Packers make Alexander highest-paid corner in NFL
The Green Bay Packers have agreed a four-year contract extension with Jaire Alexander to make him the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL.
According to multiple reports, Green Bay and Alexander have come to terms on a deal worth $84million.
The Packers have made that commitment to the 2018 first-round pick despite him playing just four games last season.
Alexander suffered a sprained shoulder in the Week 4 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers and underwent surgery.
He did not play again in the regular season. Alexander was activated for the Divisional Round game with the San Francisco 49ers but played only eight defensive snaps as the Packers lost 13-10 at home.
Despite his injury-hindered 2021, Alexander is still tied for 14th among all corners for pass breakups since 2018, registering 44 in that time.
In his last full season in 2020, Alexander was arguably the top corner in the NFL.
He allowed a burn, which is when a receiver wins his matchup with a defender on a play where he is targeted, on just 30.6 per cent of targets, the second-best ratio among corners with at least 50 targets.
Alexander was first in burn yards per target (5.22), burn yards per snap (0.84) and second in big-play rate allowed (13 per cent).
And he will now be paid at a rate that reflects his importance to the Packers, Alexander's deal set to pay him $31m in year one, $45m through year two and $61m through year three.