Posted March 28, 2013

Report: Aaron Rodgers, Packers close to historic, long-term contract extension

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Aaron Rodgers and the Packers could be close to a monster contract extension. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Aaron Rodgers and the Packers could be close to a monster contract extension. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers are closing in on a long-term extension that would make the 2005 first-round pick the highest-paid player in NFL history, ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter reported Thursday. Schefter reported that the deal, which has a good chance of being completed this offseason, could average $25 million per season.

That number would surpass Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, who signed a six-year, $120.6 million contract earlier this offseason that made him the highest-paid NFL player.

Midway through his first season as the Packers’ starting quarterback in 2008, Rodgers signed a contract extension that paid him $65 million over seven seasons. Rodgers has two years and $19.75 million remaining on that deal, including base salaries of $9.25 million in 2013 and $10.5 million in 2014.

Since becoming the Packers’ full-time starter in 2008 after three seasons backing up Brett Favre, the 29-year-old Rodgers has blossomed into one of the NFL’s top quarterbacks. Under Rodgers’ lead, the Packers won Super Bowl XLV in 2011.

Last season, Rodgers placed in the top five of NFL quarterbacks in almost every important statistical category. He completed 67.2 percent of his passes for 4,295 yards while putting up a 108.0 quarterback rating. He threw 39 touchdowns to only eight interceptions.


5 comments
msd3s-mtsu-s13
msd3s-mtsu-s13

In this day and age, anything is really possible.  Today's jobs don't always correlate to the paycheck received.  While yes, I am a Packer fan, and I believe Aaron Rodgers deserves to be the highest paid player in the NFL, $25 million is a bit extreme.  These views go beyond me being a Packer fan.  I believe he truly is the best player in the league and by career's end has a good shot at being the best player to ever live because of his performance game after game. Manual labor jobs are minimum wage, while football players are constantly making more and more money, year after year.  Something is wrong with that picture in my opinion. While i'm not saying manual labor workers should be making more than entertainers (that's essentially what football players are), I don't think the gap should be as big as $66 a day for the manual worker to $68,493.15 a day for Aaron Rodgers if this deal is reached.  The Joe Flacco situation may have been the worst thing to happen in sports in recent years, because we all know Joe Flacco is nowhere near the best player in the NFL.  Because of his deal, many players will give the "I'm a better player than Flacco" plea, which will in turn lead to several more players in the near future earning the coveted "highest player in NFL history" title.  It's a shame that men who earn millions of dollars a year are still fueled by greed rather than willing to put that money towards something useful.

dbum
dbum

I love that nobody wanted Rogers during his draft. Alex Smith went first overall and then every crappy team with no QB (including my Skins) had a shot at him until the Packers finally plucked him 24th overall.  Guys like David Pollack, Erasmus James, and Troy Williamson where selected in front of him. And if you don't know who those guys are, no shame, their not even in the league anymore! GM's and scouts earning their keep, eh?

skotthope
skotthope

If Romo can get 108 million anything is possible.

Lolz@dumbnflmoves
Lolz@dumbnflmoves

Now they gonna have a fire sale on supporting talent just like the ravens.

SandbagSix
SandbagSix

I would LOVE to see the Packers tie up 20% of their cap in a single player.