Has Philip Rivers played his last NFL game? We may have a clearer answer in February, as the veteran quarterback is set to meet with Colts general manager Chris Ballard to discuss his future with the team. Ballard told Colts reporter Larra Overton that he spoke with Rivers on the phone for about an hour and that the two agreed to take a month to themselves before meeting again.
In his first year with the Colts, Rivers had a solid season, leading Indianapolis to an 11-5 record while throwing for over 4,000 yards and 24 touchdowns. The veteran quarterback performed well in the playoffs, passing for over 300 yards and two touchdowns, but it was not enough to beat the Buffalo Bills.
Rivers signed a one-year deal with the team so he would need to sign a new deal in order to return to the Colts. The team has no clear answer at quarterback without Rivers, though the Colts could add someone by the draft or free agency. When asked, Ballard seemed to voice his support for Rivers coming back for another season.
"Do I think Philip Rivers is a winning QB that we can win and go to the Super Bowl with?" Ballard said. "Absolutely I do."
Is that what Rivers wants? Throughout the season, Rivers seemed to want to continue to play for as long as he could, but after the playoff loss, Rivers was a bit more ambiguous, saying that he would do "whatever God's will is for me and my family."