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Matt Miller: Rumors are circulating that Philip Rivers would “love” to play for Titans next year

The Titans quarterback spot is going to be a subject of plenty of speculation over the next few months. Add another name to the list.

Los Angeles Chargers v Tennessee Titans Photo by Silas Walker/Getty Images

Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller has reported that there is a rumor in “league circles” that long time Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers would “love” to play for the Titans next season.

Before we get further into thoughts on that, let’s note that Miller himself couches this as a “rumor”. It’s not something he’s laying out as fact here.

That being said, there is plenty of reason to believe that this particular rumor might actually be true.

Rivers is a free agent at the end of this season and given the way the Chargers are currently trending and the fact that they’re about to move into a new stadium in Los Angeles, it wouldn’t surprise anyone if they decided now was a good time to take it down and rebuild around a young passer. The soon-to-be 38 year old wasn’t thrilled when the team moved to LA in the first place, choosing to keep his famously large family in San Diego and make the long commute back and forth to practices at the Chargers new facility. Rivers was born and raised in the Decatur/Athens area of northern Alabama, just less than two hours south of Nashville and there is reason to believe he might like to get back closer to home.

All that makes perfect sense to me and with the Titans having a QB opening in 2020 and a roster that is ready to at least contend for postseason action, I can see Rivers seeing Tennessee as his perfect landing spot.

The bigger question, to me, is whether or not the Titans would want Rivers. That’s a wild concept for my brain to consider given the history of Titans quarterbacks over the past couple decades and the fact that Rivers is 6th on the NFL’s all-time passing list and has thrown for at least 4,200 yards and 28 touchdowns in each of the past 6 seasons, but here we are.

Rivers has struggled in 2019 after leading the Chargers to a 12-4 record and a road playoff win last year before getting bounced by the eventual champion Patriots. He’s thrown just 15 touchdown passes in 11 games and added 14 interceptions. His yards per attempt of 7.6 is solid, but his overall passer rating of 85.5 and total QBR of just 46.0 are not.

It's been a bad season for Rivers and he’s coming off his worst game of 2019 as he threw 4 picks in a primetime matchup with the Chiefs. I don’t know whether he has another bounce back left in him or not. On one hand, he’s having a terrible season at age 37 and it’s not crazy to think his play has fallen off the proverbial cliff. On the other, he had arguably the best season of his career in 2018 and has played behind a patchwork offensive line this year. Make your jokes about the Titans offensive line if you must, but the five guys the Chargers trotted out there on Monday night make Tennessee’s starters look like All-Pros.

The Titans are almost certainly going to add a veteran, starting level quarterback to the roster for 2020 in the next few months. The runaway favorite — particularly if he helps them make a playoff push — has to be current starter Ryan Tannehill (and he should be). However, Philip Rivers and Tom Brady have both been the subject of speculation with this position now and they both make some level of sense for both sides with the obvious caveat that the team would also be drafting a young quarterback to develop this spring (but that’s likely to be the case no matter who they sign).

How would you feel about the prospect of Philip Rivers in two-tone blue next season? How would you rank the hypothetical options of Tannehill, Rivers, and Brady?

I think you could make an argument that the Titans will be the most intriguing team of the 2020 offseason because of the questions and names surrounding their quarterback position.