Rodgers gets a $35 million signing bonus

AP

The official numbers have been filed for the Aaron Rodgers five-year, $110 million contract extension.

Here’s the breakdown, via Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

1.  $35 million signing bonus.

2.  $4.5 million base salary in 2013, with $500,000 workout bonus.

3.  $9.5 million roster bonus in 2014, guaranteed for skill and injury.

4.  $900,000 base salary in 2014, with $500,000 workout bonus.

5.  $9.5 million in 2015, guaranteed for skill and injury.

6.  $1 million base salary in 2015, with $500,000 workout bonus.

7.  Per-game roster bonuses in 2015, at $37,500 per game.

8.  $11.5 million base salary in 2016, with $500,000 workout bonus.

9.  Per-game roster bonuses in 2016, at $37,500 per game.

10.  $12.55 million base salary in 2017, with $500,000 workout bonus.

11.  Per-game roster bonuses in 2017, at $37,500 per game.

12.  $19.8 million base salary in 2018, with $500,000 workout bonus.

13.  Per-game roster bonuses in 2018, at $37,500 per game.

14.  $20 million base salary in 2019, with $500,000 workout bonus.

15.  Per-game roster bonuses in 2019, at $37,500 per game.

The cap numbers are $12 million in 2013, $17.9 million in 2014, $18.6 million in 2015, $19.6 million in 2016, $20.65 million in 2017, $20.9 million in 2018, and $21.1 million in 2019.  The absence of any cap numbers exceeding $25 million suggests that a restructuring will not eventually be necessary.

It all works out to a total of $130.75 over seven years, for an annual average of $18.67 million — less than the $20 million average currently earned by Saints quarterback $20 million and the $20.1 million average under Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco’s contract.  The difference is that Rodgers got his deal without having to finish the final two years of his current contract, at roughly $10 million per season.

While the Packers were not required to rip up the prior contract, the gap between Rodgers’ compensation package and those given to other quarterbacks had become glaring.  To his credit, Rodgers never complained.  To the team’s credit, he never had to.

29 responses to “Rodgers gets a $35 million signing bonus

  1. “less than the $20 million average currently earned by Saints quarterback $20 million”

    I know it’s easy to just think of him as “The $20 million Man,” but Drew Brees does have a name.

  2. Unless Rodgers suffers a catastrophic, career ending injury in the next 2 or 3 years, this should not cripple the Packers cap-wise. It’s on the lower end of market value for an elite QB.

    However, this large of a percentage of the cap for one guy does place added importance on a steady supply of young, talented players on rookie contracts. Fortunately, that is right up Ted Thompson’s alley when it comes to the roster. All those Packer fans that clamor for more activity in free agency should get used to disappointment. Because this contract (and Clay Matthews’ contract) virtually assures it will continue, if TT’s MO didn’t already do that.

  3. This contract proves Rodgers is’nt interested in being the highest paid, unlike a couple others. Rodgers could have demanded much more since he is as good as it gets!! Class act!

  4. Now for everyone ( just about every Minny poster and Chitown) who claimed he was selfish or the Packers will be in cap hell, what do you have to say now? Not only is his contract pretty cap friendly Matthews’s was as well at 11 million. With these signings the Packers did not have to restructure a single contract and push the dollars out like half the teams. Not to mention the least amount of dead money in the league. We still have money to burn.

  5. The last two lines of the article sum it up nicely and provide a glimpse into why this franchise has continued to be so consistently successful over the years. It’s a classy organization that looks for classy players.

  6. Everything I’m hearing is that this contract is a VERY cap friendly contract for the Packers, and unlike the Flacco deal, won’t have to get redone in a few years. Also throw in the fact that the salary cap is likely to rise in the coming years (once the new t.v. deals hit)

    Where are all the posters now who say that Rodger’s contract would cripple the Packers financially for years? Sorry, but it hasn’t and it wont.

  7. A few years ago the “big name” stars in hockey almost ruined the game with big contracts. The NFL better find some way of capping individuals or at least having a seperate cap for QBs.

  8. Love the flexibility that this deal provides. They got him at a discount since he was still two years away from free agency. They got him at a huge discount the last time because he only had six starts under his belt. And of course, they got him originally at a huge discount late in the first round.

  9. Packers got Rodgers for a steal! If play is proportionate to pay. Romo and Flacco are getting payed $20 mill then Rodgers is worth upwards of $40-50, based on results. I still wish they had used some money to bulk up the O-line to protect this investment.

    Just good to know the best QB in the league will be wearing Green and Gold for the foreseeable future.

    GO PACK GO!

  10. It speaks volumes that the best player in the league did not feel the need to be the highest player in that league. That’s called being part of a team.

  11. I think the price is low because TT knows that Rodgers is a product of the system and that his skills really are not much better than an average NFL QB. You don’t get paid elite money unless your employer believes that you are elite. In this case the QB is not elite.

  12. noeffinway says:Apr 30, 2013 7:48 AM

    TT could crap in the middle of Lombardi Ave and you cheeseheads would worship it. smh

    Such a jealous Lion’s fan. Martin Mayhew could crap next to Ford Field but he would have to push 50 people out of the way who are trying to do the same thing.

  13. This is painful to say, but Rodgers is not just an MVP QB, but he’s not a greedy egomaniacal pig that’s got to be the top paid QB (ie Brees), and sounds like a pretty good guy. The Pack is very lucky to have this guy.

  14. Rodgers is just such a sweetie! Go ahead and raise your hand now too, sunshine, it’s ok now.

  15. Stafford is already outshining this gb QB and hes just getting started! And that will show when he gets his new contract. Stafford>Rodgers. Stafford has proven that his success is based on his talent and not on “the system”.

  16. noeffinway says:
    Apr 30, 2013 11:41 AM
    Stafford is already outshining this gb QB and hes just getting started! And that will show when he gets his new contract. Stafford>Rodgers. Stafford has proven that his success is based on his talent and not on “the system”.

    —-

    Matt Flynn > Glassford

    Rodgers > every other QB.

    Every other franchise, and some arena league teams > Detroit.

  17. Stafford is already outshining this gb QB and hes just getting started! And that will show when he gets his new contract. Stafford>Rodgers. Stafford has proven that his success is based on his talent and not on “the system”.

    Uh, you mean “Padded Statlord?” The only reason he puts up numbers is because they’re down so much. Calvin Johson doesn’t hurt.

  18. chi01town says:
    Apr 30, 2013 1:55 PM
    The schedule this season will show
    everybody that Rodgers is greedy and he aint worth a 40 million dollar contract

    Well, he has 6 guaranteed wins in the division, so…

  19. Chitown crawled out of his hole. Please explain how you predicted the contracts of Rodgers and Matthews were going to be selfish and decimate the team again?

    Looks to me the person fleecing a team is the over the hill Peppers at 16 mil a year.

  20. noeffinway says:
    Apr 30, 2013 7:48 AM
    “TT could crap in the middle of Lombardi Ave and you cheeseheads would worship it. smh”
    —————————
    The guy built us a Superbowl winning team, what would you do to pay respects to the guy that gives your fan base a Superbowl?

  21. Viking fans think they have already won everything there is to win.

    Yawn. We’ve been there before and know what it takes to get back. You’re still dreaming of what it must be like (which is also “fun”.)

    Reputations are built on what you do…. not what you say or wish you’re going to do.

    The Vikings are still in the rearview mirror of the Packers. Until that changes….that’s where they’ll stay.

    You had a great draft. Congratulations. So did we.

  22. The Minnesota Vikings had one of the best drafts, not only in Vikings history … but, the best draft in the entire NFL in recent years, and last years draft for the Vikings was pretty good.

    I can’t remember a single draft dating back for many years, regarding any team that really *WOWED* me. This draft *WOWED* me … BIGTIME … and congrats to the Vikings brass for getting the players that they coveted.

    Of course … Bear, Lion and Packer fans disagree with my opinion … it’s only because … deep down … they know it was just as good.

  23. He’s exciting to watch in the games. His statistics are really terrific. He works hard to prepare in the off-season and before each game. He makes wise decisions preparing for the snap. All of that is elite performance.

    But ….. his strongest asset is his humility. It is very, very attractive and it’s authentic. Who wouldn’t covet a chance to be on a team with that genre of leader?

    May God bless you Aaron ….. know that you are respected in Wisconsin without reservation.
    .

  24. Apr 30, 2013 1:55 PM

    The schedule this season will show
    everybody that Rodgers is greedy and he aint worth a 40 million dollar contract

    ———————————————————- Funny how we lock up our two best players, arguably both the best at their position in the league and we are still 13.5 million under the cap
    all the naysayers spouting off how Rodgers and his ego about being paid would ruin the team….

    we didn’t have to retructure or depend on a greedy owners money to do it, you heard no complaining or posturing in the media between players and management….the Packers got it done in their usual classy way.

    With how the draft went and these two signings, it was a really good week to be a fan of the Green Bay Packers………………….

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    vfan76 says:Apr 30, 2013 10:57 PM

    The Minnesota Vikings had one of the best drafts, not only in Vikings history … but, the best draft in the entire NFL in recent years, and last years draft for the Vikings was pretty good.

    I can’t remember a single draft dating back for many years, regarding any team that really *WOWED* me. This draft *WOWED* me … BIGTIME … and congrats to the Vikings brass for getting the players that they coveted.

    Of course … Bear, Lion and Packer fans disagree with my opinion … it’s only because … deep down … they know it was just as good.

    ———————————————————-

    You got a guy that for some reason slipped down the charts, we’ll see how he works out, and two guys that had 2nd round grades you took in the first round……..

    Shouldn’t your post be on the Vikings board?

    Why is it on the Packers board? What does this have to do with AAron Rodgers contract?

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