The free agent market is unusually flush with quarterbacks, and one current player thinks his old teammate could be coming to Indy.
Philip Rivers is one of the hottest names on the free agent market. He is an established quarterback with a solid record of accomplishments. But he is leaving the only team he’s ever known. His former teammate, Melvin Gordon, thinks he ends up in Indianapolis.
In an interview with CBS Sports, Gordon claims that Rivers will head off to Indy to finish his career, citing his experience with offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni. Gordon said this while making it clear that he does not have any inside information and this is purely his opinion.
Gordon also cites Frank Reich‘s time with the Chargers as a factor. Having them both on the Colts, where Rivers is familiar with Sirianni’s offense, makes playing for the Colts the most logical destination for Rivers in Gordon’s eyes.
This could mean absolutely nothing. Gordon sat out the first few games of the 2019 season and is looking to go elsewhere, so it’s unclear how close he and Rivers are. He could just be trying to connect the dots like everyone else in the football world without basing anything out of facts.
But you have to admit, there are a lot of dots to connect. Gordon is right in his respect to Rivers being familiar with both Reich and Sirianni. Rivers has stated that he would play for at least two years to whatever team he signs with next. That would give the Colts a two-year window for a title run.
Rivers is coming off perhaps his worst season ever, throwing the fewest touchdowns since his fourth year in the league. His poor touchdown-to-interception ratio begs the question if he still has enough in the tank for the Colts to give him a shot.
Personally, this doesn’t seem like a good for Chris Ballard. He is all about developing talent, not taking a quarterback who could be washed up and plugging him into a roster with deep flaws on offense. I doubt this would actually happen.
But like everyone else, we will have to wait and see what happens a month from now when free agency officially starts.