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Aaron Rodgers signs richest contract in NFL history

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The Green Bay Packers rewarded quarterback Aaron Rodgers with a contract extension on Friday, April 26.

According to NFL.com, the five-year deal is worth $110 million. The contract is the richest in NFL history, shattering Joe Flacco's six-year, $120.6 million contract.

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Rodgers will earn $62 million in the first three years and $40 million this season, with his $22 million average topping Flacco's annual salary of $20.1 million.

Rodgers is entering his ninth season with the Packers after being selected 24th overall in the 2005 NFL Draft. Since becoming the team's starter in 2008, Rodgers has thrown for 21,332 yards, which is the most in NFL history for a starting quarterback in his first five years under center.

The California product, who has been selected to the Pro Bowl three of the past four seasons, passed for 4,295 yards last season to go along with 39 touchdowns and just eight interceptions. For his career, Rodgers has completed 1,752 passes for 21,661 yards, 171 touchdowns and 46 interceptions.

Final day draft picks

Offensive lineman David Bakhtiari was the first of nine Green Bay choices on the final day of the 2013 NFL Draft. The 6-4, 301 pounder played his college ball at Colorado. He was the 109th player taken.

Another offensive lineman, J.C. Tretter, was the 122nd player chosen and the Packers' second pick in the fourth round. He is 6-3 and 307 pounds and played at Cornell.

UCLA speedster Johnathan Franklin became the second running back taken by the Packers. He was the 125th player drafted. Franklin is known as a runner and receiver. He is 5-10 and 200 pounds.

Cornerback Micah Hyde of Iowa was the first pick of the 5th round for Green Bay. His coach says the 5-11, 194-pound player has a high football IQ. He was the 159th player taken in the draft.

Defensive tackle Josh Boyd played at Mississippi State. One of a record 63 SEC players drafted this week. He was pick number 167. Boyd is 6-2 and 307 pounds.

Linebacker Nate Palmer played at Illinois State. He is 6-2 and 248 pounds, and very fast for his size. He was the 193rd pick and Green Bay's only selection in the 6th round.

Wide receiver Charles Johnson played for Grand Valley State, catching 128 passes in two seasons for 31 touchdowns. Ran a 4.4-second 40-yard dash. He has good size at 6-2 and 215 pounds. Johnson was the 216th draft selection.

Wide receiver Kevin Dorsey played at Maryland, catching 81 passes for nine touchdowns in two seasons as a starter. He is 6-1 and 207. Dorsey was the 224th player taken.

And, linebacker Sam Barrington played at South Florida. He is 6-1 and 240 pounds. Lost weight and picked up speed after his senior season. He was taken 232nd.

Lacey says he's healthy

Alabama running back Eddie Lacy says his hamstring is healed and he's ready to run the ball for the green and gold. The Packers made Lacy the 61st overall selection of the 2013 NFL Draft. He had been projected as a first-round selection, but doubts about his health helped him slip to the second.

Green Bay had also been looking closely at the University of Wisconsin's record-setting back Montee Ball, but Denver picked him.

At 5-11 and 230 pounds, Lacy is expected to be that up-the-middle runner the Packers haven't had in recent seasons.

Complete list of Packer draft picks

1st Round: Datone Jones, defensive end, UCLA, 6-4, 280, 4.80/40

2nd Round: Eddie Lacy, running back, Alabama, 5-11, 229, 4.60/40

4th Round: David Bakhtiari, offensive line, Colorado, 6-4, 301, 5.08/40; J.C. Tretter, offensive line, Cornell, 6-3, 307, 5.04/40; Johnathan Franklin, running back, UCLA, 5-10, 200, 4.50/40

5th Round: Micah Hyde, cornerback, Iowa, 5-11, 194, 4.57/40;

Josh Boyd, defensive tackle, Mississippi State, 6-2, 307, 5.14/40

6th Round: Nate Palmer, linebacker, Illinois State, 6-2, 248, 4.72/40

7th Round: Charles Johnson, wide receiver, Grand Valley State, 6-2, 215, 4.40/40

Kevin Dorsey, wide receiver, Maryland, 6-1, 207, 4.47/40

Sam Barrington, linebacker, South Florida, 6-1, 240, 4.85/40

Packers sign undrafted rookies

The Green Bay Packers continue to sign undrafted rookies after this past weekend's draft. So far, Green Bay has come to terms with:

Lane Taylor, OL, Oklahoma State

Angelo Pease, RB, Kansas State

Matt Brown, QB, Illinois State

Ben Ericksen, S, Illinois State

Gilbert Pena, DT, Mississippi

Jake Stoneburner, TE, Ohio State

Patrick Lewis, C, Texas A&M

Miles White, WR, Louisiana Tech

Andy Mulumba, OLB/DE, Eastern Michigan

Ryan Robertson, FB, Texas

Jeremy Vujnovich, T, Louisiana College

The Packers will continue to invite undrafted players the rookie orientation camp to be held the weekend of May 10-12.

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