This ought to give Aaron Rodgers better memories of the NFL Draft.
The Green Bay Packers signed their franchise quarterback Friday to a five-year contract extension through the 2019 season, 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 a person with knowledge of the contract who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team has not released the details, is worth as much as $110 million, with $40 million guaranteed. The $22 million annual average of the extension is the highest salary in NFL history, slightly trumping the $120.6 million that the Baltimore Ravens gave quarterback Joe Flacco last month over six years.
NFL DRAFT: The Honey Badger’s new home will be in the desert.
After making safe picks in the first two rounds of the NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals took a gamble in the third by taking talented-but-troubled safety Tyrann Mathieu on Friday.
Once considered a Heisman Trophy front-runner and sure-bet first-rounder, Mathieu saw his stock plummet after Louisiana State coach Les Miles kicked him off the team in preseason camp last August for failing multiple drug tests.
Mathieu didn’t play in 2012 and was arrested less than two months later with three former teammates after police found 10 bags of marijuana and drug paraphernalia in his Baton Rouge apartment.
The player known as the Honey Badger spent two weeks in a drug treatment program run by former NBA player John Lucas and the months leading up the draft trying to rehabilitate his image.
Among the players with two-state ties drafted were South Carolina’s D.J.Swearinger (57th overall, Texans), Georgia Southern’s J.J. Wilcox (80th overall, Cowboys), Georgia’s John Jenkins (82nd overall, Saints) and Georgia’s Shawn Williams (84th overall, Bengals.)