There had been some speculation earlier this offseason that Aaron Rodgers wanted a new contract from the Green Bay Packers.
Rodgers is no longer the league’s highest-paid quarterback, but what really fueled the speculation was the deal Mike Glennon signed with the Chicago Bears. The Bears gave $15 million a season to Tampa Bay’s backup and Rodgers suggested that number should put his contract under the microscope.
Rodgers hasn’t made a formal demand for a new deal, but he also hasn’t denied that his agent has spoken to the Packers about one.
“Well, that stuff usually takes care of itself, and I have a fantastic agent, he does a great job. He worries about that stuff,” Rodgers said. “When it comes to setting the market values, I let that stuff take care of itself. I know my value in this league, and I know the team appreciates me. I’m going to continue to make myself an indispensable part of this roster. When you do that, when your time comes up to get a contract, you usually get a contract extension.”
Rodgers’ current contract runs through the 2019 season. We expect the Packers will do something about that deal before it’s up.
One other issue Rodgers addressed is the possibility of taking a pay cut for the team. As we’ve noted multiple times, Rodgers talked about reloading when last season ended. With the biggest contract on the team, he has the ability to free up salary cap space for the Packers much like Tom Brady has done time and again for the Patriots.
After all, if you want help in the form of better players, then you must be willing to take one for the team, right?
“I think you forget that Tom has [wife] Gisele, for one,” Rodgers said. “And two, we’re about $20 million under the cap, as usual, so we have plenty of room. Obviously, we signed the last deal knowing that it was a good deal for both sides. If you look at some of the cap numbers around the league with guys who signed in similar time periods, the percentage of the cap was notably higher than my deal. You obviously keep that in mind.”
Certainly with that $20 million in salary cap space lying around, the Packers will look to extend some players before or during the season. Recently, they’ve taken care of tackle David Bakhtiari and defensive lineman Mike Daniels.
Rodgers may well be on the shortlist.