Philip Rivers says he's picking between Colts return and retirement after playoff loss

Jack Baer
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Philip Rivers’ first season with the Indianapolis Colts is officially over, and we’ll soon find out if it will also be his last in the NFL.

The veteran quarterback addressed the possibility of retirement after his team’s 27-24 wild-card loss to the Buffalo Bills on Saturday, making clear that he will be either hanging up his cleats or playing with the Colts next season.

From NBC Sports:

“No, it’s not that easy,” Rivers said in his postgame news conference. “I don’t go this route with an answer often, but I think this probably sums it up. Whatever God’s will is for me and my family, if it’s here in Indy playing another year then we’ll be here. And if it’s not, I’ll be on the sidelines with a ball cap coaching the heck out of a high school football team down in south Alabama. Whatever God’s will is is what I want to happen, and I’ll be fine with that. Obviously, if I go on and on with that answer, it’ll be nothing but a bunch of emotion talking. At the end of the day, that’s clearly what will guide the decision.”

The 39-year-old Rivers signed a one-year, $25 million deal with the Colts last offseason after a 16-year career with the Los Angeles Chargers. He is set to hit free agency again this spring, but apparently has little interest in finding a third team in three years.

Rivers got emotional when talking about his time with the Colts:

If Rivers decides to play another year, Colts head coach Frank Reich indicated he would be welcome to return:

In 16 games with the Colts, Rivers posted 4,169 passing yards, 24 passing touchdowns and 11 interceptions, averaging 7.7 yards per pass attempt. He went 27-for-46 with 309 yards and two touchdowns on Saturday against the Bills, but came up short on a potential game-winning drive.

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