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Cheese Curds 1/31: Alex Smith is going to make Aaron Rodgers a very rich man

The Brinks trucks are on standby for the two-time MVP

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In the most ironic fashion, Alex Smith is going to make Aaron Rodgers really, REALLY rich.

Everyone remembers the 2005 NFL Draft when Smith, not Rodgers, was drafted first overall by the San Francisco 49ers and started the freefall for Rodgers all the way to number 24 where the Green Bay Packers famously selected the future hall of fame signal caller.

Since that day, their careers went the opposite of their draft positions. Smith did nothing of consequence in San Francisco while Rodgers became arguably the most gifted passer in the league after sitting behind Brett Favre for three years. Smith has done some decent work since being traded to the Kansas City Chiefs but has come nowhere close to the level Rodgers has acheived in his career.

That’s why last night’s news that Smith is reportedly being shipped to the Washington Redskins so ironic. Smith also has reportedly agreed on a new four year extension that will pay him $23.5 million per year and roughly $70 million in guarantees.

Rodgers, who is due for an extension of his own this season, probably heard his phone make a ‘cha-ching’ sound upon seeing the news of the Smith deal. Combine this news with whatever deal Kirk Cousins likely signs in free agency and Rodgers is likely going to be able to go scuba diving in some coins this summer.

In fact, Rodgers in theory could get the NFL’s first fully guaranteed contract. Is he worth it? Most Packers fans after suffering through the Brett Hundley Show in 2017 would likely say yes.

Read more on Smith’s (borderline) insane deal and more in today’s cheese curds

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