. Both Arians and Rivers are on their last chance for a Super Bowl.

  5. Let’s hope Spanos does the right thing and moves the Chargers to the Central Valley. Sacramento would love and support this team. The Spanoses are originally from the Central Valley.

  6. Why would Tampa Bay sign Rivers? He turns the ball as much as Winston but at least Winston is young while Rivers doesnt have the arm he once had.

  7. How could a fan of any QB hungry team get excited if Rivers signed with their franchise after watching him against the Chiefs in Mexico City this past season? The Chargers would have won that game had they not allowed Rivers to throw one pass.

  8. I don’t get why you’d get rid of Rivers for an older more washed up QB in Brady. If you’re moving on from Rivers, get someone young who can be your future.

  9. Phillip is one heck of an example of what a father and player should be. He didn’t get much love for a long time. I hope a “cusp” team picks him up. He’d be unbelievable with the weapons in Tampa.

  10. Cousins to Chargers, please! Anything to get him out of MN. He’s an upgrade over Rivers & a 1 year rental till their rookie QB can start. Stats don’t lie.

  11. Winston has a knack for blowing a game after throwing 5 td’s in a hard fought game. It’s exhausting. Rivers in Tampa…. possible.

  12. Better a year too early than a year too late for the Chargers. They draft high in a pretty decent QB class….I think it was the right move to sever ties. They will have to trade up though….all 3 qb’s will likely be gone by #4. Even the Dolphins will likely have to trade up 1 or 2 spots.

  13. Living in SD, I despised the move to LA and resent the ownership for it. However if the game was on, to my surprise, I found myself still rooting for them because of Philip Rivers. Now, I will have no reason to. The long tragic breakup of my fandom is complete. I am not elated or remorseful, just indifferent

  14. crasheaglescrash says:
    January 27, 2020 at 3:45 pm
    I don’t get why you’d get rid of Rivers for an older more washed up QB in Brady. If you’re moving on from Rivers, get someone young who can be your future.

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  15. Its amazing the good/great players that Rivers has played with in SD/LA without winning a championship.

    Tomlinson, Sproles, Gates, Vincent Jackson, Seau, Merriman briefly, Floyd, Williams, Jammer, Cromartie, Allen …

  16. So, with Rivers, couldn’t fill a 27,000 seat stadium. Of course Tua, or Herbert will be there for them.
    Now is there another QB that wants to get back to his home state that will take a 1 year deal, and will immediately boost ticket sales?
    And tutor the new face of the franchise.

  17. This was the right time for both sides. Chargers are way too cheap to pay Brady so they’re either drafting their next Qb or they think they’ve got something in Easton Stick.

  18. started hearing Detroit might make a play at a draft QB – that sounds like a smokescreen to get somebody to jump up and cough up picks. I’d definitely do that if I’m the Lions. They need more talent.

  19. He’s going to play in Tampa in 2020, and Brees will be back in New Orleans with the Saints along with Hill. Brady will be moving to California to finish his career with the Chargers, and Belichick will sign Teddy Bridgewater

  20. As is usual with the Spanos’ and Telesco, their oh so glorious plan will backfire and once again be laughingstocks. And opposing teams fans will gladly scoop up those tickets Charger season ticket holders put up for sale and the move to LA blows up in their faces. Can’t wait.

  21. I don’t get why you’d get rid of Rivers for an older more washed up QB in Brady. If you’re moving on from Rivers, get someone young who can be your future.

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    When Brady becomes available, you stop what you’re doing and you do your Best to land him. If NE was stupid and ungrateful enough to let him walk, then I don’t blame him for being upset. He constantly took pay-cuts for the sake of making the team better. The team did not get better. It actually has no talent at the skill positions. That kind makes you a little bit upset. Wouldn’t you think?
    I think he has earned the right to choose his next destination…TB will go back to California and be close to his parents. It makes perfect sense.

  22. Man the Chargers seem like a cut-rate franchise. No press conference, salute or anything for one of the top 3 players in franchise history?

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    “Cue-rate“ is a start.

  23. They’ll be fine with Tyrod Taylor if they actually find a kicker. Keenan Allen and Mike Williams would easily be the best receivers he’d ever played with.

  24. They’ll be fine with Tyrod Taylor if they actually find a kicker. Keenan Allen and Mike Williams would easily be the best receivers he’d ever played with.

  25. Three QBs can be taken before the Chargers’ pick, and they’d still end up with a solid QB.

    I don’t get the idea of him going to Tampa. Why would they sign, in effect, a much older version of Winston? It’s not as though Rivers would sign for peanuts. The only reason for either of those two teams to make a change at QB is because they want something different. He also doesn’t seem like an upgrade in either Miami or Jacksonville, or Carolina for that matter.

    I can’t see anywhere that Rivers could sign where a team would see him as the long-term answer, so he’s probably going to have to accept being a one-year thing on a team looking for a QB in the draft to develop, and a short-term insurance policy if that draft choice doesn’t work out.

  26. It’s more like Rivers “moved on” from the Chargers. All the way to Florida. Now the Chargers are trying to save face by making it look like it is their decision. Good job getting Jay Glazer to cover for you.

  27. What about the Jaguars? Fole’s doesn’t appear to be the answer and Gardner Minshew is still somewhat of an unknown. They can run and play defense. If Rivers can keep the INT’s down, his experience might be a plus. What about the Colt’s? They aren’t sold on Brissett and have a good o-line and play 10+ games indoors. The Bear’s aren’t sold on Trubiskey and might be better with Rivers. The Redskins probably aren’t interested but you never know. So there are some options for Rivers, as well as for Brees and Brady should they not be resigned. Only Brady is a candidate as a Vet QB to go to San Diego. If Tampa moves away from Winston, and Brady doesn’t resign, New England might be interested in taking him on to see if they can help him make better decisions. A wildcard here is if Carolina and/or Cincinnati would trade Cam Newton or Andy Dalton since they are in contract years and UFA’s next season, and either will draft a QB this year or already have a young one on the roster. What if the Raiders sign Brady to sell seats in Las Vegas? What happens with Carr? Once the first domino falls in this carousel things will happen quickly.

  28. Chargers have thus “moved on” from any chance of becoming a winning team. I predict Rivers will do very well in Tampa with Bruce Arians.

  29. Once again, Eli Manning is proved right when he didn’t want any part of playing for the Spanos family. It’s appalling how they just dumped their franchise QB of almost 2 decades without any remorse. Rivers isn’t the best QB, but he deserved much more respect from the Chargers organization than what he’s getting. The Spanos family are arguably the worst owners in the NFL.

  30. Can’t think of another quarterback that got as much out of a below average arm and no athleticism. Nothing but compliments for a gritty competitor.

  31. Indy has the Coach, the offensive line, and the cap space. Not to mention a fan base that will actually make him feel appreciated.

  32. “Now starting for your Los Angeles Chargers, number 12, Tom Brady…”

    Brady to Chargers is all but done. They have plenty of cap space. But I would imagine Brady wants to bring Josh McDaniels with him.

    Rivers ends up in Chicago or Tennessee. You heard it here first.

  33. tm05 says:
    January 27, 2020 at 3:36 pm
    Why would Tampa Bay sign Rivers? He turns the ball as much as Winston but at least Winston is young while Rivers doesnt have the arm he once had.
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    Agreed. Not sure which Rivers people were watching last year. He was Winston without the arm strength. Maybe worse.

  34. Chargers are not a sentimental outfit.

    Ladanian Tomlinson
    Drew Breeze
    Marty Schottenheimer

    Now

    Drew Brees

  35. Wow Eli and Archie were right to avoid that team
    Eli retires they give him a royal send off
    Rivers gets shown the door
    True Eli has won two super bowls and two SB MVP’s
    But 16 years is 16 years show some respect

  36. Your next quarterback will be Derrick Carr since Tom Brady will be the new Las Vegas Raiders quarterback

  37. If Rivers is in the panhandle, he’s as close to NashVegas and Charlotte as he is to Miami. Even New Orleans. Jameis will be back in Tampa.

  38. How about if we just leave him alone, and let him retire in peace! He had a great career, could have been in a SB with a number of the teams. Let him be lucky retire young, love your family, and don’t get your eggs scrambled playing for 3 more years.
    Good luck Phil
    Ride off into the sunset

  39. His signature win was a game that he got knocked out of. Billy Volek is the main reason for Philip Rivers’ one trip past round 2 of the playoffs.

  40. I love people who blame QBs for interceptions. A bad offensive line, average receiver bring down Great QBs to good and good to bad. Just look at Tom Brady after he lost Danny Amendola and Rob grownkoski. Need more proof? Compare Aaron Rogers when he had Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson and James Jones Or Randal Cobb. Now compare his stats last two years without these. Proof is in pudding.

  41. Both sides can afford to move on at this point, doesn’t mean there should be bad blood. Rivers has done a lot for San Diego other than winning the Super Bowl, so while he should be thought of with respect, the team shouldn’t give him the Eli Manning pity run when he doesn’t have it anymore. Move on while there’s a nice QB class in the draft and free agency, the team has no fans anyways so don’t make your moves to please them.

  42. You cannot look at QB stats in isolation.just like It is more idiotic to compare Mahomes to Trubisky. Chiefs have Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins and Travis Kelce. No one outside Bears fans knows who Bears receivers are.

  43. I”ts amazing the good/great players that Rivers has played with in SD/LA without winning a championship.

    Tomlinson, Sproles, Gates, Vincent Jackson, Seau, Merriman briefly, Floyd, Williams, Jammer, Cromartie, Allen …”

    Notice the dearth of offensive and defensive linemen on that list. There were some good ones, but the o-line especially has been the worst part of the the Chargers for a long time. But the offense with LT, Sproles Jackson and Gates could have won a Super Bowl. Marlon McCree …

  44. Rivers gone. I’m gone. Pathetic ownership. If Brady signs he’ll be on his back most of the time. No offensive line. Brady is simply a ploy to temporarily scam fans to buy tickets as Charger PSL’s and season ticket sales are floundering.

  45. After what Telesco said about him a few weeks ago, this is no surprise. GMs vouch for QBs on their teams by saying things like “that’s not even a question” or “clearly he’s the starter” not “he can still be a productive player” or generalized “compliments” like that. It will be interesting to see how they fare in their new market with a new young rookie (or Andy Dalton?) and no clear succession plan to their franchise starter. This organization’s attitude can best be described as “any change is good change”, without recognizing that there is, in fact, such a thing as a bad change.

  46. I heard him say at a presser some time ago that since moving to L.A. that it feels like home games are on the road, especially with more opponents fans at the games.

    I can’t imagine any of the Chargers players being happy with that franchise.

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