Retired QB Philip Rivers Contacted Two NFL Teams About Returning During 2022 Season

Former NFL quarterback Philip Rivers, who retired after the 2020 season, reportedly considered coming out of retirement to join either the Miami Dolphins or San Francisco 49ers during the latter part of the 2021 season.

NFL Network's Rich Eisen said that he heard at the NFL Scouting Combine that Rivers had contacted both teams to offer his services as their third-string quarterbacks were injured.

“I heard at the combine … that Philip Rivers contacted both (the 49ers and Dolphins) to come back late last year,” Eisen said. “Philip Rivers contacted both of them is what I heard and that’s the way I heard it. It didn’t happen. Don’t know why it didn’t happen, but I heard at the combine that Philip, once his season was over, is kinda like ‘so the 49ers are going with Mr. Irrelevant?'”

However, neither team took Rivers up on his offer. The 49ers opted to start seventh-round rookie QB Brock Purdy, who played well and led the team to eight straight wins, while the Dolphins went with Skylar Thompson.

Rivers is now 41 years old and has been coaching high school football in Alabama since retiring from the NFL.

We'll have to wait and see if he makes any further attempts at a return to the NFL. Photo Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports