On Monday, Packers team president Mark Murphy told reporters in Phoenix that getting a new deal done for quarterback Aaron Rodgers remains a “priority” this offseason.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported potential specifics for such an extension on NFL Live Tuesday.
According to Schefter, Rodgers’ extension will likely be in the range of four years and $100 million.
“This is a very simple deal to do for Aaron Rodgers,” said Schefter. “There are many people around the league who are expecting a four-year, $25-plus million extension. …That’s how that deal is going to come down when it comes down.”
Rodgers, 29, has two years remaining on the six-year, $65 million deal he signed seven games into the 2008 season. Under that contract, Rodgers will make just $9.25 million in 2013 and $10.5 million in 2014. His salaries wouldn’t rank in the top-10 of quarterbacks in either year.
The time for an extension is likely now.
The Packers have created plenty of cap room to support such a massive deal, with most estimates now near the $20 million range in 2013. Waiting another year to get a deal done might only increase the volume of such a deal.
If the looming deal does include a four-year extension, Rodgers would be locked up in Green Bay through 2018, when he would be 35 years old. Such a deal would give Rodgers an annual salary around $20 million a year, in line with the league’s top paid players.
Universally considered one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL, Rodgers has thrown 84 touchdowns against just 14 interceptions over the last two seasons. He won the league MVP in 2011 and has led the NFL in passer rating in each of the last two years.
Zach Kruse is a 24-year-old sports writer who contributes to Cheesehead TV, Bleacher Report and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He also covers prep sports for the Dunn Co. News. You can reach him on Twitter @zachkruse2 or by email at email@example.com.