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Packers’ Rashan Gary agrees to 4-year, $107.5M extension


Rob DemovskyESPN EditorOctober 30, 2023, 8:44 a.m. ET2 minute read

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Rashan Gary has signed a four-year, $107 million contract extension with the Green Bay Packers, he announced Monday.

The 2019 first-round pick was playing this season with a $10.892 million fifth-year option on his rookie contract.

Gary’s new deal includes $96 million in new money, including a $34,646,928 signing bonus, a source told ESPN. The total value of the deal, which runs through the 2027 season, could reach $107,532,706, including all bonuses.

Gary was in line for an extension long before that until he tore the ACL in his left knee last November. The Packers opted to wait and see how Gary returned from his injury, and it was immediately apparent that Gary was as good, if not better, than he was before the injury.

While starting the season with limited snaps, which has increased each week but has limited him to just 39 percent of defensive snaps this season, Gary has 4.5 sacks and 15 pressures in seven games. He played a season-high 46 defensive snaps in Sunday’s loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

If the Packers needed convincing that Gary didn’t lose anything from his injury, it should have come in Week 3 against the New Orleans Saints. Gary had three sacks in just 23 snaps, only 18 of which were pass rushes, while the Packers still held him on a limited number of snaps.

“I don’t know what it did to me, but it definitely made me a hungrier player,” Gary said recently of his injury. “And I was already a hungry player.”

Gary has 27 sacks in 63 career games.

San Francisco’s Nick Bosa reset the market earlier this season by signing a five-year, $170 million contract extension that made him the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history with an average of 34 million dollars per year.

TJ Watt ranked second among Edge Rushers with $28.15 million per year, followed by Joey Bosa ($27 million) and Myles Garrett ($25 million). The new money in Gary’s deal puts him just below Garrett at $24 million.

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