Aaron Rodgers is planning to be the Green Bay Packers quarterback for some time. Rodgers told the Press Gazette he wants to play for at least eight more seasons, which would put him in Green Bay through 2020.
“I’ve had eight great years there, the last five as a starter,” Rodgers said of his career in Green Bay. “Hopefully I can give them another eight plus years of playing at a high level.”
Rodgers also said he wants to finish his career with the Packers. Of course, the organization will have to pony up some big money for Rodgers sooner or later. Although his current deal runs through 2014, we’re guessing a new deal happens sooner.
Rodgers makes an average of around $10 million a season. Other elite quarterbacks make closer to $20 million per, led by Drew Brees, who’s deal averages exactly that much.
The good news is Rodgers doesn’t seem too worried about it.
“We’ll see what happens with that, I’m not stressing about it,” Rodgers said. “I think the Packers would like me to be around for a few more years and I’d love to finish my career there.”
Let’s say AR plays 2013 at the same level as he has and doesn’t get injured. He’ll still have one year on his contract at $10-11M. QUESTION: If you’re TT would you be willing to give AR a 7 year, $150M, $80M guaranteed contract tieing him up through 2020?
TT lives in a world with a salary cap. We all love A-Rodge, but it would be useless to donate so much of the cap to his contract that the rest of the team would suck.
You can only prorate guaranteed money for 5 years. $40 – $50 mil guaranteed is plenty.
The salary cap is no longer going up. It is static. Therefore, people are wrongly assuming that players two years from now are going to make more than players do now. They shouldn’t. If you continue to escalate the contracts of the star players, then eventually every team is going to have 90% of the cap tied up in their top 10 players and everyone else will just have to make league minimum.
That is NOT what the NFLPA wanted.
I brought up the question for argument sake. If Flacco signs a 5 yr 90-$95M contract w/ $40-45M guaranteed then what is AR worth? He brought up 2020 and peace of mind on both sides is a good thing. Contracts aren’t so much about length and total amount as it is guaranteed money. And as you point out it can be spread over 5 yrs. So $60M guaranteed would be $12M/yr which is roughly 10% of the yearly cap.
When a player’s career could end w/ one injury I hate long term contracts but AR’s current contract was a TT coup.
There are a lot of dynamics in play here. Not only did Joe Flacco play himself to a better contract (2-3mill/year by winning the SB and MVP) He possibly gave Rogers a raise. I’f i’m a team owner, i’m much more comfortable, giving Rogers a huge deal, than i would be Flacco. With that said. Rogers has been underpaid for 2-3 years. He will be 30 next Dec. i would sign him right now, for 6 years 125/mill. that would make Rogers 36 at the end of his contract. That’s old enough. Sometimes when players reach a certain age, they dont know when to say when. In my perfect world, Rogers wins 1 or 2 more Super Bowls in that time, and retires with the same professionalism and grace as Driver displayed. We dont want another repeat of you know who.
I agree with your stated desire, but the scenario you are talking about creates exactly the situation that will have him acting like you know who when he’s 36 and his contract is up.
Besides, we are already starting to witness the ego of AR metastizing like you know who. The symptoms?
Bold statement about wanting to be Packer for life.
Starting to believe his own press.
Increasing endorsement aspect of career feeding ego.
Becoming increasingly and publicly vocal about personnel and coaching strategies and decisions.
Mark my words, this isn’t going to end pretty.
Nothing would make me happier than seeing him finish his career in GB. Hopefully, we will be able to afford some other players besides him, though. He is definitely due for a large raise-he is one of the best deals around right now. The raise will be money well spent though!
Nice Post! Couldn’t agree more.