Freeman’s $42 Million Deal With Packers Makes Him NFL’s Highest-Paid Wide Receiver – Antonio Freeman

Freeman’s $42 Million Deal With Packers Makes Him NFL’s Highest-Paid Wide Receiver – Antonio Freeman – Brief Article

Antonio Freeman has had a payday unlike any other NFL wide receiver.

Freeman inked a seven-year, $42 million contract with the Green Bay Packers, making him the NFL’s highest-paid wide receiver.

“It was everything I hoped and dreamed,” Freeman said. “I’m just happy to be a Green Bay Packer for a long, long time to come. I love it here, and I always wanted to be here.”

Freeman’s agent, Joel Segal, said the deal also includes a $10 million dollar signing bonus, the largest ever for a wide receiver, and the second-highest paid in team history.

The contract includes two voidable years, which means the All-Pro wide receiver can opt out of the deal after five seasons. The contract is contingent on Freeman’s playing in 25 percent of the Packers’ offensive plays in any season.

“This is a landmark contract,” Segal said. “This is something that’s never been done before. It breaks the ice for all other receivers.”

Historically contracts for wide receivers have lagged behind those for other skill-position players, partly due to the higher likelihood of injury at the position. But the Packers believed that Freeman was an impact player who deserved top dollar.

Freeman set career highs last season with 84 catches for 14 touchdowns and a league-best 1,424 yards, despite breaking his jaw late in the year.

Last summer, the Packers offered Freeman a five-year, $17 million contract with a signing bonus of just over $3 million. Freeman declined the deal, opting to play for the team’s reduced offer of $1.153 million and the opportunity to become a free agent at the end of the season.

“I took a gamble,” Freeman said, “and it worked out.”

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