After an offseason rife with rumors of unrest, potential trades and stalling talks, the San Diego Chargers and Philip Rivers surprised many with news over the weekend of a contract extension.
The development was met with excitement by the franchise's fans considering recent speculation the veteran quarterback was unwilling to commit his future whilst talk of relocation persisted.
Clearly Rivers' concerns were aleviated in recent days and now ESPN is reporting that his new contract includes a specific clause that suggests the Pro-Bowler has no intentions of ever leaving the Chargers.
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That's because, according to league sources who have spoken to ESPN, Philip Rivers' $65 million guaranteed deal includes a no-trade clause in the particulars.
Considering Rivers had previously voiced concerns over a Chargers relocation to Los Angeles the no-trade clause is a huge boost for the franchise. It effectively proves the player has moved past those fears and is willing to stick around for the next five years regardless of where the Chargers play their football.
Change of heart
The Chargers, alongside the Raiders, appear increasing favorites to become the city of Los Angeles' latest NFL franchise as soon as 2017.
This had previously been seen as a major issue standing between them and keeping Rivers as their franchise quarterback, with the veteran referencing family life as a reason against him playing in the fast-paced LA environment.
Another interesting side note of the Philip Rivers contract extension is the fact that he now holds the record for most guaranteed money amongst current contracts, exceeding Ben Roethlisberger's $64 million extension with the Pittsburgh Steelers signed earlier this year.