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Packers announce Aaron Rodgers extension

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It has long been assumed that a contract extension for quarterback Aaron Rodgers was a matter of when, not if, for the Packers.

That assumption has been proven correct. The Packers announced Friday afternoon that Rodgers has agreed to a contract extension with the team.

“Aaron is a true professional and a special player,” Packers General Manager Ted Thompson said in a statement released by the team. “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.”

There were no details as to the length of the contract nor did the Packers reveal just how well Rodgers, who had two years and $17.5 million left on his current contract, will be compensated for his services in the years to come. It’s a pretty good bet that once those numbers are revealed that Rodgers will be the best-paid player in the NFL right now.

And that, in turn, will mean that he’ll be the best-paid player in the history of the league. There’s something else for all those kids getting drafted this weekend to shoot for.

UPDATE 5:25 p.m. ET: Reports peg the value of the deal at $110 million over five years with $40 million in the first year and $62.5 million over the first three.

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  1. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 26, 2013 4:56 PM

    The premier franchise in football just locked up the premier player in football.

  2. berniemadoffsides says: Apr 26, 2013 4:57 PM

    Worth every penny, whatever it is.

  3. cuda1234 says: Apr 26, 2013 4:57 PM

    So now its safe for him to actively lobby to be roommates with Mantei Teo, Chris Kluwe or Brandon Ayanbedejo?

  4. Wisconsin77 says: Apr 26, 2013 4:57 PM

    Please fellow Packer fans, for the love of God, leave the usual annoying “Class act” and “In Ted We Trust” comments to a minimum.

  5. jbaxt says: Apr 26, 2013 4:58 PM

    See Luke Jokel? Man up, play like a top pick and you’ll be rewarded. Crybaby, take a lesson from Rodgers. And Rodgers was passed up by 20 teams, not 1.

  6. erckle31 says: Apr 26, 2013 4:59 PM

    Make it rain brother. Make it rain.

  7. daysend564 says: Apr 26, 2013 4:59 PM

    4 years, 207M

  8. ketchupaholic says: Apr 26, 2013 4:59 PM

    8) Great news for packers fans and Vikings, Bears, Lions. On one hand, the packers get to keep Rodgers, on the other hand, packers are going to be strapped for cash for a long…… time!

  9. thesteelers says: Apr 26, 2013 4:59 PM

    LOL! No more rings for you!

  10. shinedown37 says: Apr 26, 2013 4:59 PM

    Nice work for taking credit to reporting something I did on the Jags thread only to have it taken down.

  11. packownsu says: Apr 26, 2013 4:59 PM

    Doesn’t matter how much, he’s worth every penny and more.

  12. bobby2478 says: Apr 26, 2013 4:59 PM

    Well deserved in my opinion, and this is coming from a Vikings fan.

    Rodgers is one heck of a QB, GB got one heck of a steal having him slip down that far in the draft.

  13. JoelFleischman.com says: Apr 26, 2013 5:00 PM

    Class act, in Ted we Trust. GoPackGo. Nothing to see here…carry on.

  14. wludford says: Apr 26, 2013 5:01 PM

    Probably 100 million good things to him that waited.

  15. sjciske says: Apr 26, 2013 5:02 PM

    Interesting (or may be very purposeful) that @AaronRodgers12 and @packers lock up on the anniversary of him being passed on by 23 team:)

  16. dwarftosser says: Apr 26, 2013 5:06 PM

    I’m anxious to see the numbers, but obviously worth it no matter what they turn out to be.

    Hopefully Ted get’s him some more help tonight. Datone Jones was a good start yesterday.

  17. inyofaceagain says: Apr 26, 2013 5:06 PM

    Hes a great player. Not worth Joe Flacco $. Nobody is.

  18. twonis says: Apr 26, 2013 5:08 PM

    You really have to wonder if the timing of the announcement was intentional. It’s well known that he still carries around a major chip on his shoulder from the draft. Seems only fitting that the announcement that he is the new highest paid player in history during it.

    If he is…we still don’t actually know what the deal is.

  19. mumakata says: Apr 26, 2013 5:10 PM

    As a dolphins fan, Aaron Rodgers is worth every penny. Highest paid player ever.

  20. GenXJay says: Apr 26, 2013 5:11 PM

    ShAaron does not approve, filthy.
    It’s Première -as in a leading woman, in a drama.

  21. mazblast says: Apr 26, 2013 5:12 PM

    Solid guy, great player, wish he hadn’t been so good in his one Super Bowl.

  22. arrogantnation says: Apr 26, 2013 5:15 PM

    Well deserved

  23. goldrush36 says: Apr 26, 2013 5:15 PM

    Only 3 qb’s deserve to make 20+ and no the soon to be #2 guy is not one of them. Arod deservingly should be at the top.

  24. dcapettini says: Apr 26, 2013 5:16 PM

    He is right up there with Trent Dilfer!

  25. tokyosandblaster says: Apr 26, 2013 5:19 PM

    Awesome.

    And THIS MVP doesn’t feel the need to beg the media to give him awards. He just rightfully earns them.

    Minny can only hope that one day they will have a player of this caliber in their prime, not when they’re about to retire.

  26. notoriousbri says: Apr 26, 2013 5:19 PM

    class move and class qb.. great to hear they signed him.. well deserved..

    Vikings fan.. yes not all of us blindly hate the packers..

  27. teal379 says: Apr 26, 2013 5:20 PM

    5 years, 110 million with over 60 of that in the first 3 years. Takes him to 2019.

    Lots of stooges will be on here talking the death knell of GB over this – truth be known, they’re fans of a team that would absolutely do the same thing. Or they’re dumb enough to draft a 4th round center in the first.

    Highest rated passer in league history while playing behind one of the worst lines in the league as well.

    People say to give Cutler a chance because he gets sacked so much. AR gets sacked more and does much better.

    Congrats to AR – the type of player you want as the face of your franchise.

  28. seaeagle707 says: Apr 26, 2013 5:21 PM

    I’m glad that I don’t pay property taxes in that city. That’s an awful lot of money to pay to watch Aaron get sacked 4-times a game.

  29. kevishu says: Apr 26, 2013 5:22 PM

    As a Packer fan, and a Rodgers fan, I can’t understand why TT would do this now rather than wait till next year. No reason to voluntarily pay Rodgers $10M to $15M more THIS year instead of using that money on a decent FA that can provide additional impact right away. $10M to $15M could have gotten somebody decent for at least a couple years. Seems like TT wants to make a point about something…. And unfortunately I think its more personal than for the team.

  30. vincelombardisghost says: Apr 26, 2013 5:22 PM

    I would love to see a comparison of Aaron’s statistics of TD’s and INT’s vs. Favre’s stats after the same number of games through the 2012 season. Rogers’ production would dwarf Brett’s, I’ll bet.

  31. sherlock30 says: Apr 26, 2013 5:23 PM

    Erin Rogers got lucky studying under the best of all time. Give a portion of that bloated contract extension to BRETT FAVRE. He deserves it more than the bug – eyed bush baby.

  32. bloomer006999999 says: Apr 26, 2013 5:27 PM

    $66 million contract last week to Clay Matthews and now $110 million over five years, with $62 million in the first three years … it’s safe to say that the other 50 players on this team won’t be making much $$$ … lol

  33. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Apr 26, 2013 5:28 PM

    The Packers really got a steal when Rodgers dropped that far in the draft. It reminds me of when the great Sharrif Floyd fell to the Vikings.

  34. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Apr 26, 2013 5:29 PM

    Stay classy, tokyo. You can’t enjoy anything without ripping the Vikings for no reason.

  35. wludford says: Apr 26, 2013 5:30 PM

    $22 million against the salary cap. Good.

  36. packownsu says: Apr 26, 2013 5:31 PM

    5 year extension for $110 mil
    $62 mil in first 3 years

  37. bullsonparade1977 says: Apr 26, 2013 5:31 PM

    Jbaxt

    Why get on joekel? He had to go to jax with the worst fan base in the league. Can’t sell out a game. Perennial go to London candidates. Rodgers had arguably the best fan base in the league. Not the same thing…

  38. arejaye57 says: Apr 26, 2013 5:31 PM

    I called this 2 days ago. Trying to steal the thunder of the draft. He just loves himself so much.

  39. inyofaceagain says: Apr 26, 2013 5:31 PM

    With the way they structured the contract Rodgers is earning $40 million this year!

    #Howsthatcap

  40. vikingsnorth says: Apr 26, 2013 5:33 PM

    He’s earned it. But that being said… I’d rather the Vikes face $22 million Rodgers then $9 million Rodgers (or whatever his last contract was). Means less money to go around.

  41. raiderssf says: Apr 26, 2013 5:34 PM

    People questioned his arm out of CAL. He was passed up by his favorite team growing up. Now he has a Super Bowl ring and is the highest paid player to have played the game. Not bad Aaron Rodgers, not bad at all. Cha-ching.

  42. vik3z says: Apr 26, 2013 5:35 PM

    tokyoassblaster are you also logicalvoice? you are strikingly similar in the stupidity department

    congratz to erin rogers. thats alota money, but its also well deserved.

  43. steelcityfinest13 says: Apr 26, 2013 5:37 PM

    Wow!

  44. wludford says: Apr 26, 2013 5:40 PM

    I guess the Packers are going to have to change their uniforms to just gold. Rodgers just got all the green in Green Bay.

  45. foosball11 says: Apr 26, 2013 5:41 PM

    Rodgers cap hit never goes over 21 million in any year. It could be worse, GB could have a cap hit of about 15 million a year for a RB for the next 5 years like Minnesota does.

  46. seattlelgt says: Apr 26, 2013 5:42 PM

    I think it’s safe to say that Aaron won’t be doing anymore State Farm endorsements anytime soon. Dude got PAID!

  47. chillyball says: Apr 26, 2013 5:44 PM

    Kiss of death for fudgepack. No one EVER performs for high contracts.

    Brett retires as a Viking in response. You read it here first.

  48. contra74 says: Apr 26, 2013 5:44 PM

    Should have given some of that money to get a decent O-line.

    What good is Rodgers while he is laying on his back with a concussion?

    Next thing you know, Rodgers will want his own parking space by the front of the building and his own dressing room before games.

  49. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Apr 26, 2013 5:45 PM

    wludford says:Apr 26, 2013 5:40 PM

    I guess the Packers are going to have to change their uniforms to just gold. Rodgers just got all the green in Green Bay.
    _______

    Sounds like they’re going to have to give him the gold, too.

  50. malab377 says: Apr 26, 2013 5:50 PM

    And somewhere in a dark alley, Flacco is crying in a fetal position.

  51. Wisconsin77 says: Apr 26, 2013 5:51 PM

    vincelombardisghost says: Apr 26, 2013 5:22 PM
    I would love to see a comparison of Aaron’s statistics of TD’s and INT’s vs. Favre’s stats after the same number of games through the 2012 season. Rogers’ production would dwarf Brett’s, I’ll bet.

    This wasn’t the passing first league back during most of Favre’s career as it is today. Stats for all QBs and WRs have went up dramatically, while stats for RBs have plummeted throughout the league. That is why you can’t compare stats from two different eras, and makes Favre’s, Marino’s, and Young’s prolific stats all that more impressive.

  52. whatjusthapped says: Apr 26, 2013 5:52 PM

    Frankly I’m shocked that the Viking trolls aren’t out in full force pointing out the disproportionate allocation of the salary cap.

    You could easily understand that they lack of comprehension stems from the fact that they have never seen a real NFL Qb, except for the two years the Packers lent them their broken down used up model.

  53. johanvil says: Apr 26, 2013 5:53 PM

    Congrats on the deal, Aaron. Best QB right now.

  54. tokyosandblaster says: Apr 26, 2013 5:57 PM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:
    Apr 26, 2013 5:29 PM
    Stay classy, tokyo. You can’t enjoy anything without ripping the Vikings for no reason.

    —–

    Enjoying the packers success and putting Viking trolls in their place can go hand in hand, jr.

  55. lionsdraftguy says: Apr 26, 2013 6:14 PM

    $110 Million, and 5% of that goes to the refs as a tip so they can call roughing the passer every time he gets bumped, and pass interference every time he makes an incomplete pass.

  56. hatesycophants says: Apr 26, 2013 6:14 PM

    The friendly People of Green Bay would also like to remind its ethnically challenged players to be sure to get the hell out of town immediately following the end of a game, practice or OTA.

    Thank you.

  57. fatsolio says: Apr 26, 2013 6:17 PM

    The media of course won’t mention it and people won’t think about it but this deal doesn’t make him the highest paid player since it is an EXTENSION which means it gets blended in with the remaining 2 years left on his current deal. 110 over 5 turns into 130.75 over 7 years which means just shy of 18.7 mil average a year. That places him 5th among all players and 4th among QBs.

    Rodgers gave the Packers a discount whether the media ever mentions it or not. He easily could have got another 14+ mil to truly make him the highest paid.

    It’d be nice if anyone in the media actually mentions this but I am confident they won’t since they don’t have any damn concept how extensions work. Just look at how they went all ga-ga over Brady’s 3 year extension acting like for the remainder of his career he will only be making 9 mil a year. They ignored the current 2 years he had left which had salaries of I think 19-21 mil. Brady’s average turns out to be something around 14 mil I think. Still a very nice discount of probably 4-5 mil a year yet hardly what the media was making it out to be as though he was playing for free.

  58. garyman1 says: Apr 26, 2013 6:18 PM

    It’s an A-Bomb…..for A-Rod

  59. contra74 says: Apr 26, 2013 6:22 PM

    whatjusthapped says:Apr 26, 2013 5:52 PM

    Frankly I’m shocked that the Viking trolls aren’t out in full force pointing out the disproportionate allocation of the salary cap.

    You could easily understand that they lack of comprehension stems from the fact that they have never seen a real NFL Qb, except for the two years the Packers lent them their broken down used up model.
    —–
    So you are shocked that viking fans are commenting on the allocation of salary cap but still want to take a shot at them as if they were on here making that point? you represent the packer fans well…what a sad bunch!

  60. b3nz0z says: Apr 26, 2013 6:30 PM

    I like that this happened on the same day Patrick Willis restructured to help his teams cap

  61. thepvyharvin says: Apr 26, 2013 6:31 PM

    Good, Rody can be around to watch the new and exciting Vikings dominate the North for years to come,,,

  62. ampatsisahypocrite says: Apr 26, 2013 6:36 PM

    Finding someone — ANYONE — to replace mediocre Flacco as the highest paid guy should be priority number one for the league. What a black eye for the league that’s been.

  63. sfniners4life says: Apr 26, 2013 6:44 PM

    Wow! U cheer on packer fans but no player in the league worth that amount.

  64. beerbratscheese says: Apr 26, 2013 6:53 PM

    Actually, things couldn’t have gone better for the Packers than to lock Rodgers and Matthews up now. New TV money will be kicking in in a year or so and the salary cap will go up, giving the Packers more money to spend on other players.

    Also, these contracts are extensions, meaning the guaranteed money for Rodgers can be spread over seven years rather than just the five years of the contract.

    I all but guarantee you that in the near future, other QBs will be making more than Rodgers simply due to the cap going up. And that’d be QBs with less talent than Rodgers. Those are the teams that are going to be cap strapped when those contracts are signed.

  65. Logicalvoice says: Apr 26, 2013 7:09 PM

    As a Vikings fan I truly appreciate how good Rodgers is. One of the best qb’s I’ve ever seen. The Packers have been truly lucky to have back to back star(r)s playing qb.

    No one is worth the money these guys are making but he certainly is as deserving as anyone.

    Cap problems perhaps but Rodgers can make any receiver look like an all pro.

    Congrats packers.

  66. conormacleod says: Apr 26, 2013 7:11 PM

    Aside from the fact that he has the same number of rings as Trent Dilfer, I’m shocked that he didn’t take a discount because he loves Green Bay! Shocked I tell you!!

  67. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 26, 2013 7:31 PM

    Ted just carpet bombed the Viking draft.

    Those poor Vikings never win anything.

  68. beerbratscheese says: Apr 26, 2013 7:55 PM

    conormacleod says: Apr 26, 2013 7:11 PM

    Aside from the fact that he has the same number of rings as Trent Dilfer, I’m shocked that he didn’t take a discount because he loves Green Bay! Shocked I tell you!!
    ————————————-
    He’s only making $2 million more per year than Joe Flacco. He DID give the Packers a discount. He could have easily gotten $25 million per year if he was more stubborn.

  69. trapshoot says: Apr 26, 2013 7:57 PM

    Hard to argue with locking him up. Go Pack.

  70. officialgame says: Apr 27, 2013 7:10 AM

    Owners scratch and claw for every buck in these labor deals but somehow give 40% of it away to one position on a 53 player roster. Players scratch and claw for every buck and accept one position on a 53 man roster to use up 40% of its CAP space. Hard thing to figure?

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