The Green Bay Packers have upgraded the contract of all-pro strong safety LeRoy Butler, making him the highest paid safety in the National Football League.
The Packers have signed him to a three-year extension, raising Butler's yearly average to $4.6 million, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported in Wednesday's editions.
According to a league source, the deal was completed on Oct. 19, the Journal Sentinel reported.
Citing a source with access to league salary information, the newspaper reported that Butler received a $1.63 million signing bonus and three additional years at a total of $21.15 million.
The total worth of his existing deal is seven years, $32 million.
The two sides began talking over the summer after cornerback Tyrone Williams signed a deal worth $3.3 million, making him the highest paid player in the Packers' secondary.
Butler, a four-time all-pro selection, had a previous five-year, $15 million deal.
In all, Butler will receive just $900,000 in new money over the 1999-2002 seasons, but the potential is there for the Packers to add more after the 2001 season. Also, there is the possibility that Butler will still be around to earn the $4.65 million he is due in 2003, when he will be 35.