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New Contract Makes Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers Highest Paid NFL Player
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is officially the highest paid player in the NFL, thanks to a five year, $110 million contract extension he signed with the team Friday afternoon.
USA TODAY Sports reported Rodgers was slated to receive $40 million in the first year.
The quarterback’s new contract comes roughly three months after the Baltimore Ravens gave quarterback Joe Flacco a six year extension worth $120.6 million in March.
"An exciting day for our football program," Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said in a statement. "Aaron is an excellent illustration of a Green Bay Packer. It is truly a blessing to witness his continued accomplishments, both on and off the field."
Rodgers' on-field accomplishments have helped Green Bay go 53-27 during his five years as the Packers starter, and included a Super Bowl title following the 2010 season.
Since taking over in 2008 following the departure of Brett Favre, Rodgers has thrown for 21,661 yards and 171 touchdowns. His quarterback rating of 122.5 in 2011 is an NFL record.
"Aaron is a true professional and a special player," general manger Ted Thompson said in a statement. "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."
Eight years ago Rodgers dropped all the way down to the No. 24 pick in the NFL draft after many expected to hear his name called early in the first round.
Yesterday, Rodgers tweeted a message of support to West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, who will have to wait another day until his name gets called.
"Good things come to those who wait," Rodgers wrote to Smith.