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Philip Rivers' current contract a good deal for Chargers

Good morning.

In this ESPN Insider pieceInsider, NFL Insider Mike Sando takes a different tact with his examination of contracts for veteran NFL quarterbacks. Sando ranks the contracts from a team standpoint, covering the 18 veteran contracts belonging to players earning at least $9 million annually.

San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is No. 5 on the list. Rivers is in the final year of a six-year, $91.8 million deal he signed in 2009. He’s scheduled to make $15.75 million in 2015. Aaron Rodgers tops the list, followed by Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger.

Sando: “There’s a big drop from the first three QBs on this list to Rivers, in terms of physical ability, but Rivers does a fantastic job of compensating with smarts and anticipation. The contract he signed was a very good one from a player perspective, but the age of the deal makes it team-friendly at this point.”

My take: The Chargers want to get a contract extension done with Rivers this offseason, so his status will change once that’s completed. Rivers has proved durable, not missing a game over the life of his current deal. And for the most part he’s kept the franchise competitive on the field.

In other Chargers news, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports the Chargers are working on a five-year, $50 million extension -- with $30 million guaranteed -- to keep defensive lineman Corey Liuget in the fold.

My take: Liuget told reporters after practice Monday that he was close to completing his deal with the Chargers. At 25 years old, Liuget anchors San Diego’s defensive line. He’s led the team in sacks the last two seasons and missed just one game during his rookie contract.

Ricky Henne of Chargers.com writes that receiver Stevie Johnson is getting acclimated in San Diego’s up-tempo offense and developing a good rapport with Rivers.

My take: Johnson has done a nice job fitting in with the rest of the receiver group and said he believes the Chargers can have one of the best offenses in the NFL.

Tom Krasovic of The San Diego Union-Tribune writes that Jason Verrett and Ladarius Green made plays during the organized team activity open to reporters on Monday.

My take: I agree. Verrett has been impressive so far during the practices we’ve been able to watch. And San Diego’s secondary overall appears to be playing faster than last season.