Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers agreed to a monster four-year, $134 million extension, according to NFL.com. A record $100 million of that is guaranteed. Ian Rapoport also reports that the two-time NFL MVP will receive a record $57.5 million signing bonus and will earn more than $80 million by March. Rodgers is now the league’s highest player at $33.5 million per year.
Did you just mouth ‘holy shit’ to yourself? I did too.
Rodgers’ gigantic extension was likely leveraged by the hefty extensions of his quarterbacking peers–Matt Ryan ($30 million per year average), Kirk Cousins ($28 million) and Jimmy Garoppolo ($27.5 million).
Fans are mixed over where they stand on the 34-year-old becoming the highest-paid player in NFL history.
For reference, Tom Brady has taken an estimated $60 million in pay cuts to keep his Patriots in contention year after year, making him arguably the biggest bargain in professional sports. In 2017, Brady’s salary cap hit of $13.7 million ranked 27th in the NFL, just behind Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson.
Is Rodgers’ extension good for the Packers as a whole or will it hinder their team performance?