Aaron Rodgers Signs Contract Extension

Rodgers Signs Contract Extension

Rodgers Signs Contract Extension

While the quarterback position is still unsettled for some NFL teams, the Green Bay Packers know who will be under center for them for many more years.

Friday Green Bay and Aaron Rodgers agreed to a contract extension.  Ian Rapoport, of NFL.Com, is reporting that the deal extends his contract an additional five years beyond the two he has remaining.  He will receive $110 million, according to Rapoport. Rodgers will receive $40 million in the first year of the deal and over $62 million in the first three years.  He is the highest paid player in NFL history.

Rodgers was drafted in the first round in 2005, the 24th overall selection.  His statistics are enviable; No. 1 in NFL history (min. 1,500 attempts) with a career passer rating of 104.9. He also ranks No. 1 in league history in career INT percentage (1.73) and TD/INT ratio (3.72) and No. 2 in career completion percentage (65.7). For his career, Rodgers has completed 1,752 of 2,665 passes for 21,661 yards and 171 TDs with 46 INTs.

Ted Thompson, the Packers’ executive vice-president, had this to say about Rodgers:  “Aaron is a true professional and a special player,” 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.”

Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy was overjoyed at the extension.

“An exciting day for our football program.  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.”

They have been in negotiations since the end of the 2012 season.

Not all teams are centered around a single player, but Rodgers is one of them.  He has a combination of arm strength and accuracy, as well as quick feet, and excellent decision making.  He is in the elite group of quarterbacks who have ever played the position.  Barring serious injury, he is well on his way to Canton.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express