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Green Bay Packers Sign QB Aaron Rodgers to Record Contract

The deal will pay Rodgers a staggering $80 million by March 17 of next year

A long-time Chicago Bears nemesis is now the highest paid player in the league, as Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has inked a contract extension with the team.

The deal, which the Packers officially announced Wednesday afternoon, will pay Rodgers a reported $103 million in guaranteed money, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter and other reports, and could reach a staggering total of $180 million over the next four years.

The contract would make Rodgers the highest-paid player in the league, averaging nearly $34 million per season.

According to Schefter, Rodgers will receive $67 million by the end of the 2018 calendar year, and will receive an additional $13 million before March 17 of next year.

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Three of the NFL’s five-richest contracts now belong to NFC North quarterbacks, as Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford and Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins also belong in that upper-tier of NFL deals.

Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky, meanwhile, is earning just over $7 million per season on his rookie contract.

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