Wow…6 years, $92 million…with $38.5 million in guarantees…NICE!!
So, among the “2004 Trio” of Rivers, Eli Manning, and Ben Roethlisberger, the salaries are similar. In 2008 Roethlisberger received an 8-year, $102 million extension while Manning’s recent “biggest contract in the league” was worth $97 million with $38 million guaranteed over 6 years.
Yes, I know Rivers doesn’t have a ring…yet…an the others do; however, let’s take a look at last year’s stats, shall we?
Rivers: passer rating 105.5 (1st), passing yards 4,009 (5th), TDs 34 (T-1st), INTs 11 (T-14th)
Manning: passer rating 86.4 (14th), passing yards 3,238 (17th), TDs 21 (T-10th), INTs 10 (T-11th)
Roethlisberger: passer rating 80.1 (24th), 3,301 (14th), TDs 17 (15th), INTs 15 (T-28th)
Pittsburgh won the Super Bowl because of their defense, certainly not due to Roethlisberger’s prowess (or apparent lack thereof.) Oh, and also because of horrible officiating. The Arizona Cardinals should have won (but I digress.)
At any rate, Rivers does say that with 4 kids, he’ll be keeping his minivan because it’s the most practical.