With the exception of new contracts for wide receiver Greg Jennings, a free agent in 2013, and perhaps for quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who is signed through 2014, the Green Bay Packers have a fairly short "to-do" list when it comes to contracts.
That list is even smaller as a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed that the team recently signed veteran long-snapper Brett Goode to a three-year, $2.715 million contract extension.
"Brett would have been an unrestricted free agent after the season and the Packers approached us about an extension," Goode's agent, Kevin Gold of longsnap.com, told Shutdown Corner. "They recently locked up their kicker (Mason Crosby) and punter (Tim Masthay) and Brett really wanted to stay, so we were able to reach a new deal through 2015 that made sense for both sides."
Goode, who turns 28 on Nov. 2, had been earning $700,000 in base salary in the second season of a two-year, $1.65 million extension he signed on Jan. 1, 2011. According to a source with knowledge of the new contract, which was signed on Oct. 13, the day before the Packers' 42-24 win over the Houston Texans, Goode received a $325,000 signing bonus and his 2012 base salary remains at $700,000. Goode is scheduled to earn base salaries of $715,000 (2013), $730,000 (2014) and $870,000 (2015), with $25,000 workout bonuses available in each year of the extension.
With an average per year (APY) of $905,000, Goode's extension ranks 12th among NFL long-snappers in terms of APY, edging out the $901,250 average on the four-year deal that J.J. Jansen signed with the Carolina Panthers on Feb. 8, 2012. Goode joined the Packers to replace the injured Jansen prior to the start of the 2008 season.
In terms of APY, Clark Harris of the Cincinnati Bengals has the highest APY via his $1.26 million restricted free agent tender. Jon Condo of the Oakland Raiders has the highest APY ($1.183 million) among multi-year contracts and New York Giants two-time Pro Bowler Zak DeOssie will make the most cash among NFL long-snappers this season, taking home $1,529,185 after receiving a $800,000 signing bonus on a three-year, $3.45 million extension in April.
Undrafted out of Arkansas in 2007, the 6-foot-1, 255-pound Goode went to training camp with the Jacksonville Jaguars as a rookie, but did not earn a spot on the 53-man roster. Goode has handled the long-snapping duties in Green Bay over the last 77 regular and post-season games, recording 10 tackles and recovering a fumble.