The NFL Draft is dominating headlines, but the Green Bay Packers have stolen some thunder and made some history with quarterback Aaron Rodgers. After much discussion about a possible contract extension, Aaron Rodgers has been handed a massive contract extension that will make him the highest paid in NFL history.
Details of the contract are still flowing in, but CBS Sports’ Jason LaCanfora is reporting that Rodgers extension may pay him as much as $23 million per season.
Hearing that the numbers on the Rodgers won’t be nearly as staggering as many expected. Still waiting on more details. Sounds like $23M/yr
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) April 26, 2013
To put that into contrast, Joe Flacco was given a $120 million contract back in March and once that deal was done, discussion shifted to how much Rodgers would be paid and when his deal will be signed.
The Packers aren’t known for handing out huge contracts, but Aaron Rodgers isn’t just any old quarterback. Already in his short career, Rodgers has usurped Brett Favre as the consensus favorite among fans when it comes to who the best quarterback in the team’s history is and will be. Obviously, Rodgers has some work to do in terms of catching up with Favre’s records, but it’s basically understood by everyone that if he stays healthy, Rodgers will go down as one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game.
But for now, Rodgers has one massive record to his name, as he is now the highest paid player in the history of the league. A large deal for Rodgers was expected, but this is historic and will set the tone for all future contracts that are negotiated by elite players in elite positions.