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Rodgers' contract extension includes $35M signing bonus

Apr. 29, 2013
 
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers talks to reporters in the team's locker room at Lambeau Field after his contract extension was announced Friday. Lukas Keapproth/Press-Gazette Media
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers talks to reporters in the team's locker room at Lambeau Field after his contract extension was announced Friday. Lukas Keapproth/Press-Gazette Media

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ contract extension contained a $35 million signing bonus and will pay him $130.75 million if he fulfills the entire deal.

According to a source with access to NFL Players Association salary information, Rodgers’ $40 million in 2013 pay is broken down like this: a $35 million signing bonus, a $4.5 million base salary and a $500,000 workout bonus.

The signing bonus was prorated over the first five years of the contract, meaning the bonus will count $7 million on the salary cap in each of those seasons. There is no proration in the final two years of the deal.

The deal contains a total of $54 million in guaranteed money. A $9.5 million roster bonus in both 2014 and 2015 is part of the guaranteed money.

Rodgers’ salary-cap charge for this season is $12 million. Those numbers increase each year to the following: $17.9 million in 2014, $18.6 million in 2015, $19.6 million in 2016, $20.65 million in 2017, $20.9 million in 2018 and $21.1 million in 2019.

Rodgers has relatively low base salaries early in the contract, but those jump to $19.8 million and $20 million in the last two years of the deal.

Here’s the full year-by-year breakdown:

2013: Salary cap number: $12 million. Cash value: $40 million.
Base salary: $4.5 million
Signing bonus: $35 million
Workout bonus: $500,000

2014: Salary cap number: $17.9 million. Cash value: $10.9 million.
Base salary: $900,000
Roster bonus: $9.5 million (guaranteed against skill and injury).
Workout bonus: $500,000

2015: Salary cap number: $18.6 million. Cash value: $11.6 million
Base salary: $1 million
Roster bonus: $9.5 million (guaranteed against skill and injury).
Roster bonus: $37,500 per game active, up to a total of $600,000
Workout bonus: $500,000

2016: Salary cap number: $19.6 million. Cash value: $12.6 million
Base salary: $11.5 million
Roster bonus: $37,500 per game active, up to a total of $600,000
Workout bonus: $500,000

2017: Salary cap number: $20.65. Cash value: $13.65
Base salary: $12.55 million
Roster bonus: $37,500 per game active, up to a total of $600,000
Workout bonus: $500,000

2018: Salary cap number: $20.9 million. Cash value: $20.9 million
Base salary: $19.8 million
Roster bonus: $37,500 per game active, up to a total of $600,000
Workout bonus: $500,000

2019: Salary cap number: $21.1 million. Cash value: $21.1 million
Base salary: $20 million
Roster bonus: $37,500 per game active, up to a total of $600,000
Workout bonus: $500,000

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