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Originally published Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 8:46 PM

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Rodgers, Packers closing in on big contract extension

Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers are getting closer to a contract extension that would make him the highest-paid player in NFL history...

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Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers are getting closer to a contract extension that would make him the highest-paid player in NFL history, league sources have told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Both Rodgers and the Packers are hesitant to comment on a potential extension, but league-wide speculation is that the deal could average $25 million per year.

Both sides have been extremely careful when publicly commenting on a deal. But those familiar with the contract talks believe a deal will be completed this offseason, and could happen sooner rather than later.

A former Super Bowl MVP, Rodgers is under contract through 2014, having signed a six-year, $65 million contract in October 2008. Rodgers' base salary in 2013 is $9.25 million, while his 2014 deal is worth $10.5 million.

Those financial figures are drastically less than the contracts struck recently by other star quarterbacks. Rodgers' new deal is expected to rival those of Joe Flacco, Drew Brees and Peyton Manning, a trio of Super Bowl MVPs whose contracts are among the richest in NFL history.

Flacco became the NFL's highest-paid player earlier this month when he signed a six-year, $120.6 million contract with the reigning champion Baltimore Ravens. The Saints signed Brees to a deal last year that pays him an annual base salary of $20 million. Manning's deal with the Denver Broncos pays a base salary of $18 million.

Rodgers, 29, passed for 4,295 yards and 39 touchdowns last season while leading the Packers to their fourth consecutive playoff appearance. The three-time Pro Bowler enjoyed his best season in 2011, when he was named league MVP after passing for 4,643 yards and 45 touchdowns.


signs Tapp

The Washington Redskins signed former Seahawks defensive end Darryl Tapp to a one-year deal, two people with knowledge of the deal confirmed to the Washington Post.

A seven-year veteran out of Virginia Tech, Tapp spent the first four seasons of his career with Seattle and played the last three years in Philadelphia.

Last season he appeared in 13 games, recording 17 tackles and half a sack.

At 6 feet 1, 270 pounds, Tapp doesn't fit the mold of the bigger-bodied 3-4 defensive end, so he likely will have to switch to outside linebacker in Washington's system. The Redskins have Pro Bowl bookends Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan as their starters at right and left outside linebacker, respectively, so Tapp likely would be used as a reserve.

He could be an insurance policy for the Redskins, who were without Orakpo for most of last season, and likely will be without backup outside linebacker Rob Jackson for the first four games of the 2013 season after he tested positive for a banned substance.

Tapp, a Portsmouth, Va., native, tweeted: "some times you just gotta go home."


• The New England Patriots signed free-agent wide receiver Michael Jenkins.

• New Orleans general manager Mickey Loomis said the Saints and free-agent linebacker Victor Butler have agreed to terms on a two-year contract.

• Defensive lineman Vaughn Martin signed a two-year contract with the Miami Dolphins after starting the past two seasons with the San Diego Chargers.

• The Indianapolis Colts acquired fullback Stanley Havili in a trade with Philadelphia for defensive end Clifton Geathers.

• The Chicago Bears said running back Armando Allen signed his exclusive rights tender.

• The Kansas City Chiefs hired former Vikings coach Brad Childress, reuniting him with coach Andy Reid.

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