Packers sign Aaron Rodgers to $110 million extension

GREEN BAY, Wis. — 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.


‘‘I’m excited to know my future is here and I’ll be here for a lot longer,’’ Rodgers said inside the locker room at Lambeau Field.

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Locking up Rodgers was a priority for the Packers, who are 53-27 in five years with him at the helm. Rodgers also led them to the Super Bowl title following the 2010 season.

‘‘An exciting day for our football program,’’ Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. ‘‘Aaron is an excellent illustration of a Green Bay Packer. It is truly a blessing to witness his continued accomplishments, both on and off the field.’’

Last season, Rodgers threw for 4,295 yards and 39 touchdowns while completing 67.2 percent of his passes.

Rodgers has thrown for 21,661 yards and 171 touchdowns, and he has had a quarterback rating of 101.2 or better in all but one season as a starter. His quarterback rating of 122.5 in 2011 is an NFL record.