BENDER: Rivers-Reich pairing gives Colts legit hope againHe admitted he was not at his best in the 2019 season, when he threw 20 interceptions for a team that missed the NFL playoffs, which led to him contemplating the idea of walking away from the sport.Rivers, however, retains the hunger to keep on playing, and he says it “just all worked out” to reunite with Colts coach Frank Reich and offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni, who worked with Rivers when they were with the Chargers.”I think really where we settled in is I still love to play, certainly not coming off my best year [in 2019], but I know I still can play at a high level,” the eight-time Pro Bowler told reporters Saturday. “It was one of those deals where we said if there’s nothing else out there then [retirement will] be our answer. I don’t want to just try to hang on to play.”He added: “I was still excited about playing and hoping to get another opportunity to continue my career and certainly thankful that it’s going to be with the Colts.Frank Philip🤝Reunited pic.twitter.com/u74EeliOuP— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) March 21, 2020″It just all worked out. I am just super thankful the way it worked out and excited to — again — be a part of it, because we know this is the ultimate team game.” A message from the man himself: pic.twitter.com/2clX1UcAAL— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) March 21, 2020Rivers has not ruled out carrying on beyond his new contract — which is reportedly worth $25 million — but he has no plans to follow the lead of Tom Brady, who will be playing in the league at 43 after joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free agency.”I don’t think you’ll see me in the Tom Brady range, but I am excited and feel like I can still help a football team go win a championship,” he said.Following Rivers’ arrival, and with Jacoby Brissett — last season’s starting quarterback — still on the roster, the Colts have released Brian Hoyer, who joined the team last September. Philip Rivers says he considered retirement before he signed a one-year contract to join the Indianapolis Colts, but he is confident he can still play at a high level. The 38-year-old quarterback will be embarking on a new experience with the Colts after spending his entire NFL career with the Chargers, first in San Diego and then in Los Angeles.