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Colts Owner Jim Irsay Thinks New QB Philip Rivers is a “Young 38”

If you think that 38 years old is too old to play quarterback in the National Football League – make sure Colts owner Jim Irsay isn’t around to hear you say it.

Irsay is a big fan of Rivers, the new Colts signal caller, and told the official site as such saying that despite being 38 years old, Rivers is a ‘young’ 38.

“I tell ya, I believe Philip is a young 38,” Irsay said to Colts.com.

“We see guys like Drew Brees now, and Tom Brady, playing and doing great things after 40. It won’t even be until 2021 (in) December when Philip gets 40.

“So I think he is a guy with elite leadership, a great release, and what makes it so good is I feel we have the best offensive line in football, and that’s the thing that takes a long time to build.”

The Colts last season were competitive with Jacoby Brissett as their starter, but Brissett was injured and the team just didn’t do enough late in the season to win enough games to make the postseason.

With Rivers now running the show at the QB spot, Irsay and the team feel that they are ready to compete for the AFC South, and also with no more Tom Brady in the AFC as a whole they feel they can take the entire conference.

Let’s see if Rivers can stay young in 2020 and if Irsay’s hope that youth will rule. If so, the Colts have as good as a shot as anyone in the AFC moving forward.

Colts Ink Former Chargers Franchise Quarterback Philip Rivers

It’s official – the Indianapolis Colts have a quarterback to put them back on the map foe the 2018 season.

Saturday the team put out via an email that the team and the veteran quarterback have come to terms on a deal that paid The Colts have signed veteran free agent Philip Rivers, an eight-time Pro Bowl selection who currently sits sixth in NFL history in both career passing yards (59,271) and touchdowns (397).

“Philip is one of the most decorated quarterbacks in the NFL and we are fortunate to add an experienced player of his caliber to our organization,” Colts general manager Chris Ballard said.

“His familiarity with our coaching staff and offensive system in addition to his experience were attractive qualities during our evaluation process. Philip is a fierce competitor and his veteran leadership will be crucial in the continued development of our young roster.”

Colts and Veteran LT Anthony Castonzo Agree on Two-Year Deal

The Indianapolis Colts might be undecided at the quarterback spot for 2020 and beyond, but one position that the team won’t be looking to figure out is that of the left tackle spot.

That position will be manned for the next couple of seasons barring injury by Anthony Castonzo, who the team came to a deal with on Sunday.

Tom Pelissero of NFL Network and NFL.com reports that Castonzo will return to the Colts on a two-year extension worth $33 million.

Castonzo said he was not interested in going to another team, as he was trying to figure out if he should return to the Colts or retire.

When the vet takes the field for the first time in 2020, it will be for his 10th season, and he’s been a staple on the offensive line for the team during that time.

“We think a lot of Anthony Castonzo,” Colts GM Chris Ballard in January.

“I do think Anthony Castonzo’s playing at a high level still, I think he’s got three or more more years of high-level play at left tackle.”

Check Out the Greatest Plays from the Colts From the 2019 Season

While the season didn’t end with a title, the Colts did have some great moments in 2019 despite their franchise quarterback retiring before the start of the regular season.

Here’s a video from NFL.com highlighting the best plays of the season for the Colts.

Who Would the Colts Use the Franchise Tag on If Needed in 2020?

USA Today has released an interesting article regarding the ever unpopular (at least for players) ‘Franchise tag’ and how team’s may use it in 2020.

It seems like every team has an option to use the franchise tag, which stops a player from even negotiating with outside teams and forces them to stay put.

To see the entire list of all 32 teams and the players that might be franchised, click HERE.

Here’s what the article has to say about the Colts, who they say may franchise left tackle Anthony Castonzo.

LT Anthony Castonzo would be a justified recipient, but he plans to re-sign with Indianapolis after mulling retirement.

Colts QB Jacoby Brissett Not Sure What the Future Will Bring in Indianapolis

Colts QB Jacoby Brissett doesn’t know his future when it comes to being a member of the club, as there’s been plenty of rumors that Indy is going to be in the market for a new quarterback for 2020.

Brissett took in a little XFL football on Saturday, and via Pro Football Talk he said he doesn’t know what his future will be.

“I’m just doing my job,” Brissett told Diana Russini of ESPN from the sideline of Saturday’s XFL game between the Seattle Dragons and Houston Roughnecks.

There’s no job to currently be done, because the NFL currently is in the midst of one of the only dark periods of the offseason. But, still, his Patriot Way point applies any day of the year. All he can control is what he can control, and he can’t control if the Colts look elsewhere at the position.

Brissett led the Colts to a 5-2 start. He suffered a knee injury against the Steelers, and when he returned he was never quite the same as he’d been prior to the injury.

Colts LT Anthony Castonzo Expected Back in 2020 Says Irsay

During a somewhat impromptu and wide-ranging news conference Sunday afternoon at the Colts practice facility, team owner Jim Irsay strongly hinted the Colts’ nine-year starter at left tackle, Anthony Castonzo, will not retire — a possibility Castonzo suggested at the end of the 2019 season — and will return to the Colts for his 10th season, the Indianapolis Star reports.

“I haven’t talked to Anthony personally, but he’s a Pro Bowl left tackle and we want him to come back,” Irsay said. “I think there’s a strong likelihood that he will, but I think Chris will have more on that in the coming weeks. I’m hopeful.”

Last month, Colts coach Frank Reich called Castonzo one of the best left tackles in football.

“I think he should be in there. I don’t even understand (how Castonzo has never made the Pro Bowl).”

Philip Rivers to the Colts? One Chargers Teammate Thinks It’ll Happen

Searching for potential landing spots for veteran Philip Rivers, few stand out as obvious choices to sign the 38-year-old quarterback.

More and more, however, Indianapolis leaps to the forefront as a destination NFL.com reports.

One of Rivers’ former teammates of the past five seasons, Melvin Gordon, believes Indy will be the choice, but made it clear during an interview last week on CBS Sports that he has no inside information.

“I think he goes to the Colts,” Gordon said. “I don’t know, that’s just my thought.”

Gordon, who is also set to become a free agent, used logical dot-connecting to come to his conclusion, noting that Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni previously worked as a Chargers assistant for five years. The relationship between Rivers and Sirianni would make a transition easier for a player who was with the same franchise the past 16 seasons.

“He has [connections],” Gordon said. “Nick… he came from here, we had him, and he’s the offensive coordinator there. They run the same playbook, so it’d be easy, he could come right in and he could be telling guys what to do, he knows what’s going on already.”

Could QB Brian Hoyer Be on the Chopping Block for the Colts This Offseason?

Numberfire.com has out a list of one player for each AFC team they think might be on the chopping block this offseason.

For the Colts the site has picked QB Brian Hoyer as the player that could find himself released. Here’s what they have to say about Hoyer getting cut.

Indianapolis Colts – QB Brian Hoyer

Dead Cap Hit $2M, Cap Saving $3M

It is possible that Jacoby Brissett might not be the long term answer at quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts. But his position atop the depth chart is far more certain than the player immediately beneath him. Brian Hoyer played a meaningful number of snaps in two games in 2019, games that saw him throw four touchdowns to four interceptions while completing just 53.8% of his passes.

Hoyer’s 2020 cap hit is far too large for a player the team would be hoping will take no part in the proceedings, and a younger, cheaper backup to Brissett can surely be found — at least until the team decides what to do next.