Reports: Rodgers agrees to record 4-year, $134M deal
Green Bay Packers superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers agreed to terms on the richest contract in NFL history Wednesday with a four-year, $134 million extension, multiple media outlets reported .
Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Rodgers’ new deal will be worth a total of $176 million to $180 million.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Rodgers will receive $80 million by March while colleague James Jones added that the quarterback will net over $100 million in guarantees.
A two-time NFL Most Valuable Player and six-time Pro Bowl selection, Rodgers’ expected new contract surpasses the deal signed this offseason by Matt Ryan. The Atlanta Falcons quarterback inked a five-year, $150 million contract with $100 million guaranteed on May 3.
Ryan’s new average annual salary surpassed the three-year, $84 million deal (all guaranteed) quarterback Kirk Cousins received from the Minnesota Vikings in March.
Rodgers, who is scheduled to make $20.9 million this season and $21.1 million in 2019, spoke with a radio station last week about his contract negotiations with the Packers.
“I’m not trying to screw them, you know,” Rodgers said. “This is a partnership. That’s the only way this is going to work, and the best way things work in this situation is that we’re in this thing together. And if they make that financial commitment, that’s what they’re saying, and also there’s an expectation that you’re going to play well. And then that’s my side of the bargain.”
Rodgers is returning after missing nine games in the 2017 campaign after breaking his collarbone for the second time.
The 34-year-old passed for 1,675 yards, 16 touchdowns and six interceptions over seven games in 2017, his 13th season in the NFL.
Rodgers ranks second all-time in franchise history in passing yards (38,502) and touchdown passes (313), trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Favre in both categories (61,655 and 442, respectively).