The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are looking to upgrade at the quarterback position this offseason over Jameis Winston. After he threw 30 interceptions last season, it became apparent that head coach Bruce Arians wanted a better quarterback.
Tom Brady has been talked about as the main target for the Buccaneers, but there is another veteran to keep an eye on. That veteran signal caller would be Philip Rivers.
The Athletic has projected that the Buccaneers will end up signing Rivers when everything is said and done.
The Buccaneers have excellent weapons in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, and their defense played well (fifth in efficiency) last season. Bruce Arians decides he’s had enough of Jameis Winston, and Rivers finishes his career in Florida where he recently moved his family.
Rivers would be a huge addition for the Buccaneers. They are a couple of pieces away from contending for a playoff spot. It has been a long time since Tampa Bay has been a contender and they are going to be aggressive this offseason trying to make that happen.
Last season with the Los Angeles Chargers, Rivers put together one of, if not the worst season of his career. He completed 66 percent of his pass attempts for 4,615 yards and 23 touchdowns, but he also threw 20 interceptions.
At 38 years old, Rivers has been vocal about only wanting to play for two more years. The Buccaneers could sign Rivers and then look to bring in a young quarterback to groom for the future.
Arians would be happy with a veteran that he can work with and a young quarterback to develop. It would give him a chance to mold his own quarterback within his system.
Either way, signing Rivers is a legitimate option for the Buccaneers and it wouldn’t be shocking to see them aggressively pursue him when free agency opens.