Aaron Rodgers' Packers extension makes him highest paid player in the NFL

CREATED Apr. 26, 2013 - UPDATED: Apr. 26, 2013

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  • Aaron Rodgers (12) and the Packers return to San Francisco to open their 2013 season. The Packers lost to the 49ers twice last season, including a divisional playoff game at Candlestick Park. Image by Mike De Sisti - Journal Sentinel

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GREEN BAY - The Packers have announced they have signed Aaron Rodgers to a contract extension. According to the Journal Sentinel, Rodgers will receive $110 million in the next five years. The $22 million average contract makes him the highest paid player in the NFL.

Rodgers tweeted about the news Friday afternoon -

@AaronRodgers12: Thanks to the Organization, coaching staff, teammates, packer nation for last 8 years! Excited about 7 more!

“Aaron is a true professional and a special player,” GM Ted Thompson said. “He works hard, is humble, and is focused on his actions, on and off the field. He is an excellent teammate and pushes himself and others to be the very best. We are happy to reach an agreement to extend his career with the Packers.”

Rodgers posted 21,332 passing yards from 2008-12, the most in NFL history by a quarterback in his first five seasons as a starter. In 78 career regular-season starts, he has recorded 28 games with 300-plus passing yards, 43 without an interception and 46 with a 100-plus passer rating. Rodgers was selected to the Pro Bowl three of the past four seasons (2009, 2011-12) and was named the starting quarterback for the NFC squad each of the past two seasons.

“An exciting day for our football program,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said. “Aaron is an excellent illustration of a Green Bay Packer. It is truly a blessing to witness his continued accomplishments, both on and off the field.”

Rodgers holds four of the top five single-season team marks for passer rating (2009-12), two of the top three for passing TDs (2011-12), three of the top four for completion percentage (2010-12) and two of the top three for passing yards (2009, 2011).