One year, $25 million for Philip Rivers in Indy

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The Colts went from being on the verge of agreeing to a deal with quarterback Philip Rivers to agreeing to that deal in a short period of time on Tuesday afternoon.

According to multiple reports, Rivers and the Colts have agreed to a one-year deal that will pay Rivers $25 million for the 2020 season. The move reunites Rivers with a pair of former Chargers assistants in head coach Frank Reich and offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni.

As it is a one-year deal, there’s room for the Colts to do other things at the quarterback position this offseason. They could draft a quarterback to develop behind Rivers this season or they could stick with Jacoby Brissett with an eye on possibly going back to him after Rivers is done.

Brissett is signed for 2020 with a salary of $6 million and he’s due a $7 million roster bonus on Sunday, so the Colts have a few days to make a call on his status for the coming season.

56 responses to “One year, $25 million for Philip Rivers in Indy

  1. In the crazy inflated world of modern day QB salaries, having a one-two combination of Rivers and Brissett for $31M total almost sounds like a bargain.

    Almost

  2. Brissett is a back up level QB. No reason to keep him around unless they don’t plan to draft a QB in 2020.

  3. I like Rivers, but that’s too much to pay. It doesn’t matter though because there’s not going to be an NFL season this year.

  4. They traded their #1 pick, unless they think they can land a good QB in round 2 i bet they keep Brissett.

  5. Brissett back to NE? Stranger things have happened. There will be some decent backup QBs out there and as noted they can draft a QB to sit for a year.

  6. why even waste the money for a one year deal? Even manning took 2 yrs to get to the super bowl with the Bronco’s and that was a way better overall team.

  7. Colts to cut Brissett before the $7 m payout. No way they keep him as a $13 million backup. He’ll sign with New England….

  8. Dak sitting there like show me the money. I am worth more than all of these proven guys.

  9. Indybear making comments when trubiscuit is his QB. The bears would do anything to have a QB like Rivers

  10. Brissett to get cut. Cap hit is $21m if he gets the bonus, $12.5 in dead money if they cut him. $21m cap hit for a backup? Behind $25m starting QB? LOL

  11. not that he’s the patriots answer but Brian Hoyer is now colts 3rd string quarterback.

    just an opinions

  12. I’d love to see Brissett make it back to NE. And I’d love it more if NE wins with Brissett.

  13. No mention of Chad Kelly in this article, but I wouldn’t count him out. He’s easily backup caliber and I still believe he has starter potential. He can learn a lot from Rivers next year.

  14. Rivers will thrive behind a stellar offensive line, he hasn’t had one his entire career. Rivers will lead the Colts for 2 seasons and battle mahomes in the AFC title game until Luck makes his return. That is why the Colts traded the 13th pick. It all makes sense.

  15. gronkhof says:
    March 17, 2020 at 4:20 pm
    Brissett to get cut. Cap hit is $21m if he gets the bonus, $12.5 in dead money if they cut him. $21m cap hit for a backup? Behind $25m starting QB? LOL
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    Where did you come up with those figures? Lol.
    Check again Sparky.

  16. At times you just would like to sit down with certain GM’s and ask them to make it make sense. This is one instance where a franchise is dealing in NAME and NOT the REALITY.

    The bottom line is if a YOUNGER Philip Rivers couldn’t get a STACK CHARGERS team anywhere over the years what makes you think this 39 yr ole STATUE & turnover machine in today’s NFL who kill drives with 3 and outs will do.

  17. Hey Crush22, Brissett signed a $30 mil 2-yr contract 2 years ago, $20 mil guaranteed. Google it, man. There’s a whole website full of players’ contract data. Sheesh.

  18. “No mention of Chad Kelly in this article, but I wouldn’t count him out. He’s easily backup caliber and I still believe he has starter potential.”
    ____________

    Where does this love for Kelly come from? He’s played one single snap in the NFL way back in 2018. He isn’t backup caliber or else he’d be a backup someplace. And to have starter potential you need to be able to (at the very least) win backup jobs.

  19. BDV says:
    March 17, 2020 at 4:11 pm
    Well, he’s made a habit of brutalizing the Jaguars, so why not add two more to his total.
    ———
    he also made a habit of gutting the colts… in the playoffs. so that’s out of play now.

  20. This is a great combination. One can say the Colts are the Phillip Rivers of the NFL teams. Always get your hopes up to ultimately let you down in dramatic fashion.

  21. I think signing Rivers is a great move for Indy, but don’t get the 1-year contract from their point of view.

    They probably won’t get a top QB in this year’s draft and Rivers will be good enough to take them out of the running for one in next year’s draft. So it looks like either win it all this season or a years-long rebuild for a roster that is close to contending now.

  22. Now all they need are better receivers… better tight ends…a much better defense… and a better kicker and this deal will make sense after trading their 1st round draft pick in one of the deepest offensive drafts ever.

  23. Love it for PR as he has a better chance making it to Super Bowl on that team than with Chargers, even if they get Brady. Belichick is not stupid and has always had the motto he’d rather cut a player one year too early than one year too late and Brady is definitely going downhill. That and the fact the reigning Super Bowl champ is in the same division as the Chargers makes it that much harder if Tommy decides to bring his talents to LA.

  24. Kevpft. Maybe they only signed him for 1 year because Luck gave them an indication he will be ready to return after this upcoming season.

  25. This is absurd.
    Rivers has been washed up and never did anything.
    Now the Colts give him 25m for a year? In one year from now they will be in the same situation and looking back on an unproductive season. Rivers deserved 4m at most for this one year deal. What a total farce the Colts team is turning into. Bad decision making will only keep them last in the league.

  26. Any Colts QB uncertainty is their own doing. They had a young, dynamic, accurate passer that they let get turned into mincemeat.

  27. thermanmerman99 says:
    March 17, 2020 at 5:23 pm
    Kevpft. Maybe they only signed him for 1 year because Luck gave them an indication he will be ready to return after this upcoming season.

    ============

    Now that would be a remarkable turn of events!

  28. Congratulations Rivers!Keep the streak alive for most starts.As a Chargers fan I will always root for you

  29. 25 million for one year of work. Imma going to have a conversation with my dad when I get to heaven and ask him why he didn’t push me to be a QB! HA

  30. gronkhof says:
    March 17, 2020 at 4:44 pm
    Hey Crush22, Brissett signed a $30 mil 2-yr contract 2 years ago, $20 mil guaranteed. Google it, man. There’s a whole website full of players’ contract data. Sheesh.
    ________
    The cap numbers mentioned aren’t even close.
    Sheesh.

  31. I don’t get this one. I just don’t know if Rivers is enough of an upgrade to justify a $25m cap hit against the $13m that Jacoby costs? Rivers has been in a relatively steady decline for a couple years now. We all know the NFL is a copy cat league and the last three or four years has seen a trend towards a strong running game that allows teams with young QB’s or mid-tier QB’s to succeed. Think early Russel Wilson in Seattle, Tannehill with the Titans, Jimmy G with the 49ers, and Jackson with the Ravens. All these teams are having great success because their running game is strong. I would think Indy could stick with Jacoby and throw that $25m into their own running game and draft their next QB at 13 or trade up. A one year $25m patch doesn’t get them anything unless that is their one key to a SB and frankly it isn’t.

  32. Amazing how stupid the “LA” Chargers management has been since the disastrous “Re-location.” Spanos would not pay TB $30 mil. Now the Chargers will go with a rookie or retread into KroenkeWorld if it opens on time. Brady would have sold thousands of season tickets. The Chargers will be lucky to put 20,000 into the seats and less than half that if they end up playing in the soccer stadium. Letting Rivers go and not signing Brady! What a screw-up by the mis-managed “LA’ Chargers!

  33. Doubt Colts also keep Jacoby now, this move says he’s not their future and they prob want to trade him. He poss returns to NE as backup, but more likely at one of BB’s disciples’ teams.

  34. I am pulling for Jacoby but unless he can hand the ball off and get 3.5 yards whenever he wants to i don’t think he can be a winning qb. but not sure rivers will be any better.

  35. Rivers is a good quarterback and great at times. The problem is the great times are unpredictable. I hope Indy can provide the stability he needs to be predictably great.

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