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Packers announce contract extension for QB Aaron Rodgers. He's now highest paid player in NFL history
The $22 million annual average applies over the five years of the extension. That’s the new-money average. Tacking on the two years at $20 million that Rodgers was due to earn under his existing deal, it’s a seven-year, $130 million contract.
That’s an average of $18.5 million — well short of the $20.1 million high-water mark set by Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco last month.
Rodgers’ decision to expose himself to the petty “whose is bigger?” comparisons reflects a pragmatism that will help the Packers remain competitive, if of course they’re willing to spend their cap money. Per a source with knowledge of the deal, Rodgers’ cap number never exceeds $21 million in any year of the contract. In contrast, Flacco’s deal has cap numbers of $28.55 million in 2016, $31.15 million in 2017, and $24.75 million in 2018.
quote:I get your overall premis and agree, but as long as Rodgers is there and healthy, they'll be real contenders just about every year IMO.
With this contract and Mathews insane contract, the packers are going to have draft amazing to be real contenders