Green Bay Packers’ general manager Brian Gutekunst has been a busy guy lately. Now, with the NFL Draft over, the focus will turn back to quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Aaron Rodgers and his new contract. It’s an extension that Gutekunst wanted done some time ago. That didn’t happen for a number of reasons. Kirk Cousins’ fully-guaranteed deal with the Minnesota Vikings would be chief among those.
That certainly threw a wrench into these negotiations.
However, Gutekunst says the contract will be done soon.
“Both sides are working towards it and we’re confident we’ll come to an agreement soon,” he said.
“We’re pretty confident that this is something that’s taking its normal course, its normal time.”
We’ve actually heard this before, back in February.
Gutekunst also mentioned that the Packers are watching what happens with other quarterbacks. The Falcons are reportedly looking to extend Matt Ryan. The Patriots may give Tom Brady a new deal.
Like Rodgers, Brady is underpaid in terms of market value for quarterbacks.
So this appears to be a waiting game. Let’s sit around and wait so we can make sure Rodgers is the highest-paid player in the game.
Rodgers’ current deal averages $22 million per season. That puts him ninth on the NFL salary scale. He has two years left on that he signed in 2013.
Rodgers doesn’t really have any leverage in this situation, other than being a malcontent. The Packers don’t have to give Rodgers a new contract. They have him for two more years and then, if push comes to shove, they could put the franchise tag on him twice. So the Packers essentially control Rodgers for four seasons.
It’s highly unlikely it will come to that, but then again, we thought this deal would be done by now too.