The contract details for Aaron Rodgers’ five-year, $110 million extension have trickled out Monday.
According to Tom Pelissero of ESPN 1500, Rodgers will make $54 million in guaranteed money, including a $35 million signing bonus.
Aaron Rodgers’ new contract with #Packers included a $35 million signing bonus, $54M in total guarantees, per source.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) April 29, 2013
The $54 million in guarantees is $2 million more than Joe Flacco made in his new deal, and pushes Rodgers’ total guaranteed money over the total seven-year deal to $62.5 million. Rodgers will make $40 million total in 2013.
Maybe more important, Rodgers’ yearly cap numbers over the length of the contract will never exceed $21.1 million.
Aaron Rodgers’ salary-cap figures: $12 million, $17.9 million, $19.6 million, $20.65 million, $20.9 million, $21.1 million
— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) April 29, 2013
While still a historic, record-setting contract, Rodgers’ deal is one the Packers can stomach. The league’s best player probably could have pushed the envelope further, and the Packers have to feel good about the cap numbers in later years and the flexibility afforded early in the deal.
Zach Kruse is a 24-year-old sports writer who contributes to Cheesehead TV, Bleacher Report and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He also covers prep sports for the Dunn Co. News. You can reach him on Twitter @zachkruse2 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.