The Green Bay Packers have said on three separate occasions this offseason that they wanted or expected to have a new deal with quarterback Aaron Rodgers soon. That has come from both general manager Brian Gutekunst and president Mark Murphy.
Murphy’s comments on Wednesday made it clear the Packers have no idea when this deal is getting done. And it certainly doesn’t appear the buzzword is still “soon.”
“I don’t want to put a time frame on it,” Murphy said, “but I’m confident we’ll work it out.”
Surely, the Packers will work it out. They probably won’t work it out until after this season, though.
Former Packers negotiator Andrew Brandt detailed why it behooves Rodgers to wait until at least next year to renegotiate, earlier this week.
Essentially, the Packers hold more leverage right now, since Rodgers has two years remaining on his current deal. The longer Rodgers waits, the more leverage he gains.
No one expects this to become combative, but there’s no great incentive for Rodgers to rush into anything. For the Packers, the incentive is clear. The sooner they lock Rodgers up, the more salary cap flexibility they can create.
So perhaps you could take this back to the question of, well, if Rodgers really wants to win, why doesn’t he do the team this favor? All I can say is it doesn’t appear likely.
The thing that I have to wonder at this point, is what was all of this talk about “soon” by the Packers? Were they posturing in the media to put pressure on the Rodgers’ side? Did they really think the deal was going to be done “soon?” Did they totally misread the situation or screw it up?
We may never know, but it seems they could have taken a more measured approach to the whole situation.