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Friday, April 26, 2013
Flacco no longer NFL's highest-paid player

By Jamison Hensley

Remember all of the uproar over Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco becoming the NFL's highest-paid player? Well, he's not anymore.

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Just 53 days after Flacco signed his record-setting agreement, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers eclipsed it Friday night. Rodgers agreed on a five-year, $110 million contract extension, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Rodgers' $22 million per-year average tops Flacco's $20.1 million average ($120.6 million over six years). Flacco accurately predicted how long his run as the highest-paid player would last.

"I’m sure in a couple of months from now, someone is going to sign a deal, and you guys are going to be talking to them about how they are the highest paid guy in NFL history," Flacco said after signing his contract on March 4. "That’s just the name of the game. I know that this isn’t going to hold up for that long, but that’s not a priority of mine to be the highest-paid guy. The priority of mine was to get that respect that I felt, that I feel now from this organization.”

I wonder if Rodgers is going to celebrate in style like Flacco did.