The San Diego Chargers finally reached a contract agreement last night with quarterback Philip Rivers.
Rivers, the fourth overall choice in April's draft, agreed to a six-year deal worth about $40 million, including $14.75 million in bonus money, said a source familiar with the negotiations who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the contract was not yet signed. The deal contains another $10 million or so in possible incentives, the source said.
Rivers becomes the final first-round pick to agree to a contract. Safety Bob Sanders, a second-round selection by the Indianapolis Colts, remains unsigned.
Chargers officials resumed deliberations yesterday with Rivers's Memphis-based agent, Jimmy Sexton. Negotiations between Chargers General Manager A.J. Smith and Sexton had been combative and both sides recently seemed resigned to the dispute spilling over into September.
The Chargers obtained Rivers in a draft-day trade with the Giants that sent top overall choice Eli Manning to New York after he and his agent, Tom Condon, indicated that the quarterback wouldn't play in San Diego.
Meantime, former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Quincy Carter is scheduled to meet today with New York Jets officials, an NFL source said. The Jets could sign him to back up Chad Pennington. The Cowboys released Carter, their incumbent starter entering training camp, 20 days ago, reportedly after he violated the league's substance abuse policy. The NFL Players Association has filed a case with the league's special master, Stephen B. Burbank, contending that the Cowboys violated the collective bargaining agreement, which prohibits a player from being released because of a drug test.
-- Mark Maske