All eyes will be on the Super Bowl this weekend, but for the Green Bay Packers and quarterback Aaron Rodgers, they are more likely to be paying attention to the aftermath of the game when Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is expected to ask for big money in contract negotiations.
On Monday, it was reported that Flacco will likely ask for a contract in the $100 million range that includes $40 million in guaranteed money. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees received that exact deal last offseason.
Rodgers, whose contract is not up until 2014, gets paid an average of $9.3 million a season and has been the NFL’s top-rated quarterback the past two seasons. Flacco’s passer rating is 87.2 over the past three seasons, which ranks 14th for quarterbacks with at least 30 starts over that time period.
The new franchise-tag rules mean that if a player is tagged in back-to-back years, he in the second season makes 120 percent of the previous year, and if he’s franchised a third straight year, he makes 144 percent. Last year the tag for quarterbacks was relatively cheap at $14.4 million, but it will go up at least a little this year.
Rodgers, 29, threw for 4,295 yards with 39 touchdowns and eight interceptions for the Packers last season.