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Here it is, guys. The Aaron Rodgers extension that breaks all the banks.

The Packers have finalized a contract extension with Rodgers that’s been in the works for quite some time. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport says it’s the richest contract in NFL history, eclipsing the average annual mark set by Joe Flacco earlier this offseason ($20.1 million).

Ready for the terms? You’ll be reminded that you have less money than Aaron Rodgers.

Wow indeed, Rapsheet. Wow indeed.

Rodgers is quite happy about this turn of events. Hey Aaron, is that a wad of cash in your pocket, or are you really happy to see us?

Say, is the draft still on tonight?

Rapoport also adds that despite the mountainous collection of cash that Rodgers has now signed off on which will keep him in Green Bay through his age 35 season, the cap hit remains highly manageable after a shrewd move by general manger Ted Thompson. Over the life of the new contract, Rodgers’ cap number doesn’t exceed $21 million, which easily gives the Packers flexibility to address other needs that may arise.

That compares quite favorably to Flacco’s contract which comes with a cap hit of $29 million in the fourth year. The same elation being felt today in Green Bay also spread wide smiles across the collective face of Baltimore when the defending champs secured their pivot. But realistically, his contract will have to be restructured three years from now.

Although the record-setting deal gives Rodgers a whole lot of cash, it falls well short of the once rumored $25 million annually, which is a major win for Thompson.

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When Tony Romo signed a contract extension last Friday which contained $55 million in guaranteed money, people burned things. That’s more guaranteed cash than what’s included in Joe Flacco’s contract ($52 million), and it’s more guaranteed money than what’s contained in nearly every contract ever. It put Romo behind only Tom Brady ($57 million guaranteed), and he’s tied with Drew Brees.

As far as guaranteed money is concerned — and in the NFL, that’s the most important element in any contract — Romo was deemed to be more valuable than Flacco, and equal to Brees. The former claim isn’t necessarily wrong, because if we acknowledge Romo’s hiccups in the playoffs and during many other moments when the spotlight is shining brightly, we can also acknowledge that the quarterback wins stat is a poor way to judge a pivot’s performance. That’s what partly led to Flacco’s inflated guaranteed money, as while he was brilliant and he’s young, putting him in the same financial territory as Brees and Peyton Manning with his $20.1 million annually is a product of a culture that pays based on recency.

The going rates for Romo and Flacco are about to combine and they’ll give Aaron Rodgers some serious bank, as earlier this afternoon we were given a better idea of how much more Rodgers will cement his status as a member of the 1%.

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Eventually, the world will run out of money because quarterbacks are taking it all. At that point we’ll return to the barter system for all former monetary transactions. We’ll also become savages again as we’re forced to trade rare meats for goods and services. Canadians have an advantage, as hunting beaver is a natural instinct.

There is no standard for quarterback contracts anymore. That definition is nearly in a constant state of change, with more zeroes added every offseason. Joe Flacco, for example, just robbed the Ravens of their dollars by taking advantage of the recency effect. Or, in more lay terms, the “what have you done for me lately? Oh yeah you won the Super Bowl so here’s all the money have a nice day” effect. Flacco is a great quarterback, but he doesn’t belong in the upper echelon of the league alongside names like Tom Brady, Drew Brees, and Peyton Manning. Yet when he signed his new contract that pays him $20.1 million annually — a league high — he joined those guys, at least on financial terms.

The question I asked at the time is one pondered by many: if Flacco is worthy of a record-setting figure, then surely Aaron Rodgers will rob every bank everywhere once he agrees to his extension, right?

We’re about to get our answer.

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The regular season is expiring, meaning we are a step closer to the playoffs as well as the awarding the NFL’s Most Valuable Player. Aaron Rodgers figures to be a contender for both, with his team having a 9-4 record while sitting atop their division as he puts up elite passing numbers once again.

He’s recorded a touchdown-to-interception ratio of 29:8 thus far while completing nearly 67 percent of his passes, and he has a quarterback rating of 103.7 through 14 weeks. Interestingly enough, these numbers are down from a year ago, when the end zone was the size of a foreign continent and his receivers were always wide open regardless of the coverage, and the Cal alum was simply on fire.

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It wasn’t long ago when Aaron Rodgers stood in front of the media and professed that maybe the answer to his sacking wasn’t more blockers, rather less. If there were less blockers to use, it meant more options to throw to. And it made sense entirely; after all, it was former Ajax soccer head coach Jack Reynold’s 1920s philosophy of the “attack being the best defense” that everyone presently subscribes to and agrees with. With more attackers, there’s more for the defense to account for, and the more scoring opportunities. That’s usually a pretty successful equation.

But on Sunday Night Football, the attack fell apart. Real estate was exquisitely compressed by the zone schemes of the New York Giants, with an occasional mix of the forever popular man coverage, and all of Rodgers’ attackers were manhandled at the line of scrimmage prior to being imprisoned by the Giants’ defenders. Rodgers was brought down repeatedly after running to find a teammate due to his five over matched — “lesser” blockers, one might say — blockers.

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If I could accurately predict every relevant Sunday fantasy outcome, I wouldn’t be typing these words right now, and instead I would live in a gold mountain with several pet tigers. Since I have yet to develop either that ability or cloud psychokinesis, like the rest of you I will on occasion get a prediction laughably wrong. Long ago I stopped caring about this, as the court jester’s purpose is to entertain, and the denizens of the Internet only speak when you’re wrong, and there’s complete silence when a prediction is nailed squarely.

On a day when Robert Griffin III — fantasy’s leading point producer — had only eight rushing yards after averaging 66.9 per game, and Aaron Rodgers had his hind region thoroughly kicked by the Jaguars (seriously), there’s been plenty of laughing and failed predictions. That’s good, because laughing >crying. Always.

With that in mind, it’s onwards with our main observations/rants/statistical surprises from the nine early games in yet another week that has a horrendously unbalanced Sunday schedule. Seriously, NFL, give us more than just two late games.

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What the hell does Aaron Rodgers know about winning?

In a rare move from a seasoned veteran, Aaron Rodgers turned heads in the NFL this past week when he criticized Green Bay’s backups for poor practice habits.

“For whatever reason, the rookies have not picked up the practice tempo or the importance of the scout-team looks as well as maybe it’s been in the past. There needs to be a level of professionalism that is current through the entire team from the veterans to the rookies that they kind of understand how each part of the day adds to the preparation. And I think it definitely can be improved on their standpoint from an assignment and a tempo side of practice.”

In turn Rodgers was criticized by the media for throwing younger and lesser known teammates under the bus, a rare move in professional sports. Seriously, who blames the backups? Was Rodgers blowing off some steam? Shifting blame? Or could it be the media missed and Rodgers was onto something no one else knew about?

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