The 31-year-old quarterback won't be making less money in 2013, he'll just be making it in a different way. Before reworking the contract, Rivers was set to make $12 million in base salary in 2013. However, under the restructured deal, Rivers will make $7 million in base salary and the other $5 million will be converted into signing bonus money.
The conversion from base salary to bonus money means the $5 million can be counted over the life of the contract, which in this case means the money will be spread over the final three seasons of Rivers' current deal.
Restructuring a deal this is close to the regular season is definitely a little odd, but UT San Diego has a theory: the paper believes the Chargers will use the $3.32 in cap savings to sign linebacker Donald Butler to an extension.
The Chargers kick off their 2013 season on Monday when they host the Texans.
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