Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been sliding down the NFL pay scale this offseason. Once the highest-paid player in the league, Rodgers is currently seventh when you look at average salary.
He’ll likely drop another spot after the Lions extend Matthew Stafford, which is expected to happen soon. You’d look at the guys ahead of Rodgers in this category and you’d say he’s better than all of them. NFL contracts aren’t necessarily about merit, though. They’re about timing.
Rodgers’ current contract began in 2013. It runs through 2019.
Rodgers has taken the stance that he’s not worried about it — these things will take care of themselves.
He has also mentioned that the Packers haven’t approached his agent about an extension yet. At the moment, they don’t really have any incentive to redo the deal. There are three years left on the current deal.
Nor has Rodgers’ agent approached the Packers.
“I know what my value is and the team compensated me really, really well a few years ago,” Rodgers told WTMJ TV. “I hope the situation in a couple of years is a no-brainer. That means I’m playing well and the team’s still moving in the right direction and that’s what I can control. The other stuff, I let my agent handle that. We haven’t even had any conversations, so it’s not something I’m even thinking about. Like I said, I’ve got three years left on my deal.”
That seems to suggest Rodgers won’t be looking for an extension until prior to the final year of his current deal.
By then, the salary cap will likely be even higher than it currently is and so will quarterback salaries.
It’s actually a decent situation for both parties.