Philip Rivers reportedly reached out to 49ers, Dolphins about unretiring late last season

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Philip Rivers has not been on an NFL roster since retiring after the end of the 2020 season, but he reportedly showed some interest in getting back in the game late in the 2022 season.

During Monday’s episode of The Rich Eisen Show, Eisen recounted some of the information he heard from people around the league while at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. One piece of information involved Rivers calling both the 49ers and Dolphins about possibly coming out of retirement to help them at quarterback.

Neither team took Rivers up on the offer and it’s unclear if he’ll be making any future pitches to return to active duty.

The 49ers lost Trey Lance and Jimmy Garoppolo to season-ending injuries, but seventh-round pick Brock Purdy kept the team winning after being elevated to the top job. The 49ers ultimately lost in the NFC Championship Game after Purdy and backup Josh Johnson suffered injuries against the Eagles.

Injuries to Tua Tagovailoa and Teddy Bridgewater led the Dolphins to start their own seventh-rounder Skylar Thompson in Week 18 and in their playoff loss to the Bills.

24 responses to “Philip Rivers reportedly reached out to 49ers, Dolphins about unretiring late last season

  1. Chasing that elusive Lombardi trophy. Money is no issue for Rivers. Plain and simple, he wants a ring.

  2. Rivers at 50% would have been an upgrade over Skylar Thompson but I think Miami ultimately made the right decision getting Thompson legit high pressure experience if they think he has a real future as a legitimate back up.

  3. Surely he took notice of the escalating salary structures for marginal QB’s like himself…

    Damn straight he’s willing to strap up for a 2-yr deal.

  4. 49ers should have kicked the tires a little more on this. Even if they wanted to ride with Purdy having Rivers there for the NFC title game would have given them a small shot instead of no shot.

  5. Did you see Rivers try to throw the football in his last year with Indy? He was shot-putting it like Cam Newton. It was awful. He needs to stay retired.

  6. Rivers was a pretty darn good QB. Borderline probowl every year. He wass never a running QB (at all.) So hius age/legs wouldnt be the same “depriciuation as other QBs

    The Niners shouldve made the deal.

  7. Come to the Niners this year. Guaranteed playoff push for an all time great

  8. I guess the atmosphere is really different between high school and nfl locker rooms !!!

  9. just going from watching the two games…it would have been SF that needed him. Skylar actually held his own.

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