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Philip Rivers: 3 places QB could play after leaving Chargers

SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 04: Jameis Winston #3 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers talks with Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers after a game at Qualcomm Stadium on December 4, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 04: Jameis Winston #3 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers talks with Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers after a game at Qualcomm Stadium on December 4, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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CHARLOTTE, NC – DECEMBER 11: Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers yells to the sideline against the Carolina Panthers in the 4th quarter during their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 11, 2016, in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC – DECEMBER 11: Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers yells to the sideline against the Carolina Panthers in the 4th quarter during their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 11, 2016, in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

87. . . . Carolina Panthers.

The Panthers are another team that would be close to Rivers’ home, one that would play the Buccaneers twice per season.

The team seems poised to move on from former NFL MVP Cam Newton and beyond him, the team has just Kyle Allen and Will Grier as quarterbacks on the roster. Allen played well in relief of Newton last season, but the team likely wants a more consistent option in the starting role.

New Panthers head coach Matt Rhule could be interested in getting his professional head coaching career started with an experienced veteran in place. Having a guy like Rivers to lead an offense that includes the dynamic Christian McCaffrey and the emerging D.J. Moore could be quite compelling.

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Would it be compelling for Rivers?

Other options could include the Chicago Bears and maybe even the New England Patriots as an outside, long-shot candidate. The point is, there will be several places where Rivers can continue his playing career in 2020 and continue his consecutive starts streak, which currently sits at 224 games in a row.

Rivers stated when the season ended that he wanted to play somewhere as long as a team wanted him. There will almost certainly be a team that wants the guy that sits in the top 10 in every major passing category in NFL history.

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