Wednesday's NFL: Aaron Rodgers will be highest-paid again with $134M extension

Associated Press

Milwaukee — Before he became the NFL’s highest-paid player again, Aaron Rodgers wore a denim suit and cowboy hat that made him look as if he were going to serve as a chaperone at a square dance.

For Rodgers, it’s kind of a big deal either way.

Rodgers, a two-time NFL MVP, signed a four-year extension with the Green Bay Packers on Wednesday that would keep him under contract through the 2023 season.

The four-year deal is worth $134 million, with more than $100 million in guaranteed money. Rodgers’ former teammate, NFL Network analyst James Jones, first reported the agreement.

Rodgers’ new annual average salary of $33.5 million per year would eclipse Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan’s five-year extension worth $30 million a year and Matthew Stafford’s contract with the Lions for $27 million.

“Looking forward to making some more memorable moments this year, and for years to come,” Rodgers posted on an Instagram in a thank you message to the organization, teammates and fans.

Rodgers turns 35 in December. He signed his previous extension, a five-year deal worth $110 million, before the 2013 season.

Rodgers had fallen behind in the ever-escalating world of NFL salaries since then, making him a relative bargain. He never voiced concern about his compensation. Both general manager Brian Gutekunst and Rodgers had expressed confidence that a new deal would get done.

“I talk with my agent daily, so I’m aware of conversations,” Rodgers said when training camp opened last month.

“But I’m really not too worried about it … like I said, there’s more than mutual interest on both sides.”

Feds charge Browns LB

Browns linebacker Mychal Kendricks was criminally charged Wednesday with an alleged $1.2 million insider trading scheme involving a Harvard-educated investment banker turned TV writer.

Both men are expected to plead guilty in the coming weeks to alleged crimes that occurred between 2013 and 2015, officials said.

Prosecutors say Kendricks, 27, of Philadelphia, exchanged cash bribes, Eagles tickets, and invitations to nightclub promotions and to the set of a music video featuring pop star Teyana Taylor for inside financial information on four companies eventually acquired in deals that sent their stock prices soaring.

Kendricks, who will not be in the lineup for Cleveland’s game against the Lions at Ford Field, apologized to his family as well as the NFL, his coaches, teammates, and the owners of the Eagles and the Browns.

Extra points

Vikings wide receiver Cayleb Jones has been arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor domestic assault and theft.

Dakota County Jail records show that Jones was arrested by Eagan police. He also is accused of interfering on a 911 call.

... The Seahawks and Packers are heading into the 2018 season with new backup quarterbacks.

The Seahawks acquired quarterback Brett Hundley from the Packers for an undisclosed draft pick.

... The Saints have agreed to acquire veteran quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and a sixth-round pick from the Jets for a third-round draft pick.

Bridgewater completed 28-of-38 passes for 316 yards during the exhibition season.