Morgan Burnett Has a New Deal

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Morgan Burnett

Morgan Burnett

The Green Bay Packers have signed safety Morgan Burnett to a four-year contract extension.

Ian Rapoport says it’s a four-year extension worth $24.75 million and includes a $8.25 million in guaranteed money. Burnett can make up to $26 million with incentives and he’ll get $15 million over the first two years of the deal.

Burnett was entering the final season of his rookie deal and was scheduled to make $1.3 million this season.

The new deal will keep Burnett with the Packers through 2017. When it’s all said and done, the contract will average a little over $5.2 million per season.

That will make Burnett the 11th highest-paid safety in the league based on average salary. And that’s probably good enough for a guy who hasn’t been to a Pro Bowl.

Burnett did lead the Packers in tackles in 2012, though, with 123. Troy Polamalu is the league’s highest-paid safety at an average of $9.125 million per season.

However, most guys ahead of Burnett on the average salary list are older. Burnett is just 24 and should be entering his prime. He’s started all 16 games the past two seasons.

In 2012, he added two sacks, two forced fumbles and two picks to those 123 tackles.

Once the numbers are crunched, the Packers will likely have around $8 million in salary cap space left.

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5 Comments on "Morgan Burnett Has a New Deal"

  1. FITZCORE1252

    This is a good deal for both sides, I’m expecting a big year from Morgan – much like Collins 4th yr- if that’s the case, it would’ve only been more expensive later. Now Shields and BJ.

  2. the real russ letlow

    I agree FITZ, sounds like we got a good deal done. If he continues to get better, the deal gets that much better too. Plus the player gets his now as well. I like it.

  3. distin

    This is the kind of move TT makes that seperates him from these other bum GMS… Morgan’s on the brink of being a house hold name, he just needs a consistent partner to duo with. Hoping McMillan can prove himself to be that guy in in camp.

  4. trvs

    I think this speaks volumes to the “Packer System” This man tore his ACL and came back to play like over 90% of the defensive snaps?? Thats pretty incredible. While being consistent, not blowing people up or 80 yard pick sixes, but he shows up every game. I think he will have a good year.

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