Colts announce signing of Philip Rivers

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Philip Rivers is a Colt.

Days after it was reported that Rivers had agreed to terms with Indianapolis, the Colts made it official with a tweet saying simply, “Welcome to Indy, Phil!”

Colts General Manager Chris Ballard fleshed that out with a statement.

“Philip is one of the most decorated quarterbacks in the NFL and we are fortunate to add an experienced player of his caliber to our organization,” Ballard said. “His familiarity with our coaching staff and offensive system in addition to his experience were attractive qualities during our evaluation process. Philip is a fierce competitor and his veteran leadership will be crucial in the continued development of our young roster.”

The 38-year-old Rivers is not coming off one of his better seasons, having completed 66.0 percent of his passes with an average of 7.8 yards per pass, with 23 touchdowns and 20 interceptions. But the Colts apparently think he has enough left that he can be their starter.

The next question is what the Colts will do with Jacoby Brissett, who has played well at times but hasn’t done enough to earn the starting job. Rivers is reportedly playing on a one-year, $25 million deal, while Brissett is heading into the final year of his contract and slated to have a cap hit of $21.375 million. It’s hard to believe the Colts would want more than $46 million tied up in the quarterback position, but they have plenty of cap space and don’t have to be in any hurry to get rid of Brissett’s number. Rivers was brought in to start, while Brissett’s future is up in the air.

28 responses to “Colts announce signing of Philip Rivers

  1. ”Philip is one of the most decorated quarterbacks in the NFL …”

    Did I miss the part where he won a SB? Hell has he even been close to a SB? Has he even been close to a conference championship? When’s the last time he won a division?

  2. The ‘Meh’ heard round the world. Brissett clearly struggled after his injury and was ‘okay’ before that. QB had to be a priority this off-season, but Rivers appears to be a modest upgrade at this stage in his career. The Colts still need to draft a QB.

  3. If you look underneath the surface, you can see the truth. Rivers was signed short term because Luck will be returning. Which is why the #13 pick was traded without going after a QB. This is the perfect signing

  4. coltstrong says:
    March 21, 2020 at 1:50 pm
    The ‘Meh’ heard round the world. Brissett clearly struggled after his injury and was ‘okay’ before that.
    =======================================================================

    Pre-Injury (7 games): 1,590 yards, 14 TD, 3 INT, 65 COMP%, 98.5 Rating

    Post-Injury (7 games): 1,293 yards, 4 TD, 3 INT, 56.4 COMP%, 74.4 Rating

    I don’t think Jacoby is their long term answer at QB but it isn’t accurate to say he was just “OK” before he was injured last year.

    His pre-injury stats were quite a bit better than just “OK”.

  5. Unless the NFL rigs this for him Rivers is mediocre at least. Yes, statistically he may have HOF worthy numbers but at this point of his career, he’s less mobile than ever before, and his nemesis are the Titans and Jaguars. He is one of the worst 2 minute drill QB and will be quick to blame his receivers when things fall apart. Hopefully TY and company will built a rapport with him sooner rather than later.

    As a Chargers fan, he’s had some fine seasons in SD but we also had to endure the toughest times when Rivers threw games away. All in all, Chargers are looking for a new beginning as well with Rivers going to another team for a last run for the ring.

  6. I don’t understand this at all. I know Brisette isn’t going to be great but he’s better than Rivers at this point. A guy who has lost his arm strength and wears concrete shoes is not a good combination.

  7. He’s been decorated with sacks, interceptions, inopportune fumbles. He’s a glorious turnover machine.

    AFC west opponents will miss the 2 near-guaranteed victories each year against ‘Phil’.

  8. Rivers looked perfectly fine against NFC championship game participant green Bay last year, all of these crybaby patriot fans trying to downplay this signing are a joke. He has never had a top 5 OL in his career and he will now. He will be like Favre in 2009 with the Vikings.

  9. “Philip is one of the most decorated quarterbacks in the NFL”

    Decorated with what exactly?

  10. He was game in the 2007/08 AFC Champ game with a bad knee but with Tomlinson on the bench, and no TDs scored, his one chance at a SB passed …

  11. thermanmerman99 says:
    March 21, 2020 at 4:09 pm
    Rivers looked perfectly fine against NFC championship game participant green Bay last year, all of these crybaby patriot fans trying to downplay this signing are a joke. He has never had a top 5 OL in his career and he will now. He will be like Favre in 2009 with the Vikings.

    ——
    C’mon.

  12. “Rivers was signed short term because Luck will be returning”

    Delusional lolz, Luck’s not coming back to the NFL

  13. While they’re at it, the Colts might as well also announce their pick at the top of next year’s draft.

  14. Rivers threw for 4,600 yards last year ALWAYS under duress with a terrible OL who couldn’t pass black or run block. Watch. He’ll be great with the Colts playing before a real NFL crowd in a real NFL stadium. Spanos and his lap dog Telesco screwed up mightily. Only now have they signed two O linemen when they thought they could get Brady. Now they’re looking for a re-tread or they’ll throw a rookie to the dogs. A pathetically mismanaged franchise.

  15. Colts announced it but was he actually seen signing it? Colts tend to get ahead of themselves.

  16. The Colts will probably draft a QB, so they signed Rivers as a smokescreen. The rookie QB will probably take over around week 4 or 5. By the way, “decorated” is not exactly how I would descried a QB who’s never won a super bowl, or championship game.

  17. Rivers’ arm is shot. He’s got the experience and smarts but not the physical tools anymore. I don’t think this makes the Colts better.

  18. The ticket sales manager probably wrote the press release. “Decorated”? Phillip Rivers? Oh yeah. That’s a salesman talking, for sure.

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