Philip Rivers and Melvin Gordon spent five seasons together with the Los Angeles Chargers. In 2020, it’s quite possible that neither player will be there.
It’s already been determined that Rivers will not be back and will enter free agency for the first time in his career. Gordon, who is also set to be an unrestricted free agent, may have worn out his welcome with his decision to hold out last summer.
Where each guy will be next season remains to be seen, but Gordon has a guess at where his long-time teammate will end up.
Gordon notes that the Colts have coaching connections that could help lure Rivers in Frank Reich and Nick Sirianni. Both men helped Rivers in San Diego prior to heading to Indianapolis. That familiarity could certainly help make Rivers’ choice easier.
There is also a potential opportunity in Indianapolis, where the Colts were shellshocked last summer by the abrupt retirement of Andrew Luck. A team with a solid roster and a stout offensive line could make for an attractive destination for the best quarterback in Chargers history.
Gordon also notes that he hears Tampa Bay could be a landing spot as well. That was one of our landing spots in this post. The move to Florida makes that an obvious choice.
Wherever Rivers goes next year, Gordon tells CBS Sports that he is not trying to talk to him about it.
“We have history with [Reich] as well, so it’d be an easy plug-in,” Gordon said. “So I think that’s probably the best fit, but you never know. Tampa, I hear, is a place. I try not to talk to Phil about free agency, he has enough people in his ear about that. I think the Colts, though.”
It’s going to be weird to see Rivers wearing anything but a Chargers jersey next season no matter where he goes, but at this point, it certainly seems that the Colts are the consensus No.1 landing spot among many onlookers.