Aaron Rodgers didn't take the route that most young star quarterbacks take today. Rather than start immediately, he was left to sit behind Brett Favre for a few years before his star could rise.
But it did rise, and Rodgers quickly ascended from a top prospect to top 10 quarterback to, at his best, the absolute top QB in the league. At 34, having been in the NFL for over a decade, he isn't seeking to prove himself in anyway, instead padding his resume and hoping to add another Super Bowl ring to his collection. He has already secured his status as one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game.
Becoming an all-time great in the NFL is a pretty solid ego boost, and it doesn't just get you awards and validation from the fans. As a solid perk, Aaron Rodgers has made fantastic money as quarterback for the Green Bay Packers. How much is the Packers legend worth?
What Is Aaron Rodgers' Net Worth?
With all his success, what is Rodgers' actual net worth? Celebrity Net Worth estimates it at approximately $120 million.
That number is likely to grow quite a bit over time. Rodgers, like so many other NFL quarterbacks over the past several years, went through a period of getting a hefty new contract and becoming the highest-paid quarterback in the league.
Aaron Rodgers Contract
Unsurprisingly, Rodgers has made most of his money for football. Though his worth is reported to be around $120 million, he has made over $233 million in cash earnings from football, according to Spotrac. And by the time Rodgers is eligible to become a free agent, he will have made over $313 million.
It's doubtful that he's complaining. But he actually could've made far more if things had gone his way - and how people predicted it would.
Aaron Rodgers Career
Aaron Rodgers was seen by many as the top quarterback available in the 2005 NFL Draft, and the stage was set not only for him to be drafted first overall, but as a result to go to his hometown team, the San Francisco 49ers.
That didn't happen, though, as the 49ers took Alex Smith. And with few teams desperately needing a quarterback, Rodgers infamously fell down the draft boards, powerless to do anything but watch before the Packers finally took him 24th overall.
How much did that cost him? He signed his first deal with Green Bay in August of 2005, a 5-year deal worth $7.7 million. Alex Smith, as the first overall pick, signed a 6-year deal worth $49.5 million.
Aaron Rodgers and the Packers
When the time came for Rodgers to finally become the starting QB in 2008, it didn't take long for the Packers organization to realize what they had in him. His first extension came midway through that same season - 6 years, $63 million.
During that contract, Rodgers became a superstar. He led that upstart Packers team to a victory in Super Bowl XLV and won the Super Bowl MVP for the 2010 season. The next year he won MVP for the entire season, turning into a machine, the ideal combination of arm strength and accuracy. He led the Packers to a 15-1 record and heavy favorites to repeat as Super Bowl champions, but they were upset by Eli Manning and the eventual champion Giants.
That $63 million deal seemed like a bargain by the time it was set to expire, but Green Bay never let it come close to actually expiring. His most recent extension came in 2013, adding 5 years worth $110 million. That $22 million annual salary was, at the time, the highest salary in the NFL. And that's not even mentioning the signing bonus he got for it. Combining the bonus and salary, Rodgers made nearly $40 million playing football in 2013 alone!
Rodgers would take the Packers to the playoffs again in each of the next several years. Sometimes through dramatics - take the 2013 season, when Rodgers returned from injury to start the last game of the season and defeat the rival Bears for the division crown - and sometimes through sheer dominance, like his 2014 season where he threw for 38 touchdowns and won his second league MVP award.
That 2014 season was the closest Rodgers has gotten so far to returning to the Super Bowl, making it to the NFC Championship Game where the Packers would lose in devastating fashion to the Seahawks. They would make the NFC Championship Game in the 2016-17 season as well, but were easily handled by Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons.
Injuries say Rodgers start only 7 games in 2017, and while he started every game for the team in 2018 he fought through injuries as well (though you wouldn't have guessed from his stellar 25-2 touchdown to interception ratio). The 2018 season was a particular struggle for the Packers, and saw Mike McCarthy - the only head coach Rodgers started under (he sat his first year, under head coach Mike Sherman) - fired midseason.
Rodgers came into 2019 with a new head coach, Matt LaFleur, and threw for over 4,000 yards for the third time in four years as the team went 13-3 to earn a first-round bye in the playoffs. Yet it was their defense that impressed more than Rodgers, averaging under 20 points per game.
How Much Money Does Aaron Rodgers Have Left on His Contract?
A star player of Aaron Rodgers' caliber rarely if ever ends up playing the last year or two of a contract before getting an extension. And in August of 2018, with two years left on his previous contract extension, Rodgers signed another one - a 4-year extension worth $134 million, at the time the largest contract in NFL history (it has since been supplanted by Russell Wilson). So large was this extension that Rodgers was ranked 7th among the highest-paid athletes of 2018-19.
This extension takes him through the 2023-24 NFL season, at the end of which Rodgers will have just turned 40. Will it be his final contract extension? Possibly, though Tom Brady continues to play at a high level well into his 40s. Set to play in a new system and with a new head coach for the first time in his career, Rodgers is in brand new territory.
Aaron Rodgers Commercials & Endorsements
Aaron Rodgers is one of the most recognizable faces in football, and that has attracted a number of big-name brands looking to attach the quality of his game to the quality of their product.
Rodgers makes $9 million in endorsement deals, of which he has had plenty over the years. He had a deal with Nike for years before switching to Adidas in 2015. He has also worked with Ford and State Farm as some of the most notably high-profile companies he endorses.
That $9 million also likely doesn't cover all the residuals. Aaron Rodgers, as any football fan knows, has his face plastered all over TV screens come football season, and those advertisements have proven popular enough to become recurring. He continues to do State Farm ads after his "Discount Double Check" ad campaign for them took off years ago, and they continue to be popular. He's started acting in them with teammate Clay Matthews. One of his more recent ones, featuring him driving in a truck with an adorable dog, went viral - because, again, adorable dog.
The truck in the commercial was even another one of Rodgers's sponsorships, the Ford F-150. And with Rodgers now signed to CAA's sports division, don't count on his face leaving your TV anytime soon.
Aaron Rodgers House & Car
Many athletes of Aaron Rodgers' caliber live in complete luxury - look at Tom Brady's many houses and apartments throughout the country. Rodgers has some nice properties, but it isn't quite on that level. That's not his fault; Green Bay is a nice city, but it doesn't have the expensive real estate of a Manhattan or Boston.
In 2017, Rodgers put up for sale a $424,900 property he owns in Suamico, WI (a short drive away from Lambeau Field). For a multimillionaire superstar, that's chump change, but few people would complain about a nice four-bedroom, three-bathroom house at that price. Plus, just imagine the bragging rights you'd earn for owning Aaron Rodgers' house. In Wisconsin, you could make a profit turning that into a Rodgers museum.
Of course, Rodgers is a Californian at heart, and he makes sure to be there when the offseason approaches. He, as many other quarterbacks have taken to doing, has a nice beach house in Del Mar, in San Diego County (Drew Brees and Carson Palmer also have houses in the area).
These houses he bought with his money. His nicest car, though? That was a reward. Those who win Super Bowl MVP aren't just immortalized in NFL history, they get a new car, too. For Rodgers' great performance defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers, he earned himself a shiny new Chevy Camaro convertible. Imagine winning a sleek new car worth well over tens of thousands of dollars, and it's the least memorable part of your night. That's Aaron Rodgers' life.