Philip Rivers has ‘multiple years’ of football left: Frank Reich

At 39 years young, Philip Rivers isn’t done yet.

On the heels of the quarterback’s sour ending to a 16-year marriage with the Chargers, Colts head coach Frank Reich says Rivers has “multiple years” left in the tank.

“I can just tell you I really believe it’s Philip’s intent to play multiple years,” Reich said on Monday after the team’s win over the Raiders. “I’m very optimistic it will be a multiple year thing.”

Rivers signed a one-year, $25 million contract during NFL free agency after a turnover-laden 2019 season was the death blow to his relationship with the Chargers. The team parted ways with him in March in order to usher in a new era with Oregon prospect Justin Herbert, who was selected sixth-overall in the 2020 NFL Draft.

After a shaky five-game start in Indianapolis, Rivers turned things around and has helped lead the Colts to a 9-4 record (tied for first in the AFC South with the Titans). He has completed 68.1 percent of his passes for 3,507 yards (9th in the NFL), 20 touchdowns and nine interceptions through 13 starts and has begun to develop much-needed chemistry with his receiving corps. He has thrown just three interceptions to 13 touchdowns since the team’s Week 7 bye, during which time the Colts have defeated the Raiders, Texans, Packers, Titans, and Lions.

“If he wants, he’s got multiple years of good football left in him,” Reich said. “The way he’s playing right now … we said when we got him here, I said Philip is more than capable (of playing multiple seasons).”

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Philip Rivers
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Philip Rivers
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Rivers becomes a free agent after this season (as does backup Jacoby Brissett), meaning the Colts will have to make a decision whether this will be a one-and-done deal or a longer-term relationship. The veteran would also have to agree to continue playing, which he hadn’t committed to at the beginning of the year.

“I’m taking it one year at a time … I think that’s the best way to do it at 38,” he said during his first press conference as a Colt. “I do feel good, I feel great. If I feel like I feel right now next year, then I’ll be excited to keep going. Again, depending on how the team feels about that and etc. So, I don’t know, I don’t have a number on it.”

Rivers added that his nine children may play a role in his decision to extend his career or call it quits after this year.

“I want to coach my son, my oldest son,” he said. “I have two boys that are 12 and eight (years old). He’ll be a sixth grader, so we have a little bit of time but that is important to me to coach him in high school. So, if that gives you a little idea. I’m not going to get carried away. I don’t think you’ll see me in the Tom Brady range. But I am excited and feel like I can still help a football team go win a championship.”

The team also has 2020 fourth-rounder Jacob Eason on their quarterback depth chart.

The Colts’ next contest comes against the Texans (4-9) in a AFC South divisional clash on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET at Lucas Oil Stadium.

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