I was kindof hoping that Rivers contract renewal would be put off til next season and a potential uncapped year... mainly so the Pats could wait until the 2010 contract year themselves and get Brady done before Rivers set the bar any higher than Manning's contract. Actually I was hoping that Brady's could get redone before both Manning and Rivers were next season but that obviously wasn't in the plans of the Giants or Chargers. Philip Rivers gets his big contract | ProFootballTalk.com Now the bar is set a bit higher - though luckilly only a bit, as whether its $34 million guranteed or $38.5 million guranteed it's still a lot of money - but not something that's impossible to do. Heck - someone once said "it is what it is" - and I don't think any of us expect that Brady will re-sign on the cheap. I guess the question becomes whether younger but less successful QBs deserve more, less, or the same amount as an older Brady with 3 rings (and hopefully 4 by next season). I guess on the bright side we're not talking about dropping nearly that much in guaranteed money on an uproven rookie QB like the Raiders did with Russell.