Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune speculated in the wake of the record-setting contract between the Giants and quarterback Eli Manning that the long-awaited deal could prompt the opening of negotiations between the Chargers and quarterback Philip Rivers.
We’ll see Acee, and raise him.
A league source tells us that Rivers and agent Jimmy Sexton were intentionally waiting for the Manning deal to get done before launching talks with the Chargers, and that discussions will begin shortly — and possibly already have started.
Officially, neither the Chargers nor the Rivers camp are talking about the situation.
“We don’t discuss contracts,” G.M. A.J. Smith told Acee. “If we have anything regarding Philip, we’ll let you know immediately.”
And so Manning and Rivers, who were swapped for each other during round one of the 2004 draft, continue to be linked. Given that Rivers boasts a career passer rating nearly 17 points higher than Eli’s, look for Rivers and Sexton to try to come away from the bargaining table with even more money.