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.