Signing the former Chargers quarterback would go against everything Chris Ballard has done as GM of the Colts.
Philip Rivers is a free agent for the first time in his career. He has been linked to the Colts ever since he announced that he and the Chargers were parting ways. Even though that link has some merit, it would be very surprising to see the two sides come together.
It makes sense why people would want these two parties to join forces. Rivers played under both Frank Reich and Nick Sirianni in San Diego and should be familiar with the offense. He would be going to a roster that is built to win right now and might be a QB away from doing so.
Even with all of that, it would shock me to see the team sign him. That’s because of how Chris Ballard has acted as GM of the team over these past 3 years. He has been very conservative with his free-agent signings and has yet to spend a boatload of money on any one player.
Not only that, Ballard rarely brings in older vets. Rivers is approaching 40 years old and is clearly on the downturn of his career. Ballard has made it very clear that he prefers players that are either in their prime or are just about to enter their prime. Rivers does not fit that mold.
There are also real questions about whether or not Rivers would be a true upgrade over Jacoby Brissett. Brissett threw less 13 fewer interceptions than Rivers did. Neither quarterback performed well over the second half of the season.
It would make much more sense for the team to either draft a quarterback or keep Brissett as the starter for one more year. If Rivers is actually signed by the team, I will eat my crow. But I would be shocked to see it actually happen.