Quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers have reached agreement on a five-year contract extension that will pay Rodgers $110 million in addition to the $20.75 million remaining on the final two years of his current contract.
The $22 million annual average for Rodgers puts him ahead of Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco. The Super Bowl MVP signed a contract in March that averages $21.6 million per year.
Rodgers' contract will reportedly include $40 million total in the first year and runs through the 2019 season, when he will be 36 years old.
The Packers are 53-27 in Rodgers' five years as a starter, and he led them to the Super Bowl title following the 2010 season.
His quarterback rating of 122.5 in 2011 is an NFL record.
In 2012, Rodgers completed 65.7 percent of his passes with 39 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He had a quarterback rating of 108.0.
---Former LSU cornerback Tharold Simon, who is expected to be taken in this year's NFL Draft, was arrested Thursday night in his hometown of Eunice, La., on suspicion of intimidating an officer, multiple media outlets reported.
According to the reports, Simon was allegedly blocking a residential street with his car when officers asked him to move his vehicle. He was charged with public intimidation, resisting a police officer and for unnecessary noise violations, according to Eunice Police. He was released on $11,000 bond Friday morning.
The Shreveport Times reported the incident took place on the eve of "Tharold Simon Day" in Eunice.
---The Pittsburgh Steelers agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent running back LaRod Stephens-Howling, the team announced. Financial terms of the one-year deal were not disclosed.
Stephens-Howling has three career kickoff returns for touchdowns. In 2012, he played in 14 games, including five starts, and rushed for 357 yards for the Arizona Cardinals.
---Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said trade talks with the Miami Dolphins involving franchise-tagged left tackle Branden Albert were on again.
Left to resolve are matters of compensation. Albert is guaranteed $9.8 million in 2013 due to the franchise designation applied by the Chiefs and wants a new contract if he's dealt.
To get him from the Chiefs, the Dolphins would have to part with multiple draft picks or a veteran.
---ESPN and NFL Network combined to average a 5.9 overnight Nielsen rating in first round coverage of the NFL Draft on Thursday night, according to Sports Business Daily.
The rating was the same as last year and tied for second-best first round overnight, behind 2010, the first year the draft aired in primetime.