Aaron Rodgers watched from the sidelines for four years after the Packers drafted him in 2005, but when he finally took the field following Brett Favre’s departure, his performance has been on par with any other quarterback in the league.
Rodgers led the Packers to a Super Bowl title following the 2010 season and has kept them among the NFL’s elite ever since. So it came as no surprise that Green Bay decided to reward the QB in a big way with a contract extension in 2013.
Though Rodgers wasn’t set to become an unrestricted free agent until after the 2014 season, Green Bay opted to lock Rodgers up for the long run with a 5-year, $110 million deal whose average annual value of $22 million is the highest in NFL history.
According to Spotrac, which compiles extensive NFL salary data, the deal included a $33.25 million signing bonus and $54 million in guaranteed money. The signing bonus is being paid out over the first five years of the deal, with Rodgers receiving $6.65 million per year.
Rodgers’ base salary in 2014 is a fairly modest $900,000, but he’s also due a $9.5 million roster bonus and an additional $500,000 workout bonus in addition to the signing bonus money. Rodgers’ total compensation for the year is
The QB’s annual base salary is due to increase every year for the duration of the contract, from $900,000 this year to $1 million in 2015, $11.5 million in 2016, $12.5 million in 2017, $19.8 million in 2018 and $20 million in 2019.
According to Forbes, Rodgers will also make $7.5 million this year in endorsements, headlined by Rodgers’ ubiquitous “Discount Doublecheck” commercials for State Farm Insurance.
With $14.5 million this year in football earnings and the $7.5 million in endorsements, Rodgers ranked 55th on Forbes’ list of the 100 highest-paid athletes in the world.
“Rodgers is one of the top-paid football guys in the Nike stable and his commercials for State Farm are a national hit,” Forbes wrote in its blurb on Rodgers.