Here's an interesting tweet...
68M earned by #Chargers Rivers in 1st three paper yrs of deal (15-17); tops in league. Passing #Panthers Cam 67.2M | http://t.co/OYlgyamcZa— Jimmy /J.I./ Halsell (@SalaryCap101) August 19, 2015
How did Jimmy get that $68 million number for the first three years of Philip Rivers' deal? Simple;
2015: $15 million
2016: $16.5 million
2017: $14 million
Signing Bonus: $22.5 million
Now, that tweet is somewhat incorrect. 2015 is not the first year of Rivers' deal, it's the last year of his previous contract extension with the San Diego Chargers. However, it's about time we run through some other fun rankings of Rivers' odd contract extension.
- 4 years, $83,250,000 (this number is the total that could be earned by Rivers, should he hit every incentive in the contract)
- 20th biggest active contract in NFL, just behind Ben Roethlisberger
- 4th biggest contract based on average-per-year ($20,812,500), trailing only Roethlisberger, Russell Wilson, and Aaron Rodgers
- The most guaranteed money in any NFL contract ($65,000,000). Next closest is Russell Wilson ($61,542,000), who is 26 years old