Packers Sign Safety Morgan Burnett to Four-Year Extension
(NEW YORK) -- The Green Bay Packers have made an investment for their future as they've locked in up-and-coming safety Morgan Burnett to a four-year extension.
According to NFL.com, Burnett's deal is worth a total of $24.75 million. Burnett will make $15 million the first two seasons under his new deal, and will get $8.25 million guaranteed.
The 24-year-old Burnett has been a fast riser ever since he was drafted by the Packers in the third round of hte 2010 NFL Draft.
Burnett's rookie year in 2010 was cut short after he tore his ACL and played in just four games. But for the past two seasons, Burnett has been one of the better tacklers in the NFL. In 2011 he recorded 107 tackles with three interceptions. In 2012, Burnett had 123 tackles with two interceptions.
James Laurinaitis of the St. Louis Rams was the only player in the NFL, other than Burnett, who played every defensive snap last season.
With Burnett in the fold, the Packers defense played at a much higher level last season. The team ranked 11th in the NFL in defending the pass and 17th in stopping the run.
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