Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers heard boos during training camp when he took over from Brett Favre in 2008. Now it looks like he'll start and finish his career in a Packers uniform.
Rodgers gave his first public interview since signing a four-year contract extension that should keep him in Green Bay through 2023. The deal is worth up to $180 million, and the annual salary of $33.5 million is the highest in the NFL.
"It does feel good knowing that my future's going to be in Green Bay," Rodgers said during a Thursday teleconference. "I think that just gives me even more clout and respect in the locker room with the guys knowing that I'm committed and the team is committed to me for a number of years now."
Rodgers said momentum had been gathering for about a week, and he knew a deal would be done sooner rather than later.
"There is a lot of mutual love and respect and excitement about keeping this partnership together."
Rodgers, 34, is entering his 14th NFL season.