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Report: Philip Rivers Would Listen to Saints on Potential QB Opening

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Could Philip Rivers be making an NFL comeback?

Saints head coach Sean Payton said that it would be a great challenge to bring in a quarterback unfamiliar with the team’s offensive system in the wake of Jameis Winston's season-ending knee injury, but a longtime NFL starter could be an option if Payton decides to go that route.

Former Chargers and Colts quarterback Philip Rivers retired after the end of the 2020 season and took over as a high school football coach in his native Alabama this fall, but told Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times that he would listen if the Saints gave him a call.

Rivers said he has not heard anything from the team at this point.

The 5-2 Saints currently sit in 6th place in the loaded NFC but just a half-game back of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the NFC South Division's top seed.

Winston finishes the season with a 14/3 touchdown-to-interception ratio and a passer rating of 102.8.

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