There’s been a lot of talk about quarterback salaries over the past couple weeks, primarily because the Seattle Seahawks are considering giving Russell Wilson an extension. That would conceivably pay Wilson more than Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who is currently the NFL’s annual average salary king.
There’s talk that Wilson could get $25 million per season, which would surpass Rodgers’ $22 million per. There are two other guys that could factor into this conversation as well. Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck will likely get an extension before his rookie deal expires following the 2016 season and New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is due a new contract following this season.
And if you said, well, Eli Manning is dogshit, Wilson isn’t nearly as good as Rodgers and Luck hasn’t done anything, you’d be right. But in the NFL, when your deal expires is sometimes just as important as how good of a player you are. Look no further than Joe Flacco, who was, until Rodgers signed his deal, the highest-paid player in the NFL.
His contact expired following the season Baltimore won the Super Bowl.
So, while no one would consider Flacco to be probably even among the top 10 NFL players, the timing was right for him to get a boatload of dough.
Wilson, Manning and Luck will all surely surpass Rodgers’ annual salary.
Even though Rodgers is signed through 2019, there’s some thought that the Packers may give him another salary bump prior to the expiration of that deal.
“My contention with Aaron Rodgers is he’s signed through 2019,” NFL reporter Jason Cole said. “He’s probably not going to get past (Wilson’s) mark, unless the Packers just want to make him happy and say, ‘Look, we know you’re the best quarterback in football. We’ll make sure that you’re taken care of’ and give him an adjustment. I don’t know how that’s going to go.”
Frankly, the wise move would be to not eat up anymore of the salary cap with Rodgers’ contract.
We highly doubt his ego will be bruised when he’s no longer the highest-paid player in the league and he certainly doesn’t seem to be the kind of guy who would demand a raise with multiple seasons left on his contract.
On the flip side, the Packers probably didn’t need to pay Rodgers as much as they did to begin with. They wanted him to be the highest-paid player in the game.
So, we’ll see what happens.