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Ranking the top five destinations for Philip Rivers

The uncertain contract situations of several high-profile veteran quarterbacks this offseason presents interesting 2020 possibilities on the quarterback carousel. One of those players in limbo is Philip Rivers, and fuel has been thrown on the change-of-scenery fire in recent weeks with the reported move of his family from San Diego to Florida. Jay Glazer of Fox Sports added more on top of that by making an offhand remark about the Los Angeles Chargers having moved on from Rivers, only to walk back those comments later.

Whether a decision has been made or hasn’t been made yet on Rivers’ future, it seems unlikely that he will sign a new contract and play out the season in Los Angeles with his family cross country in Florida. This is the same guy who commuted from San Diego to Los Angeles just because he didn’t want to uproot his family after the Chargers changed cities. After a downturn in play last season and the continued refusal of the Chargers to improve one of the league’s worst offensive lines, a change in scenery would suit the 38-year old quarterback well. Of the rumored destinations, these five make the most sense.

1. Indianapolis Colts

I looked at what the Colts need to do to get back to the postseason in 2020 earlier this week. The short-and-sweet version is that their biggest obstacle to returning to AFC contention is getting a new quarterback. Jacoby Brissett was one of the worst starters in the league by PFF grade in 2019, even to start the season as the Colts raced out to a 5-2 start. Their draft pick at 13th overall gives them next to no chance of landing either Joe Burrow or Tua Tagovailoa and taking a quarterback such as Jordan Love or Justin Herbert at 13th overall would be a reach. Both guys have major question marks coming out of college. That leaves free agency as the best pathway to a new starter.

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