The Green Bay Packers have opened their checkbook and gave All-Pro corner Jaire Alexander a record-breaking extension. According to NFL Insider Ian Rapoport, Alexander inked a four-year, $84 million deal.
Alexander gets a $30 million signing bonus and will now have an average yearly salary of $21 million. This is the most by any defensive back in NFL history.
Alexander, the Packers’ first-round selection in 2018, had one year left on his rookie deal entering this season. By locking him to a long-term extension, the Packers ensure they have one of the league’s best corners on their roster for years to come. Green Bay also got a sizeable salary cap relief as a bonus.
Since entering the league, the Louisville product hasn’t wasted any time establishing himself as one of the budding stars in the league. Alexander got at least 51 tackles, 11 passes defended, and an interception in his first three seasons as a Packer. He was especially productive in 2020 when he earned Pro Bowl and second-team All-Pro honors.
The 2021 NFL season was more testing for the 25-year-old player, as he only managed to play four games due to a shoulder injury. Still, the Packers obviously believe Alexander will have no trouble returning to elite level and be the front face of arguably the best corner group in the league.