Here’s what nfl.com’s Ian Rapoport tweeted an hour or so ago:
#Packers S Morgan Burnett signed a 4-year extension worth $24.75M with $8.25M guarantees, I’m told. Back to this golf course in Mississippi.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 15, 2013
A deal that’s been in the works for some time now was reportedly consummated this afternoon – a deal that will keep Burnett in Green and Gold for the bulk of his playing days. Should he fulfill the entirety of this contract, he would be an eight-year veteran when this deal closes out. And considering that Burnett is viewed in the organization as an ascending player whose best days are ahead of him, this is a screaming deal.
Not only does it lock up an important cog in the Packers’ defense, but it does it at a fair price. Burnett gets his security and the Packers lock up a player who is the bedrock of the defensive backfield – and one of the team’s most durable players who helps to strengthen a position where the Packers find themselves woefully thin as they head into training camp.
With a reported $16 million under the cap, the Packers had plenty of change to play with in signing Burnett, who will average right around $5 million per year. Burnett will have the seventh highest salary on the Packers, eclipsed only by Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews, Tramon Williams, Jermichael Finley, Josh Sitton, and Ryan Pickett.
This signing is an important one for the Packers and another feather in Thompson’s cap. The franchise leaders can breathe a bit easier heading into training camp now that Burnett is in the fold – now the key is keeping him healthy and not burning him out. Remember, he played every single down in 2012. To keep him at the top of his game, they most likely won’t be doing that again. We saw what happened to B.J. Raji when he was on the field too long.
But it’s always exciting when an established player decides to re-sign with the Green and Gold. We look forward to watching Burnett continue his maturation and growth over the next four seasons.