It's A Good Day To Be Aaron Rodgers
By Danny Webster
It's finally done: Aaron Rodgers is getting paid.
According to multiple sources, the Green Bay Packers and Rodgers have agreed to a five-year contract extension that will keep the former Super Bowl MVP in Green Bay through the 2019 season.
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported on NFL Network that this contract extension is worth $110 million, which means Rodgers will make an average of $22 million over the next five years, making him now the highest paid player in the league, two months after Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco's new contract had previously gave him that distinction.
Rodgers is expected to make at least $40 million in the first year of his new deal.
Talks had been going on for weeks and Rodgers was adamant about getting something done before the Packers report to mini-camp and OTAs. Now that both parties have finished those talks, the Packers can now focus solely on rounds 2-7 of the NFL Draft.
"An exciting day for our football program," said head coach Mike McCarthy in a statement. "Aaron is an excellent illustration of a Green Bay Packer. It is truly a blessing to witness his continued accomplishments, both on and off the field."
Rodgers' deal comes off the heels of Green Bay signing outside pass rusher Clay Matthews to a long-term extension as well. Now, the Packers have locked up both of their top-tier playmakers on both sides of the ball for years to come.
Drafted in 2005 by the Packers with the 24th pick, the 29-year-old former league MVP has thrown 21,661 yards and 171 touchdowns in his career, having already won as many Super Bowls as his predecessor, Brett Favre. Rodgers led the Packers to their second-straight NFC North title last year before falling to the San Francisco 49ers in the Divisional Playoffs in 2012.
Since taking over as the Packers' starting quarterback in 2008, Rodgers has led Green Bay to the playoffs in four of his five years under center.