Originally written on NFL Injury Report  |  Last updated 11/19/14
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While we were all focused on the NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers quietly signed quarterback Aaron Rodgers to a five-year contract extension. Well, at least as quietly as you can when you’re making someone the highest-paid player in NFL history. Rodgers new deal with the Packers is for $110 million over five years, shattering the six-year, $120.6 million deal that made Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco the highest-paid player for a short period of time. The agreement is worth $62 million guaranteed, and Rodgers will make $40 million in the first year. After the news of the deal broke, Rodgers expressed his thankfulness to the Packers. "I'm very thankful to the organization for making this happen," Rodgers said Friday on NFL Network. "I'm excited about the opportunity they've given me to finish out my career in Green Bay -- seven more years left on my deal -- and excited about the prospects we have here in Green Bay." While Rodgers can now be known as the highest-paid player in NFL history, his deal is also rather team-friendly for the Packers. The QB will never count for more than $21 million against the cap in any year of his new contract. This is a drastic difference when you look at Flacco’s deal – which carries with it a maximum salary hit of $29 million. With linebacker Clay Matthews and Rodgers now under contract, the Packers expect to turn their attention to defensive tackle B.J. Raji. Follow @TheNFLInjuryRpt Looking for fantasy football advice?
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