It was more a matter of when, not if, Aaron Rodgers would sign an extension with the Green Bay Packers. And as he promised, his former teammate and NFL Network analyst James Jones was the one to break the news on the record-setting deal.
BREAKING 🚨 The #Packers and 2-Time MVP QB @AaronRodgers12 have agreed to terms on a 4-year extension worth $33.5 million in new money...plus incentives per year...He gets over $100 million in guarantees.— James Jones (@89JonesNTAF) August 29, 2018
Rodgers will earn $33.5 million in new money per year, more than the record-setting $30 million per year Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan received this offseason, and it likely makes him the highest paid player in NFL history.
Aaron had two years left at $20M per year. If ‘new money’ average is $33.5M, then six-year average is $29M (exceeds Cousins deal as a true free agent). #AaronRodgers— Andrew Brandt (@AndrewBrandt) August 29, 2018
Adding to @89JonesNTAF: Aaron Rodgers will receive $80 million between now and next March, source says. 💰— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 29, 2018
It makes sense for the two-time MVP who holds myriad NFL records, including the highest all-time passer rating (103.8; second is Russell Wilson at 98.8) and touchdown-to-interception ratio (4.01; second is Tom Brady at 3.05).
In 13 NFL seasons Rodgers has amassed 38,502 passing yards and 313 touchdown passes, though he's coming off a season in which he played in just seven games before breaking his collarbone. The year prior he led the NFL with 40 touchdown passes and will look to get the Packers back to the top of the NFC North after the Vikings hoisted the title in 2017.
The Bears will get a first look at Rodgers in less than two weeks when they square off against the Packers on Sunday Night Football.
In 19 career games against the Bears, Rodgers is 15-4 and thrown 42 touchdowns with a passer rating of 107.2. He's also 1-0 in the postseason against the Bears, defeating them in the 2010 NFC Championship Game.