NFL franchises are not messing around; paying their superstars a record amount of money during the stretch run of the 2018 NFL Free Agency period.
By: Jonathan Goad
It’s an opportune time to be good at football.
Maybe your name just needs to be Aaron…
The Green Bay Packers and quarterback Aaron Rodgers agreed to a four-year, $134 million deal, with a potential worth of $180 million if Rodgers hits all his incentives.
He will make $67 million in guaranteed money by the end of the calendar year and $80 million at the start of the new NFL on March 17, 2019.
It’s been an amazing ride the last 13 years; excited to start year 14 knowing that my future is here, in Green Bay, for our 100th season. I’ve grown up in this place, and grown older and a… https://t.co/tL3eoCCVp4
— Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) August 29, 2018
Clearly, this makes Rodgers the highest paid player in NFL history. It’s hard to argue that anyone is more worthy of having that title. However, Rodgers is among the best quarterbacks to ever play the game and deserves every cent.
The extension lasts through 2023, in which Rodgers will be 40 years old. This is presumably the last contract he ever signs. Seeing him finish his stellar career in Green Bay would only add to his great legacy.
The other Aaron who made bank: Aaron Donald. He and the Los Angeles Rams agreed to a six-year contract extension worth $136 million with $87 million fully guaranteed. Donald is now the highest paid defensive player in NFL history.
Long time coming: Rams and Aaron Donald finalizing a record 6-year, $135 million, including $87 million guaranteed, per source. Richest defensive deal in NFL history.
Donald now tied to LA for next seven years. And he will be ready for Monday night opener vs. Raiders.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 31, 2018
Aaron Donald is also worthy of being the highest paid player on defense. He’s an absolute stud and a force to be reckoned with between the tackles. He’s the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year and nearly impossible to block.
It’s hard not to wonder why this deal didn’t get done much sooner, but better late than never, I suppose.
Jiminy Christmas! That’s a lot of money being thrown around!
Here’s a live look at the Aarons:
Maybe Le’Veon Bell should change his name to Aaron…