The contract extension the Green Bay Packers have been working on for quarterback Aaron Rodgers since sometime in February just doesn’t seem to get done.
We’ve been hearing it will be done soon since early in the offseason. When is going to be done now? Team president Mark Murphy says it will be done, wait for it… soon.
“He’s healthy. We hope to soon have a contract extension,” Murphy said this week.
Maybe no one who works for the Packers knows what the word soon means. General manager Brian Gutekunst has twice said the deal will be done soon. And yet, here we sit with no extension.
Things have seemingly become complicated for Rodgers and the Packers on this matter. Rodgers reportedly wants several opt-out clauses in his new deal. That would allow Rodgers to renegotiate in future years in order to remain the highest-paid player in the game.
Player options such as this are unprecedented in NFL contacts. The Rodgers’ deal, whenever it gets done, will change the game.
The Packers are also no doubt looking at a boatload of guaranteed money for their star player.
Rodgers, of course, won’t talk about any of it.
Training camp starts at the end of July and this topic will be a distraction until it’s out of the way. So the Packers have about a month to figure it out.