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Rivers 'optimistic' he's next after Giants QB Manning receives big deal

  • By Associated Press
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SAN DIEGO -- News of Eli Manning's six-year, $97.5 million contract extension was duly noted in San Diego, where Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is entering the last year of his deal.

Manning briefly was property of the Chargers, who took him No. 1 overall in the 2004 NFL Draft, before being traded to the New York Giants for Rivers and a handful of picks.

Philip Rivers , QB
San Diego Chargers

Career Statistics
Completion Pct.: 62.3
Passing Yards: 10,697
TD/INT: 78/36

Rivers said after Wednesday morning's practice that he's optimistic and hopeful that he'll be in San Diego for a long time. But there apparently hasn't been much movement on talks between Rivers' agent, Jimmy Sexton, and the Chargers regarding an extension.

"We really haven't talked much about it," said Rivers, who had more passing yards (4,009) and touchdown passes (34) than Manning last season. "When talks pick up, you'll know. Until then, my focus is on helping this team get better."

Manning has something Rivers doesn't -- a Super Bowl ring. The third member of the Big Three quarterbacks from the 2004 draft class, Ben Roethlisberger, has won two Super Bowl titles with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Chargers haven't been to the Super Bowl since Rivers became their starting quarterback in 2006. They made it to the AFC title game two years ago before losing to the New England Patriots.

The Chargers have several key players with expiring contracts, including outside linebacker Shawne Merriman and left tackle Marcus McNeill. However, Rivers' extension would seem to be the team's top priority.

Sexton didn't return an e-mail seeking comment Wednesday. Chargers general manager A.J. Smith didn't return a call.

Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press


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