The quarterback took to Instagram to show his appreciation for the organization that he is locked in with through the 2023 season. He called his time with Green Bay "an amazing ride" so far, but it is far from over, as he will be 40 when his contract expires.
The total maximum side of this deal is between $176 million and $180 million, as that total will depend on his ability to lead Green Bay to the playoffs. He will receive $67 million by the end of 2018, and then $17 million more by St. Patrick's Day of next year. This contract has reportedly been in the works since before the NFL Combine last March, as the goal the entire time was to get this done before the regular season got underway.
This is the third different quarterback in the past year to have the largest deal in the NFL, as Jimmy Garoppolo got it started with a $27.5 million per year contract from the San Francisco 49ers. It was Matt Ryan's turn, as he got a deal with a $30 million per year average from the Atlanta Falcons on May 3rd. Kirk Cousins also got big-time money with a $28 million annual average with the Minnesota Vikings.
Although, this is now the second different time in Rodgers' career that he has the richest contract in the league, as he set the mark the last time he signed a contract, which was for five years, $110 million. His annual average of $22 million per year at the time beat out the $20.1 million average that the Baltimore Ravens were giving Joe Flacco.
The 34-year-old is entering his 14th NFL season, three of which were behind Brett Favre, as he is coming off a broken collarbone from last season. Since getting selected by Green Bay in the 2005 NFL Draft, Rodgers has thrown for 38,502 yards and 313 touchdowns. Health may be the only concern, as he looks to join Tom Brady of the New England Patriots as quarterbacks to play in to their age-40 season.