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Philip Rivers Signs One-Year, $25 Million Deal with the Indianapolis Colts

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For the first time in his NFL career, Philip Rivers will play for a team other than the San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers.

He announced as much last month, when the two sides mutually agreed to part ways. Now we know where Rivers will be playing football next year though, as the first-time free agent has agreed to terms with his new team.

Rivers will sign a one-year, $25 million deal to become the starting quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts.

The 38-year-old quarterback will likely supplant the incumbent Jacoby Brissett, after Brissett had an uneven season starting for the Colts.

Brissett was supposed to take over the role of being the franchise quarterback last year, when Andrew Luck announced his surprise retirement from the NFL.

The 27-year-old led the Colts to a 7-8 record in his 15 starts, throwing for 2,942 yards and 18 touchdowns, with just six interceptions. Brissett has show some promise, but the Colts feel like Rivers gives them the better chance to win now.

With Rivers in place, Brissett could be on the move, with plenty of interesting trade destinations that could give him a better chance to start.

The Colts will try to recoup some value if or when they trade Brissett, before moving on with Rivers as the new franchise quarterback.

Still, with Rivers being far closer to 40 than 30 years old, the move itself is a little bit odd. On the surface you can say that Rivers is a future Hall of Famer. At the same time, he threw 20 interceptions last season and only won five games with the Chargers.

Indianapolis is hoping that with their great offensive line, they can help bring Rivers a fountain of youth that once again makes him one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.

Rivers currently sits with 59,271 career passing yards. As long as he stays healthy, he will likely pass Dan Marino’s mark of 61,361 yards to move into fifth-place on the all-time list.

Hopefully for the Colts sake, Rivers does more than just add to his numbers this season and helps them make a legitimate run in the AFC.

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Patrick Mahomes Signs Largest Contract in Sports History

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For the first time in the history of sports, an athlete has signed a contract worth half a billion dollars. That athlete is coming off the heels of winning his first Super Bowl MVP and hopes to have a long career of personal and team success ahead of him.

In his first two seasons playing in the NFL, Patrick Mahomes has won a league MVP and the Super Bowl. Now Mahomes has signed a 10-year contract extension worth $503 million.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the contract is a 10-year deal worth $45 million a year, which will pay Mahomes $450 million over that span. Assuming he stays healthy, Mahomes will be the quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs through the 2031 season. If he does get hurt, there is still $140 million in injury guarantees.

Along with the $450 million, Mahomes has guarantee mechanisms in his contract (to account for the rising salary cap) that can take his contract up to $477 million. If those mechanisms aren’t met, Mahomes can opt out of the deal.

Finally, there are $25 million in incentives that Mahomes can reach, taking the total potential value of his new contract to $503 million.

At just 24 years old, Mahomes has quickly became regarded as the best quarterback in the NFL. He has now proven he can win and play well in the biggest moments, while producing gaudy statistics along the way.

There is truly no telling what the Chiefs will do over the next 12 years that they have Mahomes as the face of the franchise. It is clear though that they believe they have a dynasty on their hands and Mahomes will get paid handsomely through every minute of it.

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Patriots Dynasty Given New Life with Cam Newton Signing

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When Tom Brady signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the AFC East looked to be wide-open for the time in two decades. The New England Patriots were set to go into this season with unproven young quarterback Jarrett Stidham and journeyman Brian Hoyer.

Then over the weekend, Bill Belichick once again reminded everyone why the Patriots have been atop the sport for so long, as his patience paid off and they landed a former MVP quarterback to replace the one that left them in free agency.

Cam Newton is coming off an injury-plagued season that saw him play just two games, leading to his eventual release by the Carolina Panthers this offseason. Still, he signs with the Patriots on a one-year deal which comes at incredible value for New England.

Newton was the league MVP in 2015, when he led the Panthers to the Super Bowl after going 15-1 in the regular season. He has been one of the most elite dual-threat quarterbacks in the NFL since arriving to league as the first overall pick back in 2011.

Across the first eight seasons of his career, Newton averaged 3,500 passing yards, 23 passing touchdowns, 600 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns per season. Now due to the unprecedented circumstances of this offseason, he simply fell into New England’s laps.

The most money that Newton will make this season in $7.5 million if he hits all of his incentives. There also is not any provision in his contract that prohibits the Patriots from putting the franchise tag on him next year if Newton has a big year.

Essentially the Patriots landed, at worst, one of the best backup quarterbacks in the league on a minimum deal if he does not win the starting job. Assuming he is healthy, Newton is an affordable quarterback that can have a monster bounce-back year and lead the Patriots for the next few seasons.

Once again the New England Patriots have become the envy of all teams in the NFL. Only time will tell though if the dynasty truly can live one without Tom Brady.

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Andy Dalton Signs One-Year Deal with the Dallas Cowboys

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When the Cincinnati Bengals released Andy Dalton, everyone was wondering where the 32-year-old quarterback would sign now that he was a free agent.

The New England Patriots and the Jacksonville Jaguars were among some of the potential landing spots that were suspected to pique Dalton’s interest, but nobody had him signing with the Dallas Cowboys.

Yet that is exactly where Dalton will end up, as the Cowboys shocked everyone on Saturday night by signing him to a one-year deal worth up to $7 million.

You can imagine that playing for the Cowboys was always a dream for Dalton, as he was born and raised in Katy, Texas, which is located about three hours outside of Dallas.

Dalton went on to play college football at Texas Christian University and would set nearly all school quarterback records during his time with the Horned Frogs. Dalton was then drafted by the Bengals with the 35th overall pick back in 2011.

He has gone on to have a very good NFL career starting for the Bengals and will now look to compete with Dak Prescott in Dallas.

If all goes as planned for the Cowboys, Prescott won’t miss any time next season and Dalton won’t ever see the field. But by signing Dalton, the Cowboys have a great contingency plan in place.

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