- Bovada lists -175 odds that quarterback Philip Rivers will still be with the Los Angeles Chargers for the 2020 NFL season
- The sportsbook pegs the Indianapolis Colts as the second betting choice in this market at +225
- Rivers, 38, has been with the Chargers since the 2004 season
Is Philip Rivers poised to fly away from the Los Angeles Chargers? Bovada doesn’t think so.
The sportsbook is offering the Chargers as the -175 odds-on favorites to retain the services of Rivers. Just a month ago, he was -150 to remain with LA.
The veteran quarterback has spent his entire 18-season NFL career with the Chargers. He’s been their starting QB since the 2006 season.
Odds What Team Philip Rivers Will Play for in Week 1 of 2020 NFL Season
|Team||Odds at Bovada|
|Los Angeles Chargers||-175|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||+1000|
|Las Vegas Raiders||+2000|
Odds taken Jan. 3rd
The Indianapolis Colts are listed as the +225 second betting choice to be the NFL team Rivers is under center for in 2020.
What Does Future Hold for Rivers?
How much does Rivers have left in the tank? That question was posed to Chargers’ general manager Tom Telesco. His assessment was that the veteran QB still has the ability to be a top-level starter in the NFL.
BetOnline offered a fun prop wager on whether it’s more likely Rivers would father a 10th child than play another NFL season.
— Fernando Ramirez (@RealFRamirez) January 3, 2020
He’s coming off a terrible season in which he threw 20 interceptions and the Chargers, one year removed from an AFC Wild Card playoff position, finished up 5-11. That included an 0-6 slate against AFC West opponents.
Telesco indicated that one way or another, the Rivers situation would be resolved prior to the March 18 opening of free agency.
Will Chargers Draft a QB?
On the current roster, there’s not much hope for the future at QB for the Chargers beyond Rivers. His backup this season was journeyman veteran Tyrod Taylor. At the age of 30, Taylor has already taken on starting assignments with the Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns, with at best, mixed results.
“When you think of the Chargers, whether San Diego or L.A., obviously, you think of him. He is a great player." – Andy Reid on Philip Rivers. pic.twitter.com/lCVOftnYpm
— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) December 29, 2019
LA’s third-stringer is Easton Stick. He played college ball for perennial FCS power North Dakota State. Stick has never attempted a pass in the NFL and really, with a name like that, shouldn’t he be a hockey player?
If the Chargers are planning to move on from Rivers, they’ll likely need to spend their first-round draft pick on a QB. Selecting sixth overall, Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow of LSU will be long gone when the Chargers step up to the podium.
I’ll be making my decision on the 6th.. God bless and Roll Tide
— Tua. T 🇦🇸 (@Tuaamann) January 2, 2020
It would be a risky proposition to take Justin Herbert, Jordan Love and Jacob Eason, other top-rated QBs for the 2020 draft, at #6. But there is one intriguing possibility – Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa.
He’s coming off a major hip injury and still hasn’t declared for the draft. If he does, would the Chargers roll the dice on Tagovailoa at #5?
Could it Be Eli’s Coming?
Suppose the Chargers opt to move on from Rivers and elect to draft a QB in the first round. They could always sign a veteran free agent as a stopgap while the rookie develops.
In fact, they could even grab someone who used to be their property.
2004: Giants owned the 4th overall pick. Drafted Philip Rivers, traded the rights for Eli Manning.
2020: Giants will own the 4th overall pick. 2019 was Manning's final season with the franchise.
We've come full-circle. Thank you Eli for your 16 seasons. All class. #GiantsPride
— WBG84 (@WBG84) December 30, 2019
In the 2004 NFL Draft, the Chargers selected Eli Manning first overall. When the Giants selected Rivers with the #4 pick, the two teams immediately traded QBs.
Manning has been pushed aside in New York in favor of 2019 first-round pick Daniel Jones. Wouldn’t it be wild if he opted to finish up where he briefly started, and signed with the Chargers?
Is Brissett’s Goose Cooked?
Jacoby Brissett was the starting QB for the Colts in two of the past three seasons.
Whether it's Chris Ballard or a coordinator or position coach, I think it's telling the first words of praise for Brissett are always that he's a great leader, great teammate and tough player … and never that he's a great passer. Consciously or not, it's always the case.
— Collin McCollough (@cmccollo) January 2, 2020
This season, Indy went 7-9, missed the playoffs and finished third in the AFC South. In 2017, the Colts were 4-12 and third in the AFC South.
Last season, with Andrew Luck at the helm, the Colts were 10-6 and an AFC Wild Card team.
Rivers vs Brissett Stats
|123-101 (.549)||Career Record||12-20 (.375)|
|4,615 (4)||2019 Passing Yards||2.942 (27)|
|288.54 (6)||2019 Passing Yards Per Game||196.1 (34)|
|23 (15)||2019 TD Passes||18 (26)|
|20 (3)||2019 Interceptions||6 (18)|
|88.5 (17)||2019 Passer Rating||88.0 (18)|
|66.0 (10)||2019 Completion Percentage||60.9 (26)|
Has Indy seen enough of Brissett to determine he’s not the answer at QB going forward? For what it’s worth, Colts GM Chris Ballard suggested the jury was still out on whether Brissett was a franchise QB.
This season, both the Denver Broncos (Joe Flacco) and Jacksonville Jaguars (Nick Foles) brought in Super Bowl-winning QBs with disastrous outcomes. Will that deter teams for seeking a quick fix under center?
Rivers Staying Put
The play that makes the most sense from both a betting and Chargers standpoint is Rivers staying right where he is at the moment.
Philip RIvers was in tears following the Chargers last game of the season 🙏
— ESPN (@espn) December 29, 2019
Do what the Giants did with Manning this season – draft a QB in the first round and keep Rivers to start and mentor the kid until he’s ready to take over.
Pick: Los Angeles Chargers (-175)
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