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Packers Better Hurry Up and Extend Aaron Rodgers

Jermichael Finley gets his groove back

The Green Bay Packers have been planning to sign quarterback Aaron Rodgers to a contract extension for at least a year. Well, the longer they wait, the more expensive it’s going to get, especially now that Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has decided he wants Drew Brees money.

First, let’s recap before we explain just how absurd that is.

Rodgers has two seasons left on his current contract, which pays him an average of $10 million per season. When compared to the league’s best — Brees, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady — Rodgers is what you’d call underpaid. He makes an average of $5 million less than Brady, $9 million less than Manning and $10 million less than Brees per season.

Last offseason, the Saints signed Brees to the biggest contract in NFL history. It averages $20 million per season and included $40 million guaranteed. So, the bar for Rodgers’ new deal was set.

Now, things are about to get a little bit out of whack. Why?

Flacco will be a free agent this offseason and he’s aiming for Brees money.

“He’s now made a case for $20 million a year,” ESPN’s John Clayton said. “And I think he’s gonna try to hold to that. Last season what I was hearing was he was asking for about $17 million. … But he was saying ‘okay fine, let me play this out.’ Now he’s in a position to make big money. And we’ll see if he can get over Drew Brees’ contract. I think he can.”

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen agreed that the “$20 million figure is not unreachable” for Flacco.

This wouldn’t really be notable if Brady were asking for that kind of money, but Joe Flacco is no Tom Brady (or Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck, Colin Kaepernick…)

You get the picture. Yeah, Joey Flacco has got his team in the Super Bowl, but I don’t give a shit what anyone says. Joey Flacco is not an elite quarterback. Joey is not even a very good quarterback.

He’s a decent quarterback on a pretty good team.

Here’s how many All Pro selections Joe Flacco has: zero. Here’s how many Pro Bowls he’s made: zero. Here’s how many Super Bowls he’s won: zero. Here’s how many seasons he’s thrown for 4,000 yards: zero. Here’s how many seasons he’s thrown for more than 25 TDs: zero. Here’s how many seasons his QB rating has been 100 or more: zero. Here’s how many seasons he’s thrown less than 10 interceptions: zero.

Get the picture?

Joe Flacco is perfectly average. The best thing you can say about him is he has a big arm. That’s right. Not “he’s a winner.” Not “that’s the guy I’d pick first to lead my team.” Not “he’s the smartest quarterback I’ve seen.”

Big arm.

Is this guy worth $20 million a year?

No way in hell, but he’ll probably get something like that. Flacco holds all the leverage now that he’s in the Super Bowl and Baltimore is tethered to him. They drafted him to be their franchise quarterback. They’ve stuck with him since day one. They can’t very well let him walk just because he’s not a superstar.

So if this bum gets $20 million a year, what does Rodgers deserve? You can bet his agent isn’t starting negotiations at anything less than $25 million per season.

In other words, it would behoove the Packers to move quickly. If they get Rodgers for anything less than $20 million a year, they’ve done well.

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. Packer Bob January 28, 2013

    Joe Flacco is a bitch.

    1. Iltarion January 28, 2013

      Takes one to know one.

      1. Packer Bob January 28, 2013

        You must be a bitch then.

      2. Packer Bob January 28, 2013


        1. brooksnelson87 January 29, 2013

          Wicked burn.

          1. Iltarion January 29, 2013

            Brooksnelson87? More Like “BrookslikesNelsonscock247”

  2. mxz600 January 28, 2013

    Now Now children.

  3. peter January 28, 2013

    with the way the new cba works you’re better off giving arodge a huge signing bonus that doesn’t count against the cap and a salary of 15-20 mil

    1. #GetItRightRoger January 29, 2013

      Give him an unprecedented contract. Every $ is guaranteed, but only at $15 mil a year.

  4. MadCity Packer Fan January 28, 2013

    Flacco is not worth 20 mil a season! The Ravens would make better use of that money even if Fakeo walks.

    1. Packers all the way January 29, 2013

      I know it sounds crazy, but I think we could use that money more wisely than paying Rodgers $20M+ per season. I am fine moving on from Rodgers and using the next man up at QB and putting some of that money towards the o-line and the defense where we are weakest. $20M is just too much to pay for one positon.

      1. DevilDon January 29, 2013

        Yep, it sounds crazy!

        1. GreenAndYellow January 29, 2013

          and who exactly is the next man up behind the best QB in the league??

  5. Sean January 31, 2013

    I don’t really think Rodgers will ask for anything near 20 million. He may be worth it but I think he will take less, doesn’t seem as if his the kind of guy who wants the team to spend 25 million on him