Chargers part ways with Rivers; Tampa Bay favored to land veteran QB

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are favored to land Philip Rivers, who came to a mutual agreement with the Chargers that they will go separate ways on Feb. 10.

The Los Angeles Chargers have officially parted ways with veteran quarterback Philip Rivers.

Rivers owns more than 30 franchise records and is No. 6 on the NFL’s all-time touchdowns list with 397. He is fourth all-time in 300-plus passing yard performances with 70. Rivers played 16 seasons with the Chargers.

“I never took for granted the opportunity to lead this team out on to the field for 235 games,” Rivers said in a press release. “We had a lot of great moments, beginning in San Diego and then finishing in LA. I wish my teammates and coaches nothing but the best moving forward.

“I’m not sure what the future holds, but my family and I look forward to seeing what God has planned for us next.”

Offshore sportsbook BetOnline wasted no time in posting updated odds for Rivers’s next destination. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are slated as a +150 ‘chalk’ to land the veteran in free agency.

Rivers and his family have permanently moved to their Florida beach home they’ve had for year this offseason. (It is located less than two miles down the road from my cohort Brian Edwards on 30A in Northwest Florida.)

The Bucs are also interested in moving on from Jameis Winston, who is -200 to not be Tampa Bay’s starter next season.

Indianapolis also appears to be in the mix for Rivers, having the second-shortest odds at +275. The Colts were forced to turn to Jacoby Brissett last season after Andrew Luck’s retirement right before the season started.

Carolina and Las Vegas are both listed at +500. The Panthers and Raiders have each had their ups and downs at the quarterback position, but Tampa Bay and Indianapolis appear to be much more likely landing spots for Rivers.

The Chargers are also going to be looking for a new quarterback now that they have parted ways with their long-time gunslinger.

“As we talked through various scenarios, it became apparent that it would be best for Philip and the Chargers to turn the page on what has truly been a remarkable run,” Los Angeles General Manager Tom Telesco said. “We agreed that making this decision well before free agency would allow everyone to put themselves in the best position for success in 2020.”

Tyrod Taylor is the next quarterback on the depth chart and is a +150 ‘chalk’ to be the Chargers’ starter in Week 1 of the 2020 regular season. Taylor signed a two-year, $11 million contract with Los Angeles in March of last year.

He completed 4-of-6 passes last season as Rivers’s backup, including a 14-yard touchdown pass to Virgil Green at the end of a blowout win against Jacksonville in Week 14.

Former Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert is +500 to be the starter in Los Angeles. The Chargers have the No. 6 pick in the upcoming draft and could take Herbert if he is still available.

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