39-year-old quarterback Aaron Rodgers went to bed last night as the NFL’s highest quarterback per year on average. A 24-year-old passed him by on Monday. Rodgers has 59.465 million due to him in guaranteed money if he plays this season. But his average stands closer to $50 million with the three-year deal worth $150 million that Rodgers signed last offseason. Jalen Hurts has a bigger bag coming to him.
Aaron Rodgers is the second-highest-paid QB
Hurts signed a five-year deal with $255 million, per multiple reports. $179.304 million of that is guaranteed. According to Field Yates with ESPN, Hurts will make about $2 million more yearly than Rodgers. Hurts will now be the league’s highest-paid player ever.
Highest-paid QBs in the NFL in new money average per year:
1. Jalen Hurts: $51M
2. Aaron Rodgers: $49M
3. Kyler Murray: $46.1M
4. Deshaun Watson: $46M
5. Patrick Mahomes: $45M
6. Josh Allen: $43M
T-7. Daniel Jones: $40M
T-7. Matthew Stafford: $40M
T-7. Dak Prescott: $40M
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) April 17, 2023
Aaron Rodgers isn’t making bad money. He can easily afford to skip out on the $50,000 he’d get for busting up the Packers’ offseason workout program. But Rodgers is no longer the top earner in the NFL, and will watch as younger quarterbacks sign bigger contracts as his career fades. That’s how time and contracts work in the NFL.
Hurts had a much better season than Rodgers in 2022. Hurts came a drive away from winning the Super Bowl and finished second in the NFL MVP race. Rodgers, battling through a broken thumb injury, was not able to defend his back-to-back MVP crown and failed to lead the Packers to the playoffs.
In the Packers and Eagles head-to-head matchup last season, Rodgers was outplayed by Hurts and was unable to finish the game. Rodgers finished 11/16 passing for 140 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Hurts threw for 153 yards with two touchdown passes. He ran for another 157 yards.
Love replaced the ailing Rodgers in the fourth quarter and nearly led a comeback, but the Eagles held on to in 40-33. Love’s play in that game could have played a role in Rodgers’ choice to play with the New York Jets this coming fall.
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