Aaron Rodgers becomes highest-paid NFL player

Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers on December 23, 2012
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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers signs a five-year contract extension worth $110m (£71m).

Aaron Rodgers has become the highest-paid player in the NFL after signing a five-year contract extension worth $110m (£71m).

The Green Bay Packers quarterback is to earn an average of $22m per season according to NFL.com, eclipsing the deal signed by Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco earlier this year.

The team's general manager Ted Thompson said in a statement: "Aaron is a true professional and a special player. He works hard, is humble, and is focused on his actions, on and off the field.

"He is an excellent teammate and pushes himself and others to be the very best. We are happy to reach an agreement to extend his career with the Packers."

Head coach Mike McCarthy added: "An exciting day for our football program. 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."

Rodgers, who was drafted by the Packers in 2005, led the team to a Super Bowl win and was named league MVP in 2011.

Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers on December 23, 2012
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