Aaron Rodgers’ New Deal Could Be Done Soon

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Aaron Rodgers is not please

Aaron Rodgers is not please

Hey, maybe the Green Bay Packers are actually doing something this offseason. PFT is reporting that a new deal for quarterback Aaron Rodgers could be done before the draft.

Earlier this week, Packers president Mark Murphy termed a new deal for Rodgers a priority. That wasn’t really a revelation to any of us, though. The Packers have wanted to extend Rodgers’ deal for some time.

Rodgers signed a six-year extension back in 2008. That deal pays him an average of $10.5 million per season and runs through 2014. Since then, Rodgers has won a Super Bowl and an MVP. Guys like Drew Brees, Peyton Manning and Joe Flacco have also signed new mega-deals since then, making Rodgers grossly underpaid by NFL standards.

Manning makes $18 million per season, Brees makes $20 million and Flacco makes $20.1 million.

The Packers are expected to eclipse all of those numbers for Rodgers. Word is, his new deal could be in the $23 million per season range. As the best quarterback in the league, he deserves it, but what does that mean for the Packers?

As we’ve seen in Baltimore, the Ravens have essentially been forced to disassemble their Super Bowl team to pay Flacco that idiotic amount of money. With the salary cap hovering just over $120 million, Rodgers deal will take up about 1/6 of that, which leaves a much smaller piece for everyone else.

Maybe Rodgers can double up as a safety or something.

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17 Comments on "Aaron Rodgers’ New Deal Could Be Done Soon"

  1. Underpaid Contractor

    Less money to pay an offensive line that can keep him upright.

    In past seasons some of the sacks were on him for holding the ball too long. Moving forward he will own 100% by default.

  2. Packer Bob

    “As the best quarterback in the league, he deserves it, but what does that mean for the Packers?”

    It means that Packer don’t really have much cap space to sign FA players to big contracts. Throw in an extension for Matthews and you really have very little cap room.

    Maybe that’s why the Packers have been so quite in FA (that’s a rhetorical question). Instead of blowing the Packers wad on FA, he’s gonna make that the Packers lock up the best QB in the NFL for the long term.

    What a dick.

  3. Shawn Shawn

    I really don’t see the urgency with Rodgers under contract for another 2 years. It would make more sense to me to sign Matthews first.

    Of course, these contracts can be crafted to be relatively cap friendly. For all the talk of Flacco’s contract, his cap number is less than Rodgers’ for 2013.

    Will there be enough money to sign Matthews before the start of the season? Will there be enough money to sign Matthews AT ALL?

    • Rodgers

      Are you retarded? You don’t see the problem in pissing off your mvp quarterback by massively underpaying him for two years and letting him risk injury in the meantime? No matter how much of a team player he is, there’s no way Rodgers wouldn’t hold out to protect the 100+ mil he deserves as the league’s best QB.

      As for these “cap friendly” contracts you speak of, you can either front load of back load a contract in the nfl (the packers are saving cap space this year to front load), but there’s no such thing as a cap friendly contract, especially in this case because we won’t ever cut him(cutting him would still leave us on the hook for his signing bonus for each year left on the contract).

      Thank god you’re not running the team because we’d have graham harrel under center by 2015.

      • Shawn Shawn

        He has not said he is pissed off, nor should he be since he is merely finishing out the contract he agreed to.

        I would NOT underpay him for two more years. I would not even underpay him for one more year, if I could avoid it, but what I would do is sign Clay Matthews first. Matthews is a free agent at the end of 2013. If he reaches free agency, in my opinion, he will NOT be coming back. I would use the salary cap space available right now to front load Matthew’s contract, and then carve out space next year to front load Rodgers’ contract. By doing that, you front load both contracts, which the Packers prefer, while not taking TOO big of a hit in either cap year. That makes the most sense to me.

        By doing it this way, I wonder if the Packers plan on using the franchise tag on Matthews. A look at Rodgers’ finalized deal will tell us.

        Technically, I see where you’re going with your “no cap friendly contract” argument, but obviously, if that were completely true, then teams wouldn’t restructure contracts every year to make them more “cap friendly.” Joe Flacco’s contract doesn’t result in a cap hit higher than $14.8 million until 2016. So, from 2013-2015, it could be called cap friendly. Of course, the cap hit rises dramatically in 2016, but the team can renegotiate again at that time.

        • Buster Bluth

          The pack, apparently doesn’t like to front or back load contracts because it distorts the pay as you go philosophy.

          Either Rodgers IS pissing and moaning behind the scenes or the front office believes its better to get this thing done now.

          One thing is certain. A new contract for Rodgers before the draft will make it awfully tempting to draft a replacement for Mike Findley right now.

      • Stephen

        Everyone was an adult when that contract was signed. Rodgers could have signed a 4 year deal and he would have already got a new contract extension. You have to wonder why Rodgers signed a six year deal instead. Maybe its because he didn’t know things would turn out so well. Why do you think he hasn’t said a peep about it? He knows. The packers would be well within their rights to let him play next season and sign him in the 2014 offseason.

  4. E. Wolf

    Here we go as the Braves of the NFL, just good enough to get in the playoffs, but no further. FUCK!
    I sure hope he can be overtaken by the spirit of Leroy Butler.

  5. ay hombre

    Aaron hasn’t said shit about being eager to get this deal done. “Could be done soon” is journo speak for….slow news day. Nothing to see here. Please disperse.

  6. rebelgb

    “The pack, apparently doesn’t like to front or back load contracts because it distorts the pay as you go philosophy.
    Either Rodgers IS pissing and moaning behind the scenes or the front office believes its better to get this thing done now.
    One thing is certain. A new contract for Rodgers before the draft will make it awfully tempting to draft a replacement for Mike Findley right now.”

    ^^^ THIS.

    Just because Rodgers isnt pissing and moaning in the paper doesnt mean he isnt doing it behind the scenes. It only takes on drop on your throwing shoulder to end a career. WIth all the fucking hits Rodgers takes he is certainly aware of the risks every time he plays. Its naive to think he is ok with being underpaid millions of dollars when he could be out of football with just one hit.

    The Pack needs to pay the man. I love Matthews but lets be honest, he is replaceable. Rodgers is not.

  7. Tucson Packer

    I see Rodgers pulling a Brady with his new contract. I just dont see Rodgers as that selfish, money hungry QB that exists in 90% of the league. Rodgers is a leader on and off the field, He is a man’s man. He can renew for some good/decent money and get more opportunities to stay vertical and have a successful season. Has anyone ever heard him complain about his contract?
    Rodgers knows there isn’t an “I” in Green Bay Packers.

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