(CBSLA)– The Philip Rivers era is over for the Chargers franchise, and the Tyrod Taylor era is about to start.
On Tuesday, Rivers signed a one year deal with the Indianapolis Colts, and on Wednesday, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Taylor will be the man under center for the Chargers in 2020.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 18, 2020
Taylor was the backup for the Chargers last season and signed a two-year, $11 million deal with Los Angeles on March 13, 2019. The 30-year-old quarterback replaced Rivers in a Week 14 game last season against the Jacksonville Jaguars, in which he threw a touchdown pass to tight end Virgil Green.
The 2011 sixth-round pick played for the Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, and Cleveland Browns before coming to Los Angeles. Taylor won a Super Bowl with the Ravens when he was Joe Flacco’s backup during the 2012-2013 season.
The Chargers quarterback made the Pro Bowl in 2015 while with the Bills. Taylor’s career record as a starter in the NFL is 23-21-1, and his best season came in 2015, when he threw for 20 touchdown passes and over 3000 yards.
Los Angeles went 5-11 in 2019, and Taylor will have big shoes to fill in replacing the franchise’s all-time leader in passing yards in Rivers.