Philip Rivers ‘contacted BOTH 49ers and Dolphins towards end of last season’… as the former Charger considered unretiring for the teams as they battled quarterback injuries
Former Chargers and Colts quarterback Philip Rivers has been officially retired since January 2021, but the 41-year-old apparently considered reversing that decision towards the end of last season.
As the 49ers and Dolphins approached the postseason, both teams were forced to play third-string quarterbacks due to injuries.
And with both squads loaded with skill position talent on offense, Rivers was reportedly interested in joining up with Miami or San Francisco for the stretch run.
‘I heard at the combine … that Philip Rivers contacted both of them to come back late last year,’ NFL Network’s Rich Eisen said Monday.
After injuries to starter Trey Lance and then Jimmy Garoppolo, third-stringer Brock Purdy was inserted into the lineup for the 49ers in Week 13.
The rookie performed admirably, leading the team to eight straight wins including the playoffs, but San Francisco ultimately fell short in the NFC Championship as Purdy was forced to play through a torn UCL.
Philip Rivers retired in January 2021 after one final season with the Indianapolis Colts
Prior to that, he spent 16 years with the Chargers, earning eight Pro Bowl nods
Meanwhile, the Dolphins were forced to play with Skylar Thompson after Tua Tagovailoa suffered a second concussion of the season and Teddy Bridgewater dislocated his finger.
If Rivers did return with the 49ers or Dolphins, he would’ve had plenty of weapons at his disposal.
San Francisco had a four-headed monster of Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk, George Kittle and Christian McCaffrey after the running back arrived via trade, while Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle both topped 1,350 yards at receiver in Miami.
Rivers – who is now a high school football coach in Alabama – addressed the possibility of an NFL return last month,
‘I’m staying right where I am,’ he told the LA Times.