Report: Chargers Are Finished With Philip Rivers

January 27th, 2020

Imagine if the Chargers part ways with Philip Rivers shortly after the Super Bowl, like many teams would do when they’re going to cut a highly-respected veteran in order to give the guy time to find a new team comfortably.

The Bucs cut Josh McCown, for example, on Feb. 11, 2015.

Today, per various reports, FOX super NFL insider Jay Glazer told The Herd that the Chargers are moving on from Rivers.

Glazer, of course, is well known for his impeccable reporting.

No surprise about Rivers, but the real fun will begin if Rivers is cut long before the official start of the 2020 NFL league year in mid-March. That would free him up to tour One Buc Palace, work out for the Bucs and let Tampa Bay play leverage games with America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston.

This is all so intriguing. The Bucs could end the speculation about the most important position on the team, but they don’t want to.

Not yet.

57 Responses to “Report: Chargers Are Finished With Philip Rivers”

  1. Tbbucs3 Says:

    Can Rivers play DB? If so, bring him in!

  2. Alaskan Abdominal Snowman Says:

    They don’t want him? Perfect, let’s pay him double! No, triple!
    It’s a Bucs life!

  3. Check your sheet Says:

    Sign Rivers, draft a rookie qb in the first or second (if a stud offensive lineman is available, take him first), and move the blank on. Let the ATM throw picks for someone else. You will never make a deep run in the playoffs with America’s turnover machine, it’s his nature to take needless risks. Go Bucs!

  4. Craig Says:

    The Chargers are going to draft Herbert and sign Rivers for one more year. He will the bridge for Herbert’s possible ascendancy.

    The Bucs should also draft a QB. There is no reason to reach like the Chargers will, because Herbert is only marginally a first rounder. The Pats might take Love late in the first round, but there will be some good field generals at 28. Fromm, Hurts, Gordon, Morgan, etc.

    The Bucs also trade down on their first pick and get a QB and solid RT in the second round.

  5. miken Says:

    @tbbucs3… if you haven’t noticed, we are in good shape at db… 3 young studs back there now

  6. Ndog Says:

    Well duh they have eyes.

  7. AlteredEgo Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    Sign Rivers and draft a QB …

  8. AlteredEgo Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    If BA “whispered” would Mariota listen ?

  9. Jean Lafitte Says:

    I don’t know why people believe the Bucs will select a QB beyond the first round. If they’re gonna select a QB it will only be in the first round because of the fifth year option. Plus if they do decide to draft a new QB it will be because another team offered Winston a contract after the Bucs franchise tagged him. If that happens, that would arm the Bucs with 3, three, tres first round picks.

    If they resign Winston then they won’t even be interested in drafting a QB. They will bring in a veteran to back him up. Probably Gabbert again.

  10. BrianBucs Says:

    Bucs should sign Rivers, then draft their future starter.
    Bryan Glazer said they would like to be the home team in next year’s Superbowl. That must mean they are dumping Winston and signing Rivers.
    If the Bucs would have had Rivers this year instead of Winston they would have made the playoffs

  11. geno711 Says:

    The GM from San Diego, Tom Telesco, when talking about Rivers sounds almost the same as BA talking about Winston at the end of the season.

    Both talk about options. Neither fully said they are moving on. Neither committed to their past quarterback.

  12. View from 132 Says:

    The NFL would be a lot more fun if they could structure QB contracts as $1M per regular win, $250k per loss with $2M for a playoff win and $5M bonus for a Super Bowl win. Do something similar for each position, and divide by number of snaps … you play 50 out of 100 on defense, you get 50% of that game total.

    Highest paid players would be winners that are always on the field. How about it, XFL?

  13. Ndog Says:

    BrianBucs Says:
    January 27th, 2020 at 4:32 pm
    Bucs should sign Rivers, then draft their future starter.
    Bryan Glazer said they would like to be the home team in next year’s Superbowl. That must mean they are dumping Winston and signing Rivers.
    If the Bucs would have had Rivers this year instead of Winston they would have made the playoffs

    This ⬆️ is a prime example of talking out of your a$$. Dude this statement is absolutely ridiculous. If you had any creditability, which if so was very very little, you just lost it all.

  14. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    The Bucs could end the speculation about the most important position on the team, but they don’t want to.

    Perhaps they just don’t know yet……and, if they did know….what is in it for them to announce it now?

  15. Swampbuc Says:

    I wouldn’t bring Rivers in for a work out just to leverage Winston. That could backfire. If they are truly thinking Rivers gives them a better chance to win now at 38-39 than strong arm Jameis does at 25-26 — well then they’re eating the wrong kinds of mushrooms.

  16. CChead Says:

    Anybody think Rivers can take the pounding that JW did last year and not miss any games? JW was hit something like 160 times. Top 5 in the league.

  17. BrianBucs Says:

    There’s this wonderful thing called Google. To put it simply for you, you can use it to look up stuff.
    Go there and look up “common sense” and “insanity”

  18. Ndog Says:

    Let’s get real they love the attention they are getting. As soon as this deal is settled we will go back to being the non-existent franchise before Jameis got here. That is if he is gone of course.

  19. Tye Says:

    ‘The Bucs could end the speculation about the most important position on the team, but they don’t want to.

    Not yet.’

    Here is my theory:
    At the start of the year the organization starts making calls to Season ticket holders… Many say ‘not until the QB position is resolved’.. Suddenly this QB controversy starts so people will be more likely to buy season tickets…

    THEN (to those who are gullible and foolish) BAM! JW is the starter and they got snuckered!… the old bait and switch scam…

  20. Tbbucs3 Says:


    Im not going to get excited about our DBs based on a small sample size of good play against teams like the Lions and Jaguars.

    I do not yet trust Jamal Dean, Carlton Davis or any of our safeties.

    Sean Murphy Bunting maybe.

  21. Ndog Says:

    BrianBucs I went and looked up those two words and ironically they both said does not apply to BrianBucs.

    Weird right and BTW I also looked up CLUELESS and it says absolutely applies to BrianBucs.

  22. Tbbucs3 Says:

    I like how people say broad statements like “draft their future QB”

    Have you actually looked at the QB options past Burrow, Tua and Herbert? This is not a deep quarterback class folks.

  23. AlteredEgo Say: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    I wonder what Father Dungy is telling the GBoyz… if asked

  24. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    Tbbucs3 – This is so spot on. These morons act like finding guys that throw for 5k yards and 2nd in TD passes is easy. Like bring in Rivers and draft the 17th rated QB in the third round and boom, problem solved. It is beyond frustrating to be a fan of the Bucs when we have the dumbest fanbase right here in Tampa Bay.

  25. JimmyJack Says:

    Tbbucs3……Can’t blame you for wanting to see more but our secondary did more then stop lousy teams.

    Shut down Julio Jones twice and completely shut down D.Hopkins. Those are quality achievements. Shouldn’t be overlooked.

  26. JimmyJack Says:

    These Rivers to Tampa Bay rumors are very good for Rivers. I’m sure his agents are helping stroke that smoke.

    I want Winston back. If not Rivers sounds like a good choice. He would be a fun guy to watch and a guy the fans could really rally behind. I do worry about him struggling to learn this offense like Winston and Palmer did. In that sense it could actually be a step backwards……If I’m signing Rivers I need a 3 year commitment cause that how long it could take. At his age it’s a gamble to say the least.

  27. Eric Says:

    Rivers is 38 years old.

    He had 500 less yards than jameis, and ten less tds. Yes he had ten less ints, but isn’t that a wash?

    I like Rivers as a player, and think he could have a good year with our receivers. But he’s almost 40. The odds of getting any more than one year are remote.

    A 30 year old rivers I’d say heck yes. But this scenario makes no sense to me.

  28. AlteredEgo Say: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says: Says:

    How is Josh McCown’s hamstring healing …any word on that ?

  29. Licht Headed Says:

    Buc fans are the dumbest in the NFL. Rivers on any NFL roster except the Bears and Miami would be two steps back. As for Winston, he should call the Bucs bluff…can get $30M eadily in a multi-year deal from several clubs.

  30. Warrenfb12 Says:

    Rivers isn’t leverage over Winston. Rivers is washed up.

  31. Mort Says:

    We have a much younger Rivers already in Jameis. Forget this old dude. Sign Jameis!

  32. alaskabuc Says:

    They are going to sign him just because all his kids will fill the empty seats at RayJ and make it look like we have an avid fan base.

  33. JimmyJack Says:

    Eric I guess you could call it a wash if that’s how you see it. I Don’t see it that way though. Accumulation of stats doesn’t equal wins. TD totals are nice but some TDs carry more weight then others. Same with turnovers. Some are more costly then others.

    Comparing stats totals is just a lazy analysis in mine opinion. How a QB performs in critical moments means a lot more then stats to me. I’m in support of bringing Winston back in a multi-year deal but to be honest some of his performance in key situations has left a lot to be desired.

    And good point about only counting on one year for Rivers. Not sure how much he’s got left and that better be a focal point if they wanna sign him. If it’s one year and done I want no part of Rivers.

  34. Tampabuscsbro Says:

    So I keep hearing that Winston should leave and that teams are salivating to pay Winston 30+ million a year…WHO ARE THESE CLUBS outside of the Chicago bears which their GM probably won’t give up on trubiskiy anytime soon there is literally no team that would do that none.

  35. Tbbucs3 Says:

    Agreed Eric,

    A 30 year old Rivers in the discussion I’m taking that 9 times out of 10. Yet we have ppl clamoring for a 40 year old QB who just came off the worst season of his career. If those aren’t red flags then I don’t know what are.

  36. stpetebucsfan Says:


    Hey we finally agree about least the first part of your post.

    “As soon as this deal is settled we will go back to being the non-existent franchise before Jameis got here. That is if he is gone of course.”

    Only WINS will make our small market franchise with historic levels of losing become relevant again. You of course BELIEVE #3 will bring all those wins we require to gain any relevancy. I do not disbelieve like so many here. But I’m not convinced and I’m also not convinced the #3 is the ONLY QB who can win here.

    IMO there is only ONE player who could make a difference immediately and that would be the GOAT…Tom Brady. Odds are pretty long we’ll see #12 here.
    Besides do we think Godwin wants to give up his number? LMAO Brady is worth a gazillion…he could buy it from him.

  37. DaBux Says:

    Jason only brings him in if he can kick extra points. Sorry.

  38. JimmyJack Says:

    Tampabucsbro…….I think the Bears would very much be in play if Winston hits free agency. They believe they got a good enough defense to make a run and might like to sounds of adding a 5k passer to it.

    Don’t think it’d be crazy for the Jags to think the same way.

    Colts could be a landing spot or the Raiders/Patriots depending on what they do with their QBs.

    Carolina and Tennessee got question marks at QB……And would it really suprize anybody if Sean Payton threw a big league curveball if Bress retires?

    Then you got all the teams at the top of the draft expected to take QBs. But there’s no guarantees til they actually do.

    Not saying all them teams will have Winston as top option but there are plenty of teams who could be interested.

  39. ATrain Says:

    There is no guessing where the ATrain stands on Winston

    Replace him with the future or atleast someone who has had in the tank

    I believe Rivers is done

  40. Craig Says:

    Yahoo Sports has it the other way. Jameis is going to end up as a Charger. Probably only as a bridge before Herbert takes over. Interesting, did Jameis walk away from the Franchise tag?

  41. Ndog Says:

    Let’s all just face it they screwed this up last off season when they didn’t sign Jameis to a more team friendly 3-4 year deal. Now they either pay him market value or we end up with some retread or rookie trying to learn a new system wasting yet another year of the career of Mike Evans, Shaq, JPP, David, Vea, White, Marley, Davis and many others. This organization has zero foresight and THAT is why always find ourselves a day late and a dollar short.

  42. MadMax Says:


  43. Ndog Says:

    Tom Brady might literally be the worst possible thing that could happen here. Can you say Joe Namath playing for the Rams? Johnny Unitas playing for the Chargers? Emmitt Smith playing for the Cardinals?

    Yeah Brady coming here would end up being worse than all of those combined.

  44. JimmyJack Says:

    NDog….Really they messed up by not signing a long-term deal last year for a guy that we dont even know if they want?

    I mean I somewhat get where the logic comes from since you love the guy but you gotta put yourself in their shoes man……..Even if they sign him it might be for one year only which means their still questioning if he’s good enough. If their questioning it now they certainly didn’t have the answers a year ago.

    And of course what if they let him walk? The messed up not signing a guy they didn’t even want? Think a little.

  45. Jean Lafitte Says:

    A Tom Brady scenario would literally be a all or nothing gamble.

    It would be a Hail Mary and exactly what Peyton Manning did in Denver.

  46. Tbbucs3 Says:

    Does Tom Brady even know who the Bucs are?

  47. catcard202 Says:

    NDog, I think the FO failing to draft Mizzu QB Drew Lock in 2nd rd was a major snafu. A young gunslinger in the fold would have been seen as a STEAL right now & had given the Bucs staff a yr to judge JW3, while also preparing a capable replacement for the eventuality of him leaving in FA.

    When JW3 shat the bed in OT to secure a losing season…It would have been much easier to part ways & move on, knowing what was already in the cupboard.

    Had JW3 locked in & excelled in BA’s 1st yr…Lead team to 2019 play-offs. JW3 getting asecond contract would not be in question & the rook would have become the cost-controlled BU the roster is missing now.

    By not having a real plan B QB on the roster…The FO is almost forced to keep JW3 for 2020. (As neither Gabbert , nor Griffin are it!)

    In the words of Bruce Arians, leading up to the 2019 draft…”When you draft for need, you get fired!”….Well, the FO drafted 2019 for need…That’s why 2020 is play-offs or bust for the FO & Coaching staff.

    Buy not planning ahead for future & betting 2019 farm on fixing JW3, all of them failed to buy themselves a back-door to yr 3. This Licht’s 3rd HC/Staff…3 strikes & you are out!

  48. Billy_45 Says:

    This is getting old, like Phillip Rivers OLD.
    ABSOLUTELY no way anybody plays QB for the Bucs next season other than Jameis Winston.

    BA knows to bring in a RG FA like Scherff AND AND AND draft a RT 1st round.

    Unless SUH doesn’t resign and you gotta take Kinlaw.

    That is ONLY if you get an O Line FA.

    Stop the madness. Follow the 49ers.
    Draft the trenches. PLEASE

  49. Buczilla Says:

    We are not replacing our young quarterback who is prone to acts of buffoonery with a broken down old dude who is prone to slightly less buffoonery. Rivers ain’t getting any better, but there is still hope (slim and none) that Jameis can become competent. Jameis needs another year, but I sure as hell hope that we are working on a legit backup plan.

  50. MTM Says:

    if Winston gives us the best chance of winning. Why hasn’t it worked? What makes one think it will? Is the problem the defense doesn’t score enough points? Does the offense need to do a better job of stripping Winston’s picks after he chucks 6 in a game? Once again 5000 yds is meaningless with 30 picks. How’s it been working out the last 5 years?

  51. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    Mtm they went 5-3 down the stretch when the defense turned the corner finally. They went 9-7 a few years ago when the defense had its last decent stretch of games. Put 2 and 2 together man.

  52. AlteredEgo Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    Jameis does not deserve franchise tag type money…. that is the cunnumdrum

  53. Tbbucs3 Says:

    “Rivers ain’t getting any better, but there is still hope (slim and none) that Jameis can become competent. Jameis needs another year, but I sure as hell hope that we are working on a legit backup plan.“

    Nailed it, Bucszilla my thoughts exactly.

  54. Ndog Says:

    JimmyJack I do think and I think we are going to be screwed no matter what at this point and that’s the problem. We are in a no win situation, either we overpay Jameis now or let him walk and get a downgrade at the QB for at least 8-10 games, but probably much longer. No matter what, we are not going to be in a good spot unless we get a serious home town discount from Jameis, which know by now isn’t happening.

  55. The Man Says:

    Sign Jameis!

  56. Crabby Fan Says:


    Just curious who you have in mind that would be a good replacement for JW if released?

    I’m referring to this year’s possible free agents or draftees.

    I am not being sarcastic with this question though…

  57. T REX Says:

    Rivers and Winston are washed up.