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Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers agree on record-breaking contract extension

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It pays to be an NFC North quarterback.

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While there was some rumblings of discontent between Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, it appears it’s all water under the bridge now. Rodgers has reportedly agreed to a four-year extension that will break the current records of NFL contracts:

While ESPN’s Adam Schefter doesn’t have the exact details, Rodgers’ former teammate (and now NFL Network analyst) James Jones has some contract specifics.

It looks like Rodgers’ contract extension will break the current record of guaranteed money—$100 million ($94.5 at signing) set by Matt Ryan earlier this year.

NFL Network Ian Rapoport has further details and, surprise, it’s a lot of money:

That averages out to $33.5 million a year for Rodgers, which is well above the previously highest-paid quarterback, Matt Ryan. Here was the previous top five before Rodgers’ contract. [Note: the $33.5 million figure actually takes place in two years. Rodgers signed an extension. There are still two years remaining on his former deal.]

  • Matt Ryan: $30 million/year (2018)
  • Kirk Cousins: $28 million/year (2018)
  • Jimmy Garoppolo: $27.5 million/year (2018)
  • Matthew Stafford: $27 milion/year (2017)
  • Drew Brees: $25 million/year (2018)
  • Derek Carr: $25 million/year (2017)

So that pushed Matthew Stafford down to the fifth-highest paid quarterback in the league, and, oddly, third in his own division.

Now I guess it’s time to hear all the Green Bay fans complain about how he hasn’t proven enough to warrant such a contract.