Last Wednesday, the Green Bay Packers awarded quarterback Aaron Rodgers a $134 million extension deal. The deal came with $103 million guaranteed. Rodgers is set to make $67 million by the end of 2018. Rodgers could potentially earn $180 million overall.
The Green Bay Packers’ General Manager, Brian Gutekunst, announced the four-year deal.
This will be Aaron Rodger’s 14th season with the team since his 2005 first-round draft to Green Bay. He has repeatedly expressed his wish to both stay with the Packers and to play into his 40s. This deal will allow him to play in the league for the next six years.
Rodgers led Green Bay to the Super Bowl in 2011, following Brett Favre’s 16-season run with the Packers.
The two-time MVP of 2011 and 2014 has clearly proven his worth during time with the NFL. Rodgers is currently #1 in the league with the highest yards/pass attempt (7.9), passing touchdown percentage (6.4%), passer rating (103.8), and the lowest pass interception percentage (1.6%.)
By taking the Packers’ offer, Rodgers has surpassed quarterbacks Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons and Kirk Cousins of the Minnesota Vikings as the highest paid player in the NFL.
Rodgers took to Instagram to both commemorate his journey with the Packers and express his enthusiasm for his future in Wisconsin.
It’s been an amazing ride the last 13 years; excited to start year 14 knowing that my future is here, in Green Bay, for our 100th season. I’ve grown up in this place, and grown older and a little wiser along the way. Thank you to our incredible fan base for inspiring us players to be better year after year. Thank you to the Packers organization for standing by me time and time again and giving me the opportunity to lead this football team. And thank you to my teammates along the way, past and present who have impacted my life in so many positive ways, giving me friendships for life. Looking forward to making some more memorable moments this year, and for years to come…. #packers100thseason #packersfamily #packerforlife #midrange
Last year, Rodgers missed nine games due to a broken collarbone. Late last year, Rodgers took a hard hit from linebacker Anthony Barr of the Vikings. Thirteen screws and two plates later, he is healthy and has an impressive deal to sweeten the start of the 2018 season.
The Packers started off strong this preseason, beating the Tennessee Titans (31-17) and the Pittsburgh Steelers (51-34.) However, the team then lost to the Oakland Raiders (6-13) and the Kansas City Chiefs (21-33).
DeShone Kizer was recently traded to the Packers and has taken the No. 2 spot behind Rodgers. Green Bay will open the regular season at home against the Chicago Bears on Sunday, September 9th.
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