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Monday, August 24, 2009
Calm Rivers extends stay with Chargers


Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

When I saw Philip Rivers in early August, he said talks about a contract extension in San Diego were going nowhere.

But Rivers, who was entering the final year of his contract, wasn't complaining. He said the talks would pick up naturally and if they didn't, he vowed not to let the situation became a distraction.

 It was yet another example of what a calm, reasonable leader Rivers is and another example to that he is the type of player who is worth investing in.

Monday, the Chargers and Rivers came to an accord after a quiet final contract push. Rivers signed a six-year, $92 million deal that will keep him in San Diego through 2015 and through the prime of his career. Rivers is entering his fourth season as a starting quarterback and he will turn 28 in December.

This is a fantastic deal for both the Chargers and Rivers. The Chargers have one of the best young quarterbacks in the league, who is the face of the franchise and who is a strong leader. Rivers has one of the best contracts in the league.

"This is a great day for the Chargers and Chargers fans," said team President Dean Spanos. "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."

It is no coincidence that this deal caught steam after the Giants signed Eli Manning to a six-year, $97 million deal this month. I guess winning a Super Bowl is worth $5 million. The two quarterbacks were the center of a 2004 draft-day trade.

With Manning's deal done, the Chargers and Rivers had a model to work with. It was clear both sides wanted to make it happen and making it happen was the best decision both sides could make.

The Chargers and Rivers are a perfect match and they will continue to be one for at least another six years.