GREEN BAY - Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers have agreed on a contract extension.
The Packers announced the deal Friday, but didn't say how long it was for or how much he'll be paid. It's likely, however, that the 2011 NFL MVP will be among the highest-paid players in the league.
Several reports say it's a 5-year deal worth $110-million dollars. ESPN reports Rodgers will make $40-million next season. Rodgers will be the highest-paid player in the league. It also ties New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees for the highest-paid single season cash value. Brees made $40-million last year.
Locking up Rodgers was a priority for the Packers, who also reached a long-term extension with linebacker Clay Matthews this month. The Packers are 53-27 in Rodgers' five years as a starter, and he led them to the Super Bowl title following the 2010 season.
He has thrown for 21,661 yards and 171 touchdowns, and has had a quarterback rating of 101.2 or better in all but one season as a starter.
His quarterback rating of 122.5 in 2011 is an NFL record.
MADISON - The Wisconsin Elections Commission has agreed to lift overseas ballot restrictions to avoid a legal battle.
The U.S. Department of Justice warned earlier this month that it's preparing to sue because Wisconsin law doesn't let temporary overseas voters to obtain ballots electronically or to submit downloadable back-up ballots in case they don't have time to return an official ballot.
Federal law allows all overseas voters to obtain ballots electronically and submit back-up ballots. Assembly Republicans passed a bill that would have aligned Wisconsin's statutes with the federal law but the measure died in April after Senate Republicans added language limiting special legislative elections.
MADISON - Wisconsin Elections Commission staff plan to hire a half-dozen new employees and upgrade software to bolster election security.
The commission received a $7 million federal grant in March to upgrade security after Russian actors tried to access a state Department of Workforce Development system before the 2016 election.
Staff told the commission Thursday that the Department of Administration has approved hiring six new four-year security positions, including an information technology project manager, an elections security trainer and a voting systems specialist.
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