Philip Got Paid

The greatest quarterback in college football history, Philip Rivers, signed a six-year contract extension with the Chargers worth $92 million ($38-39 million guaranteed).

“This is a great day for the Chargers and Chargers fans,” team president Dean Spanos said. “Philip has proven he has all of the necessary qualities to be a successful quarterback in the NFL. He’s a proven winner and an unquestioned leader for this football team.”

This is slightly less per year than Eli Manning, who recently signed for six years, $97.5 million. Although, to his credit, Eli did somehow manage to stumble into a Super Bowl two years ago with a 73.9 passer rating. But take a look at Eli’s vs. Philip’s stats and decide for yourself who is worth more. And then remember it’s not Philip’s fault both State’s San Diego’s defense and T.A. L.T. suck so bad.

No word yet on contract negotiations between A Store Divided and 2003 Heisman Trophy winner Jason White.

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8 Responses to Philip Got Paid

  1. Cosmo96 08/25/2009 at 2:15 PM #

    Speaking of the Heisman Trophy, when did they officially stop awarding it to the most outstanding college football player of the year, like what was originally intended? I mean, we know it was sometime before 2003. That’s a given. I’m just trying to figure out when it was decided that it would just be given to someone playing for the National Championship.

    What the Heisman voters should do is just drop all pretense and pick the starting quarterbacks and running backs off the two teams playing for the national title. Or better yet, really drop all pretense and not even have Heisman voters anymore. Instead, just openly let the wonks at ESPN decide. Either way, they will then have their four finalists, pick their winner, and use him to hype the title game. It will either be his last hurrah, or redemption for one of the guys who got “snubbed”.

  2. Alpha Wolf 08/25/2009 at 2:57 PM #

    The Heisman Trophy is really a public relations award, and that’s all that needs to be said.

  3. ruffles31 08/25/2009 at 4:01 PM #

    It stopped awarding it to the most outstanding college football player of the year in 1997 when Peyton Manning was screwed out of the Heisman by Charles Woodson and the PR machine known as ESPN.

    Manning was the runaway leader for the 1st 2/3 of the year. Then to make the announcement more exciting, they had to get a worthy challenger. So, they (ESPN, and the College Gameday— outside of Chris Fowler who voted for Manning) started pumping up Woodson, who was a very good college player himself. And then it snowballed. Media everywhere believed that it was time to have a non-offensive player win the Heistman…oops, Heisman. And it isn’t like Manning was on a bad team. At the end of the year, they were ranked 3rd only behind co-champions Michigan (with Woodson) and Nebraska (who beat the Vols in the Orange Bowl during the great days of the Bowl Alliance).

    As far as Rivers not winning it or not even being invited to the ceremony, that fault rests with Amato, for not having a good enough team around him. Amato was very up front in saying as much. If the Pack finishes 9-3 or 10-2 that year, Rivers has a good chance at winning it. Finishing 7-5 doesn’t cut it anymore. You have to be on a top 5 team to have a legitimate chance to win it this year.

  4. Alpha Wolf 08/25/2009 at 4:09 PM #

    ^ You simply cannot lay it all on Amato. There’s a PR game that Annabelle Myers either sucks at or didn’t play at all. Press members are bombarded with stats and clippings every week from Heisman contenders’ SIDs.

    And we all know that she’s done a great job…

  5. burnbarn 08/25/2009 at 4:15 PM #

    So, is the $97MM the absolute total maximum compensation in the contract including all incentives?
    Maybe it is guaranteed for 3 seasons and then the others are based performance?

  6. BJD95 08/25/2009 at 4:19 PM #

    In the NFL, guaranteed money is all that matters. The rest is largely window dressing. I’m sure it will get restructured again in 3-4 years.

  7. GAWolf 08/25/2009 at 5:55 PM #

    Good work, P-Riv! The kid deserves it.

  8. blpack 08/25/2009 at 9:05 PM #

    God bless Rivers! Good luck to him and may he spend it wisely. He is worth every penny.

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