Philip Rivers: 3 places QB could play after leaving Chargers

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TAMPA, FL – NOVEMBER 11: Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers runs upfield against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers November 11, 2012, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Tampa won 34 – 24. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Rivers has relocated to Florida, so those connecting the dots between he and the Buccaneers are out there. Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians likes a veteran pocket passer and helped Carson Palmer get to within one game of the Super Bowl with the Arizona Cardinals.

In addition, Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston is set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason. Though Winston put up huge passing numbers last year, he also turned the ball over at a ridiculous clip, throwing 30 interceptions.

Though he did pass for over 5,000 yards, the team could value a more disciplined veteran passer. Rivers wasn’t much better than Winston in terms of throwing picks last season, but Arians may feel he can correct that with some minor tweaks.

The thought of Rivers throwing the ball to guys like Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and O.J. Howard is scintillating and the Chargers legend may see it the same way.

Taking a short-term deal down in Tampa, which would be close to home, makes a lot of sense for Rivers. Most out there likely won’t see the Bucs as a championship contender but at this time last season, no one viewed the 49ers that way either.

Arians has worked wonders for just about every quarterback he has ever worked with and Rivers may see him as a guy who can get the most out of him in the twilight years of his pro career.

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