Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay’s top draft pick this year, signed a five-year contract last Saturday that’s worth $7.655 million, but includes escalator clauses that could considerably raise the value.
Rodgers received a $1.5 million signing bonus and $620,000 roster bonus as part of the deal this year, according to the Green Bay Press-Gazette. That money is paid upfront. He is scheduled to receive a $3.01 million option bonus in 2006. Including his base salaries of $230,000 this year and $310,000 next season, Rodgers will earn $5.67 million in his first two NFL seasons.
Rodgers’ contract includes escalator clauses if he becomes the starting quarterback in place of Brett Favre. If Rodgers plays at least 50 percent or more of the snaps, his base salaries will jump $625,000 per season from 2007 to 2009, and a $1 million from 2007 to 2009.
If Rodgers is the starting QB for the Packers from 2006 through 2009, he will add $8.25 million to hs salaries from 2007-09 because the escalators don’t kick in until 2007. If Favre retires after 2006 and Rodgers takes over as the full-time starter in 2007 through 2009, he’ll add $5.25 million to his salaries. If he doesn’t become the starter till 2008, he’ll add $2.2 million to his salary.