GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Packers signed franchise quarterback Aaron Rodgers to a five-year contract extension through the 2019 season Friday, eight years after they stopped his slide down the draft board and took him with the 24th pick in the first round.
The deal, according to the Associated Press, is worth as much as $110 million, with $40 million guaranteed.
According to reports, including his signing bonus Rodgers will make $40 million this season, matching Saints QB Drew Brees for the highest single-season salary in league history.
Rodgers had two seasons left on his current deal for a total of roughly $20 million. So this is essentially a seven-year contract, right there with the $120.6 million that the Ravens gave quarterback Joe Flacco last month over six years.
"I'm excited to know my future is here and I'll be here for a lot longer," Rodgers said at Lambeau Field.
Trades: The Browns acquired receiver Davone Bess from the Dolphins and the teams swapped fourth-round picks as well as selections in another round, ESPN and the NFL Network reported. … The Jets acquired running back Chris Ivory from the Saints in exchange for New York's fourth-round pick (No. 106 overall) today.
Bengals: Right tackle Andre Smith reached an agreement on a new three-year deal. He had been an unrestricted free agent.
Extortion case: A man who pleaded guilty to trying to extort $15,000 from former Steelers receiver Hines Ward will spend two years on probation. Joshua Van Auker, 26, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Allegheny County (Pa.).