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Aaron Rodgers Close to Highest-Paying Extension, WR Tavon Austin to Visit 49ers

Hefty Extension for Rodgers Coming Sooner than Later

For Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers his hefty payday appears to be on its way soon.

According to ESPN’s Adam Shefter, the team and Rodgers have been mum on the details but an extension is expected to come sooner than later that will average $25 million annually, making this the highest contract ever for an NFL player.

As of now, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is the highest-paid player in the league from his recent six-year, $120.6 million deal. This catapulted New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees deal that gives him a $20 million base salary and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning’s $18 million salary.

Rodgers currently has a contract until 2014 from the 2008 one he signed for $65 million. For 2013, he has a $9.25 million base salary while 2014’s figure is $10.5 million.

In 2012, Rodgers had 4,295 passing yards with 39 touchdowns. His best season come in 2011 as he was named by the league as MVP on his 4,643 passing yards with 45 touchdowns.

49ers Interested in WR Austin 

A lot has been said about WVU’s star quarterback Geno Smith but one of his wide receivers Tavon Austin is also a talent in his own right and is gaining some potential suitors.

One of them is the San Francisco 49ers. The player will have a pre-draft visit with the team, according to the Sacramento Bee.

Last season, Austin had 12 receiving touchdowns but he can also run and had 72 carries for 643 yards and three scores.

But there’s more that this small, 174-pound player can do. He had 48 punts over the 2011 and 2012 seasons. This included a 76-yard touchdown return last season. The versatile player was also WVU’s kick returner and scored three touchdowns, including two 100-yard returns.

One question is how this will translate to the NFL but Austin sounds like Jim Harbaugh’s type of player.

The overachiever also has never been absent from a game.  Austin had been on the long list of Heisman contenders early in the season. At this year’s combine, Austin’s 40 time was 4.32 seconds.

In addition to the 49ers, the player will also visit before the draft, the New England Patriots, the Cincinnati Bengals and the Miami Dolphins–just to name a few.

Debbie Baratz

Deb has been writing about the NFL and NCAA football for the last few years. She is a full-time writer and an avid sports fan. Follow her on twitter @ldbar.

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