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Is Philip Rivers the highest paid player in NFL? (Kind of!)

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Let's take a look at that contract extension Philip Rivers signed with the San Diego Chargers and how it compares to the rest of the league.

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Here's an interesting tweet...

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.

Contract Details:

  • 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
Suffice to say, for at least the next two or three years, Philip Rivers will be one of the richest players in all of football. That, in itself, should shut up anyone who still (inaccurately) believes that the team or its owners are "cheap" when it comes to signing players.