The Green Bay Packers are expected to sign quarterback Aaron Rodgers to a contract extension this offseason. It sounds like the team is putting a rush on that.
“We’d certainly like to get it done sooner rather than later,” Gutekunst said on Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine. “When you have the best player in the National Football League, it’s not going to be inexpensive. Obviously Aaron is a high priority, he’s a great player, and that should take care of itself at some point.”
That makes plenty of sense.
If the Packers were to get a new deal done for Rodgers before free agency begins, they could, A. save themselves some money and B. have a better idea where they stand with the salary cap.
When free agency opens, Kirk Cousins is expected to become the highest-paid player in the league. Extending Rodgers before Cousins gets paid means whatever deal that ends up being doesn’t set the bar for Rodgers’ deal.
Negotiations with Rodgers have reportedly already begun.
The question now is if Rodgers and his agent have the same urgency the Packers do? We’re really not sure why they would.
Rodgers has two years left on his current contract. However, he’s no longer the highest-paid player in the NFL. That honor, for the time being, goes to San Francisco quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.