August 21, 2014

Aaron Rodgers gets 5-year $110-million extension

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers is officially the highest paid player in the NFL.

The Packers and Rodgers agreed to a reported 5-year $110-million deal that will keep the MVP in Green Bay through the 2019 season.  Rodgers was very thankful for the honor when meeting with reporters this afternoon.

AUDIO: Aaron Rodgers thankful for the extension :37

Rodgers signed a 6-year $60-million deal in 2008 that will be up in 2014.  Green Bay and Rodgers made this happen with 2-years remaining on that deal.  He will get a reported $40-million in 2013.

The deal averages $22-million per season, eclipsing Joe Flacco’s recent contract extension giving him $20.1-million per season.  Rodgers calls being the highest paid player in football humbling…

AUDIO: Rodgers is humbled by the deal :22

“Aaron is a true professional and a special player,” General Manager Ted Thompson said. “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.”

“An exciting day for our football program,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said. “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.”

Last week, the Packers gave LB Clay Matthews a 5-year extension worth roughly $65-million.  The two will make up roughly 30% of the teams cap space.