The Saints have lost starting quarterback Jameis Winston for the 2021 NFL season. He suffered a torn ACL and additional damage to his MCL after being brought down awkwardly on a horse-collar tackle in the team’s 36-27 win over the Buccaneers.
The team has plenty of replacement options for Winston on its roster, but there’s at least one proven external option who would consider joining the Saints: Philip Rivers.
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Rivers played for the Colts last season but retired after a 17-year career that he primarily spent with the Chargers. However, he recently told Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times that he would “listen” to an offer from the Saints.
Philip Rivers tells me he hasn’t heard from the Saints but would listen.
— Sam Farmer (@LATimesfarmer) November 2, 2021
Of course, that would require the Saints to be interested in him. At the moment, it doesn’t appear that they are, as Rivers hasn’t heard from them.
“I saw a lot of those things yesterday,” Rivers said in an appearance on “The Opening Kickoff” on WNSP-FM 105.5. “It was interesting to see. Like I told you guys six or eight weeks ago, I’m going to stay somewhat ready in case the perfect storm hits. There’s nothing to it (the Saints talk). It was fun to see yesterday.”
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This is hardly a surprise. The Saints already have three other quarterbacks on their 53-man roster and practice squad with Winston out. Taysom Hill battled Winston for the starting job during the preseason and started four games last year; Trevor Siemian replaced Winston on Sunday and helped guide the Saints to victory; the team also spent a 2021 fourth-round pick on Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book.
So, it appears that the Saints will roll with these options, as head coach Sean Payton expressed confidence in them Monday.
“We’re satisfied with the quarterback room,” Payton said, per ESPN.
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Perhaps if Hill can’t return from a concussion that has held him out since Week 5 or Siemian regresses, the Saints will consider giving Rivers a call. But for now, they don’t appear interested in the veteran.
And he seems perfectly content to continue coaching high school football while he waits to see whether any perfect fits appear.