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Packers give Burnett 4-year, $24.75 million contract extension

Jul. 15, 2013
 
The Packers have signed safety Morgan Burnett to a 4-year, $24.75 million contract extension. File/Gannett Wisconsin Media
The Packers have signed safety Morgan Burnett to a 4-year, $24.75 million contract extension. File/Gannett Wisconsin Media

The Packers have signed safety Morgan Burnett to a four-year contract extension, according to a report by NFL.com.

The report on Twitter said the extension is four years and worth $24.75 million and includes $8.25 million in guaranteed money.

The characterization of the deal as a four-year extension presumably means the four years are added to the year remaining on his original contract, which makes the deal for five years, though that wasnít explicitly stated in the report.

Itís also unclear how much of the guaranteed money is fully guaranteed or guaranteed only if Burnett sustains a catastrophic, career-ending injury.

Burnett, 24, has been a starter when healthy in his three seasons with the Packers, and the team sees him as a still-ascending player. Last year he played every defensive snap, 1,228 total.

If the deal is for five years total and includes his previously scheduled 2013 salary of $1.323 million, then the five-year deal would be worth $26.073 million, or an average of $5.21 million a season.

That would make him the seventh-highest paid players on the team based on average salary per season, behind Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews, Tramon Williams, Jermichael Finley, Josh Sitton and Ryan Pickett.

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