The Green Bay Packers agreed to make superstar Quarterback Aaron Rodgers the highest paid player in the history of the National Football League yesterday when they came to terms with their QB on a new four-year extension worth $134 million that could be valued up to $180 million.
The extension includes nearly $103 million total in guarantees, another record amount, and has an annual average value of $33.5 million, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Rodgers also gets a ton of money up front according to the terms of the extension with $67 million by the end of the 2018 season and another $13 million by March of 2019, meaning he will rake in $80 million by the conclusion of March of next year. Not too shabby.
The 34-year-old Rodgers now makes certain that he’s doing all he can to follow in the footsteps of Tom Brady and remain the QB for one single franchise with this latest extension. “Every player would love to be able to pick when and how they finish up. That usually doesn’t happen, though. So I’m going to try to play as well as I can for a number of years, and hopefully it’s here the entire time,” Rodgers had said back in March around the combine. He also was very excited at the extension and having a fresh new contract heading into the 100th season of the historic Packers franchise in his tweet/Instagram post below.
Aaron Rodgers, entering his 14th season in the league, has 38,502 yards and 313 touchdowns in his career with a 65.1% completion percentage and also ranks as the best of all-time in career passing rating (103.8), interception percentage (1.59) and touchdown-to-interception ratio (4.01). Rodgers broke his collarbone last October and wound up only playing in 7 games, but he’s ready to bounce back and take his place alongside Tom Brady and Joe Montana as three of the best to ever play the position.
After watching Jimmy Garoppolo, Kirk Cousins and Matt Ryan surpass each other’s deals becoming the highest paid player at their position and in league history, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers just blew those deals out of the water with this latest contract finally agreeing to terms and taking his place as the highest paid player in league history. Whether or not the Packers get to play in another championship now is up to new General Manager Brian Gutekunst and head coach Mike McCarthy to surround Rodgers with enough talent and a quality defense, but that all becomes much easier with their Quarterback happy and under a long-term deal.
Aaron Rodgers is a very rich man, with a smoking hot girlfriend in former NASCAR driver Danica Patrick. Not a bad life.