The numbers are in on Aaron Rodgers’ new contract with the Green Bay Packers and they are shiny, to say the least.
You have to wonder if Rodgers could have pressed for more than $110 million in new money in five additional years, but it’s an impressive deal. Rodgers receives $54 million guaranteed, the second-highest in NFL history behind the $58 million Peyton Manning received. He’ll earn $62.5 million in the first three years of the deal, the most ever.
Now, Rodgers is on the books for seven seasons – through 2019 – at a total of $130.75 million, an average of $18,678,571 per season. Probably the best part of the contract for the team is the salary cap numbers never get out of whack. That is good for Rodgers too because those issues can lead to restructures and players getting cut. Here are his cap numbers through the life of the deal:
2013 $12 million
2014 $17.9 million
2015 $18.6 million
2016 $19.6 million
2017 $20.65 million
2018 $20.9 million
2019 $21.1 million
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