INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The Indianapolis Colts have a new quarterback in Philip Rivers.
The former San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers quarterback signed with the team on Saturday.
“I really truthfully was hoping it was going to be the Indianapolis Colts,” Rivers said. “I think from the standpoint of the locker room, the team and shoot, I failed to mention that offensive line – that’s a heck of a group.”
“Philip is one of the most decorated quarterbacks in the NFL and we are fortunate to add an experienced player of his caliber to our organization,” said Colts General Manager Chris Ballard in a press release to News 8. “His familiarity with our coaching staff and offensive system in addition to his experience were attractive qualities during our evaluation process. Philip is a fierce competitor and his veteran leadership will be crucial in the continued development of our young roster.”
Colts head coach Frank Reich previously worked with Rivers as the Chargers’ offensive coordinator for two seasons. Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni served as quarterbacks coach for Rivers and the Chargers for two seasons as well.
Rivers has played in 228 career games in his 16 seasons with, all with the Chargers. The eight-time Pro Bowl quarterback also ranks among the top-ten in NFL history in many career categories, including completions (sixth), passing yards (sixth), passing touchdowns (sixth), and 300-yard passing games (fourth).
The 38-year-old said that retirement was a topic of discussion with his family, but Rivers said he knows he can still play at a high level.
“This was probably the first year where my wife and I and really my older daughters and even oldest son – where we did have those discussions,” Rivers said. “I desire to coach high school football when all is said and done. My dad was my high school football coach so I want to coach my boys and coach young boys down the road. So I do know what’s next when my playing time is over. So we did talk about it a little bit. I think really where we settled in was I still love to play.”
Rivers signed a one-year deal reportedly worth about $25 million.