Induction Year: 2023
Category: Football, Pro Sports and Sports Business
A Riverhead native, Ed McGuire is in his 35th NFL season and 25th with the Chargers. He has worked in the football operations staff with the Chargers since joining the team in 1998. Named Executive Vice President of Football Administration/Player Finance in 2013, McGuire serves as the club’s chief negotiator and manages the salary cap while overseeing compliance with NFL and Collective Bargaining Agreement rules. Throughout his tenure with the Chargers, McGuire has negotiated numerous long-term contracts and contract extensions. In 2004, he negotiated an eight-year contract extension for Hall of Fame running back LaDainian Tomlinson, who earned NFL MVP honors in 2006 and led the league in rushing in back-to-back seasons (2006-07) during the contract. At the time, the deal was the largest contract signed by a running back in NFL history. McGuire also negotiated Philip Rivers’ six-year, 92 million-dollar contract extension in 2009 — the largest player contract negotiated in team history at the time — and Rivers’ 2015 contract extension. In the past two years, McGuire negotiated new contracts and extensions for several key players, including standouts Keenan Allen, Joey Bosa and Mike Williams, locking up three of the team’s best players for the foreseeable future. He has been a member of the NFL Player Insurance Trust since 2002. He also worked for the NFL’s Management Council and worked for the NFL as a Player Personnel Analyst.