Green Bay Packers safety Morgan Burnett was preparing to hit free agency next March while he entered the 2013-14 NFL season in the final year of his rookie contract, but he won’t get the opportunity to test the open market after he was able to agree to a new contract with the team.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Burnett and the Packers agreed to a four-year deal worth $24.75 million. The contract $8.2 includes 5 million guaranteed.
After entering the league as a starter in his rookie season, Burnett ran in to some adversity. His first year was cut short as a result of a torn ACL, but he has been able to rebound. In his past two seasons, Burnett has been the team’s starting safety in all sixteen games.
Last season, Burnett had 123 tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles and two interceptions. It was a career-high total in tackles.
Burnett could have attracted a big money contract on the open market with his talent and age, so it was wise for the Packers to lock him up before he was able to test the open market.