On Wednesday, Philip Rivers announced his retirement following 17 seasons in the NFL.
The 39-year-old lost on Wild Card Weekend in his first season with the Colts, who now need a quarterback for the 2021 season.
This is where it impacts the Patriots, as it’s another team in the quarterback market, essentially looking for the same thing as them — either a long-term answer at the position or a stopgap until that player is found.
Rivers retiring also could potentially decrease the chances of Jacoby Brissett becoming available as a free agent. Brissett has been with the Colts since 2017 and has started 30 games for them.
The 28-year-old has shown he can be a solid player in the league and the Colts would be doing themselves a disservice by not trying to bring him back to at least compete for the starting job.
Some have floated the idea that he could potentially be an option for the Patriots.
Another thing to keep an eye on is if Carson Wentz is made available, the Colts could be the perfect trade partner given Frank Reich’s time in Philly. While it’s unclear how much interest the Patriots would have in Wentz if made available, if he is, New England likely wouldn’t be at the top of the list for potential destinations now that Indy also needs a QB.
And then when it comes to the draft, the Colts will select at No. 21 overall, which is six slots behind the Patriots, but they will need to be aware of them and their interests because they are in striking distance to trade up and potentially move ahead of the Patriots in the draft.
While Rivers retiring doesn’t directly impact the Patriots, it does mean another team is in the QB market and could potentially make things just a little harder for them to find the answer at the position.