Largest salaries in LA Chargers’ history: 1. Philip Rivers
- 2015 salary: $21.16 million
- 2020 salary: $29.5 million
Philip Rivers is the highest-earning player in LA Chargers’ history and is one of the highest-earning players in NFL history as well. Rivers has the eighth-highest career earnings in NFL history, currently clocking in at $229 million.
That is without his full contract from the Indianapolis Colts this season, who are paying him $25 million for one season. Rivers has only made $12 million of that deal thus far. After 2020, if he decides to hang it up, he will have made just shy of a quarter of a billion dollars.
Rivers’ most profitable season was the 2015 season, where he made a pretty penny off of the Chargers. Not only did he have a $21.16 million cap hit that season, but the veteran quarterback was paid a total of $37.5 million, which is far more than he was paid in any other year.
That cap hit is the number we are focused on, however, and if that salary was paid in 2020 then Rivers would have made $29.5 million. That is a lot of money, but considering he is making $25 million this season, that actually is not that much higher.
This still would have made him the third-highest paid quarterback in the league in 2020. Right now, Dak Prescott and Russell Wilson would be the only quarterbacks to make more, and that is without us knowing if Mahomes’ new contract will impact his 2020 salary (most likely not enough).
The LA Chargers have never had a player that would have made $30 million in today’s game and that is the low end of what Mahomes is going to make for most of his extension. That puts into perspective just how much the Chiefs’ quarterback is getting paid.