Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers smiles as he talks to the media about his contract extension in the team's locker room at Lambeau Field on Friday. Lukas Keapproth/Press-Gazette Media
Aaron Rodgers’ contract extension finally is finished.
Aaron Rodgers’ contract extension is finished. The Green Bay Packers announced Friday that they’ve signed their quarterback to what is reportedly a five-year, $110 million extension.
Over seven years, Rodgers' deal totals $130.3 million, or $18.6 million per year. The Baltimore Ravens gave quarterback Joe Flacco $120.6 million over six years in March, an average of $20.1 million per year.
Rodgers will be paid $40 million this year, tying the NFL record for a single season's pay, according to the NFL Network and ESPN reports. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees also was paid $40 million in a single year.
Rodgers had two years left on his current contract at $9.25 million this year and $11 million next year, plus $500,000 workout bonuses each season. With the contract extension added, Rodgers' salary-cap number won't exceed $21 million in any year of the deal, according to Albert Breer of the NFL Network.
The sides had been working on the contract extension for much of the offseason.
“Aaron is a true professional and a special player,” Packers general manager Ted Thompson said in a statement issued by the team. “He works hard, is humble, and is focused on his actions, on and off the field. He is an excellent teammate and pushes himself and others to be the very best. We are happy to reach an agreement to extend his career with the Packers.”
The extension will keep Rodgers with the Packers through the 2019 season, when he'll be 36.
“An exciting day for our football program,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said in the team's 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, 29, was the Packers' No. 1 draft choice out of the University of California in 2005. He became the team's starting quarterback in 2008 and led the Packers to a victory in Super Bowl XLV after the 2010 season.
He has started all but two games in five seasons as the Packers' starter, missing one game each in 2010 and 2011 because of injury.