Philip Rivers considered retirement but is confident he can still play at a high level after signing a one-year deal to join the Indianapolis Colts.
Quarterback Rivers will be embarking on a new experience with the Colts, having previously spent his entire NFL career with the Chargers, firstly in San Diego and then in Los Angeles.
The 38-year-old admitted he was not at his best in the 2019 season, when he threw 20 interceptions for a team that missed out on the playoffs, leading to him contemplating the idea of walking away from the sport.
However, Rivers retains the hunger to keep on playing, adding it “just all worked out” to reunite with Colts head coach Frank Reich and offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni, having previously worked with the pair at the Chargers.
“I think really where we settled in is I still love to play, certainly not coming off my best year [in 2019], but I know I still can play at a high level,” the eight-time Pro Bowler told reporters on Saturday.
“It was one of those deals where we said if there’s nothing else out there then that’ll be our answer. I don’t want to just try to hang on to play.”
He added: “I was still excited about playing and hoping to get another opportunity to continue my career and certainly thankful that it’s going to be with the Colts.
“It just all worked out. I am just super thankful the way it worked out and excited to – again – be a part of it, because we know this is the ultimate team game.”
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Rivers has not ruled out carrying on beyond his new contract – reportedly worth $25million – but has no plans to follow the lead set by Tom Brady, who will playing in the league at 43 after joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free agency.
“I don’t think you’ll see me in the Tom Brady range, but I am excited and feel like I can still help a football team go win a championship,” he said.
Following Rivers’ arrival, and with Jacoby Brissett – last season’s starting quarterback – still on the roster, the Colts have released Brian Hoyer, who joined the team last September.