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Packers sign QB Rodgers to contract extension

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Associated Press
October 31, 2008
— The Green Bay Packers made a long-term commitment to quarterback Aaron Rodgers on Friday, signing the first-year starter to a contract extension through 2014.

The team announced the deal after practice Friday afternoon, when Rodgers signed the paperwork.


“It means a lot,” Rodgers said. “I’m very excited knowing that my future is going to be here in Green Bay.”


A former standout at California, Rodgers was the Packers’ first-round pick in 2005. He then spent three years as the backup to Brett Favre.


His long-awaited opportunity to become Green Bay’s starter came when Favre retired in March. Then Favre expressed a desire to return to football, making Rodgers future seem uncertain.


But when Favre finally came out of retirement after training camp started in early August, Packers management stood by its commitment to Rodgers and traded Favre, the NFL’s only three-time MVP, to the New York Jets for a conditional draft pick.


“I appreciate the commitment that they’ve made, and I plan to reciprocate that commitment in my play and hopefully prove to them that they made the correct decision giving me this extension,” Rodgers said Friday.


The 24-year-old has had a solid beginning as a pro starter.


In seven games, he has completed 65.6 percent of his passes for 1,668 yards and 12 touchdowns with only four interceptions. His passer rating is 98.8.


Rodgers has played the last three games with a sprained throwing shoulder, which he hurt in the Packers’ 30-21 loss at Tampa Bay on Sept. 28.


Rodgers’ contract extension came as the team prepared to play at unbeaten Tennessee on Sunday.


“As we talked about in the past, we try to be proactive in our discussions with our current players, and we felt like this was an appropriate time to try to come to an agreement with Aaron,” Packers general manager Ted Thompson said in a statement. “We feel like this is good for the organization and the players, and we will continue this approach as we move forward.”



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