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Aaron Rodgers Moves Further Down NFL Pay Scale

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is now the NFL’s richest man.

Carr signed a five-year, $125 million extension on Thursday. He’s getting $70 million guaranteed, according to Spotrac.

That slightly exceeds the average annual salary of the NFL’s last richest man, Colts quarterback Andrew Luck. That goober clocked in at an average of $24.769 per season when he signed his extension last year.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers makes an average of $22 million per season. When he signed his extension in 2013, he was the richest man in the NFL based on average annual salary.

This is the nature of the NFL, however.

Rodgers currently has the seventh-highest average salary. Ahead of him are Carr, Luck, Carson Palmer, Drew Brees, Kirk Cousins and Joe Flacco.

Cousins is currently being held hostage under the one-year franchise tag. He will get a long-term deal at some point that could move him to the top of this list.

There are also rumors that the Lions, who are working on a new deal for Matthew Stafford, may make old Butterball the highest-paid player in the league.

We totally get the Carr deal. He’s young, he’s great and he’s only going to get better. Carr may very well turn into Aaron Rodgers West.

Some of these other guys being paid more than Rodgers, we have to question. Flacco, Luck, Cousins, Palmer… and most certainly Butterball.

This dance isn’t about ability, though. It’s about timing.

While I am adamantly opposed to Rodgers sucking up more of the Packers’ salary cap, the writing is on the wall.

The Packers are going to need to renegotiate/extend Rodgers’ deal. They’re probably going to need to do it sooner rather than later, even though his current deal runs through 2019. We wouldn’t be surprised if there were talks to that effect going on right now.

After all, Rodgers obviously took note when the idiot Chicago Bears gave $15 million annually to Mike Glennon.

He’s taken the public stance that the contract will take care of itself. However, it’s obviously on his mind.

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Mordecai Jones

Mordecai is a writer living in Los Angeles. He primarily writes screenplays, but also does crap like this because GREEN BAY PACKERS, baby!

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4 Comments

  1. Cheese June 22, 2017

    Look at the clowns on that list. Cousins? Flacco? Palmer is still in the league and gets paid more than $22 mil???? If I were Rodgers and had an ego (which he does), I wouldn’t be thrilled about this. Then again Tom Brady gets paid like $14 mil but at least his team makes a serious effort at improving every year,

  2. PF4L June 22, 2017

    Brady isn’t taking the salary concessions most people believe he is. people think so because his salary is always low. But they’ve been low his whole career. Brady made a salary of $764,000 last season, but he got a signing bonus of 28 million. Brady’s been with the Patriots for 17 years. In 17 years Brady has made only 43 million and some change in salary. Making his average annual salary only about 2.56 million up until now. But he’s made over 92 million in signing bonuses. He’s also made over 58 million in roster, option, and restructure bonuses. All told…over 153 million just in various bonus money. More than Favre made his whole career.

    Things aren’t always as they seem, Brady has pulled in almost 200 million (196 million) from the Patriots.

    Plus the concessions Brady does make, he makes because he has partners that he believes in to build a Championship team, Belichick, and Kraft. A far cry from Rodgers partners in Green Bay. Rodgers should make every cash grab he can, for two solid reasons, 1) Read above. 2) Without him the Packers would be bottom feeders.

  3. Kato June 22, 2017

    And Dorsey i is parting ways with the Chiefs. Maybe the speculation of Dorsey being GM in Green Bay had some truth to it.

  4. Jake June 22, 2017

    Based on what they overplayed for Jared Cook and Marshawn lynch, I’m surprised they didn’t give Carr $40mm/year.