NFL notebook: Report: Packers, Rodgers working on record extension

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) throws a pass during the second half of a game against the Vikings on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Minneapolis.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) throws a pass during the second half of a game against the Vikings on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Minneapolis.
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| Thursday, March 28, 2013, 9:54 p.m.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Packers are nearing a long-term contract extension that would make him the highest-paid player in NFL history, according to multiple reports.

The deal could average $25 million per year, according to reports. Rodgers, 29, is currently under contract through 2014. His base salary in 2013 is $9.25 million, and his 2014 deal is worth $10.5 million.

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco became the NFL's highest-paid player when he signed a six-year, $120.6 million contract this month with the Super Bowl champions.

Patriots ink former Vikings WR Jenkins

The Patriots signed free agent wide receiver Michael Jenkins.

In his ninth season, Jenkins caught 40 passes for 447 yards and two touchdowns with the Vikings last year. He joined them in 2011 after seven seasons with the Falcons, who drafted him in the first round in 2004 out of Ohio State.

The Patriots have added free agents Danny Amendola from the Rams and Donald Jones from the Bills.

Freeney wants richer contract than Osi got

Free agent outside linebacker Dwight Freeney said he wants more than the $8.5 million in base earnings that Osi Umenyiora got in his two-year deal with the Falcons, according to an report.

The Broncos have been the team most closely linked to Freeney, along with the Lions and Dolphins.

TE Davis keeps options open after visiting Bills

Free agent tight end Fred Davis intends to continue weighing his options after meeting with the Bills for a second time.

Davis hasn't ruled out re-signing with Washington. He's scheduled to visit the New York Jets on Friday.

Chiefs add Childress to coaching staff

The Chiefs hired former Vikings coach Brad Childress, reuniting him with Andy Reid.

Childress, who spent last season as the offensive coordinator for the Browns, will be the Chiefs' spread game analyst and work on special projects. He spent five years as the Minnesota head coach (2006-10), a stint that included two division titles (2008-09). The team was 12-4 in 2009.

Vikings offered Wallace more money

The father of former Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace said the Vikings offered more money than the Dolphins, the team with which the speedster signed the richest contract among this year's free agents, according to an report.

Mike Wallace Jr. said his son, who signed with Miami for $27 million in guarantees and $60 million over five years, turned down more money from the Vikings because “he wanted to get out of that snow and cold weather,” he told the Miami Herald.

Around the NFL

The Saints and free agent linebacker Victor Butler agreed to terms on a two-year contract. … Defensive lineman Vaughn Martin signed a two-year contract with the Dolphins.

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