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Philip Rivers is going to be a very rich man. The former #4 overall pick in the 2004 draft is approaching the end of his original contract with the San Diego Chargers. With just one year left on a six year deal, it is expected that the Chargers will do whatever it takes to retain their rising superstar QB. Rivers has played well in San Diego, and he'll command top dollar as a free agent. Of course, the San Diego Chargers would much rather sign Rivers to a long-term deal before he actually hits the market, and that deal could be worth upwards of 100 million dollars.
NFL.com's Adam Schefter speculates that Philip Rivers will sign a deal similar to what Ben Roethlisberger signed in Pittsburgh; Roethlisberger signed an 8 year deal worth $102 million, 36 of which is guaranteed.
It's important to note however, that NFL contracts are basically numbers on a piece of paper. The guaranteed money is paid upfront and the franchise can terminate their players' contract at any time. 100 million dollars certainly sounds like an astounding number, but only a portion of it is actually guaranteed.
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