Packers QB Aaron Rodgers won’t squeeze Green Bay for more money.
Believe it or not Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers was the first person that I thought of when the terms of Drew Brees’ new contract were announced.
The reason being is that at 33 years-old Brees is getting $20 million a year for what will most likely be his last huge payday.
At this point will Rodger try to squeeze as many as two record breaking paydays out his NFL lifespan?
He is midway through a six-year $65 million dollar deal and is set to become a free agent in 2015. At that time he will be 31 years-old. That is two years shy of where Brees is at now.
The mathematics suggest that Rodgers will get broke off if he maintains he current pace but that pending four to five-year deal will carry him into the sunset as far as the jaw dropping money is concerned.
If there is one man in the NFL that has outplayed the terms of his current deal its Rodgers.
Since he signed his current deal he has averaged 32.75 TDs a season, four rushing TDs a season, 275 passing yards per game and 21.03 completions per game.
The Super Bowl and the MVP thing just serve to lock it all up.
This year he will make a base salary of $8 million plus bonuses that should boost him past the $9 million dollar mark.
To you and I that is wildest-dreams money, for the estimated market value of Aaron Rodgers, it’s far from what he should be getting yet he is not even thinking about a potential holdout within the next year or so.
He told NFL.com that he plans to work through his commitment before getting into all of that.
“That stuff takes care of itself,” Rodgers said. “I still have a few years left on my deal, and we’ll talk about that when we get there.”
Purists will nod their head in approval as the man gave his word, signed a deal and has probably made a pretty penny on the whole discount double check thing.
That’s all well and good but Rodgers could rock the boat and truthfully squeeze the team for a few more dollars if he chose to.
If does not change his mind according to the comment and sticks to still having a few years left on his deal, the Packers can continue to add valuable pieces to both sides of the ball.
If that happens it will be easier for him to add another ring or two to his collection which will indeed make his 2014 deal perhaps bigger than any two deals combined.
Because let’s face it, barring only the strangest set of circumstances the Packers will not wait until he is a free agent in 2015 to keep him under wraps.