Logistics Of The Rodgers Contract
By Jon Krouner
The Green Bay Packers and quarterback Aaron Rodgers have agreed to a five-year contract extension that makes him the highest-paid player in NFL history.
The extension, which incorporates the final two years of Rodgers’ current contract, is for $110 million, including an NFL-record $62.5 million guaranteed. Rodgers’ average salary of $22 million over the next three seasons is tops in the NFL, eclipsing Joe Flacco’s recently-signed extension. Rodgers will make $40 million in 2013.
Rodgers announced the deal via Twitter Friday afternoon just hours before the second and third rounds of the NFL Draft.
"Big thanks to the Organization, our coaching staff, my teammates, and packer nation for the last 8 years! Excited about 7 more!” He tweeted shortly after
In five seasons since taking the reigns from Brett Favre, Rodgers has averaged 35 touchdown passes and just 9 interceptions per season. In 2010, Rodgers led the Packers to a Super Bowl title. In 2011, Rodgers threw a franchise-record 45 touchdown passes and won the NFL’s MVP Award. His career 104.9 QB rating is the best in NFL History.
Packers General Manager Ted Thompson has been a busy man of late. News of Rodgers’ contract extension comes on the heels of Clay Matthews’ extension, which will pay the linebacker $65 million, including $31 million guaranteed.
Next on Thompson’s to-do list is an extension for defensive lineman B.J. Raji, which could be hampered by the Rodgers and Matthews contracts. The Packers entered the offseason with $17.3 million in cap room, but much of that is consumed by the two contract extensions.
With that said, Thompson should be commended for locking down his top offensive and defensive players for the at least the next three seasons.
Ultimately, Rodgers’ career and the his record-setting contract extension will be judged by the number of Super Bowl rings he brings to Titletown.
No-brainer to lock him up. Yes, it's a lot of money, but if anyone is worth it, it's this guy. I bet in a few years he renegotiates an extension that frees up more cap space, as Tom Brady did this off-season.