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Aaron Rodgers Expected to Receive $100M Extension

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 zachkruse2@gmail.com.

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PackerBacker's picture

Bah!!
So basically Schefter has not a damn clue what the deal will be for and can guess whatever the hell he wants to. I can guess that it will be in the 5 year 150 million range, doesn't mean that I have a clue what AR's agent and Russ Ball will land on.
I get why the story in on the website, but this type of speculation by reporters annoys me. The story is the story, not something that's actually happened.

Zach Kruse's picture

Even an educated guess from Schefter is worth much more than just blind speculation. Come on.

Lars's picture

Agree. It sound about right. $100 million in new money over 6 years. 6/$120.

Nice write-up Zach...this is the national scuttlebutt. Smoke here probably = fire.

PackerBacker's picture

I agree that he's probably close. My issue was with the fact that it's still total speculation. Aren't reporters supposed to have something tangible to report?

packsmack25's picture

Gotta think it's going to be back-loaded salary-wise and have a hefty guarantee early on, just like the Brady contract.

Evan's picture

Wouldn't it make sense to max out the cap space this year with his new deal so we get smaller cap hits in the coming years?

RC Packer Fan's picture

I agree Evan. It makes alot more sense to use some of the cap space now. You can't just push all the money into the future. Especially with Clay Mathews, BJ Raji, and others coming due soon.

Derek in CO's picture

yeah, has to be backloaded and cap friendly, or that type of contract will sink this team. I love ARod, but I just don't see how any player in any sport is worth over $20 million per year, esp. Joe Flacco. Just give him the keys to the city.

Point Packer turned Jeff Query's picture

Yeah, you can blame the Baltimore Ravens for giving an above average QB a butt load of dough - yes, that's a technical term. Not Aaron Rodger's fault that he's going to be making that much cash. His agent isn't stupid and wouldn't allow a lower offer. Thanks Baltimore.

Lars's picture

I wish people would stop whining about the Ravens/Flacco deal. Bress and P. Manning are at or close to $20 mil. per BEFORE Flacco signed. Eli Manning is at $19 million . Even Philip Rivers is set to make $17 million +.

$20 M is the going rate for top QB's, whether you like it or not. Sign him and get it over with because it will only get more expensive the longer GB waits.

FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

Brees and both Mannings are actually, you know... Good players.

Stroh's picture

Apparently the Ravens consider Flacco an elite QB. Whether you or anyone else does is immaterial! Packers are lucky they don't have to pay 22+M per yr.

Chad Toporski's picture

Flacco is taking home $30 million this year, and his earnings will be over $60 million across the first three years of the contract. The Ravens' cap hit over that time, though, is just $36 million.

Unless there is a change in contract later, the Ravens are going to eat $84.5 million in cap money over the last three years of the deal. But even then, they've got almost $26 million in dead money to worry about in 2016.

I'm not exactly sure what the Ravens front office was thinking there. It's way more than Flacco is worth and will have lasting implications.

Point Packer turned Jeff Query's picture

It's worth whining about the Ravens/Flacco deal because it was a ridiculous amont of cash to pay an above average player. Dude has his moments, one of them in this year's playoffs and Super Bowl, but top tier QB money is absurd.

Chad Toporski's picture

Exactly. When Eli Manning set his deal as the marker for QBs a few years ago, the salary cap for teams was $123 million.

It's at $123 million this year. In other words, prices have risen, but the projected salary cap has fallen substantially.

mike's picture

Schefter also had jackson signing with pack. he has no clue.

Zach Kruse's picture

No clue? He breaks 75 percent of the big stories in the NFL. Your assessment isn't accurate and you know it.

Lars's picture

I think this is info. people just do not want to accept more than anything else. As if Rodgers is going to stroll down Candy-Cane Lane and gift the Packers w/a huge discount, so they can overpay other players like the one who just got his salary cut by a third. Not gonna happen people.

FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

Schefty is the best in the biz for my $$$. Well respected, for good reason.

Chad Toporski's picture

Any way you slice it, that's big money.

While I agree this isn't really "breaking news," it is important to get an idea of how much he'll be commanding. It would be foolish not to understand that this is only a speculated estimation based on multiple factors and expert analysis.

Randy's picture

If Schefter's assessment is reasonably accurate and the deal supercedes his current contract, then many NFL GM's are going to be irate at what would be an acceleration of the "arms" race for elite NFL QB's. The only way I can see TT and company doing this is if they're willing to pay 40-50 million of it as a signing bonus. If not, there's no room for CMIII/Raji/etc

FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

Get it done. And be sure to give him $1 more than Flacco. No better way to spend 1/6 of our cap.

GBP 4 LIFE

dawg's picture

The Ravens over paid Flacco in the SB hangover!
Advantage--Arod!- $$$$$$
We have to take care of the greatest Packer QB of all time!

NoWayJose's picture

You realize Bart Starr won 5 championships, right?

Evan's picture

I thought I posted this, but it seems to have not gone through?

Anyway, as someone who just turned 30, I do wish I could appreciate Bart Starr's greatness more than I do.

KurtMc's picture

basically where are the Packers without #12? Does he make plays? Ball security ? Make players around him better? Check, check, check, and check.

Pay the man.

Do we all realize how fortunate GB is to have just two QBs in the last 18-19 years?

Pay the man

some guy's picture

amen.

LDickey's picture

One difference is that Flacco was set to be a free agent, That creates leverage. They really couldn't have tagged him either given their cap issues. Rodgers still has two years left on his current deal and could then be franchised. That gives the Packers some leverage. Rodgers will make more then Flacco per yr in any new deal but he'll also need to take some sort of discount if he wants his big payday 2-3 yrs early. Easy deal to get done as the market value is clearly defined and everyone gains by getting it done early.

Charlie M's picture

He won't have to take a discount by signing the extension early because the Packers want him nowhere near the open market.

Chad Toporski's picture

Excellent point about Flacco being a FA.

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FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

Puff. Puff. Pass. Bruh.

RC Packer Fan's picture

Well, I hope this story explains to people why the Packers haven't gone out and spent lots of $ in free agency.

Most people want the Packers to make a move just to make a move. I'm not saying i don't want the Packers to sign someone but in reality how many of these free agents make a huge impact on the team they go to?

Most Packer fans want to refer to Reggie White as a free agent pickup that worked well... That was nearly 20 years ago! Times have changed.

The Packers under Thompson has built the team the right way. Through the draft, and resigning their own players.

If your looking for the Packers to get help from players that weren't on the team last year, look at the injured players coming back. Desmond Bishop, Nick Perry, Brian Bulaga are all starters that will be back after getting injured. Also I believe that Alex Green will be better with a full year behind him after his torn acl. he wore down late due to the knee. I believe he will be a different player this year.

MarkinMadison's picture

When I first heard the report on the radio it sounded like the Packers would be replacing the current deal with a 4/$100M deal. A four-year extension to the current deal makes a lot of sense to me. I assume that #12 could get a lot more than 4/$100M if he plays out his last two years and hits UFA. Doing the deal now will probably put signing bonus money in his pocket now, give him a lot of new guaranteed money, and will pull a portion of the cap hit into this year via the pro-rated portion of the signing bonus. This looks like a really smart deal for both sides. I would still like to see an analysis of how many teams with one player eating up 14%+ of their cap space have won a Super Bowl, but the market is what the market is.

Evan's picture

It's a fair point, but I imagine the sample size is so small that not much can be really taken from it.

No one would argue with the idea that the more money you pay one player takes away money to spend on other players. But if any team can make it work, it's one run with Ted's draft and develop philosophy.

Idiot Fan's picture

I think this takes us into a new phase as a team. AR deserves every bit of that money, but we will soon become the mid-00s Colts, who had Peyton, Freeney, Harrison and Wayne making up huge amounts of their cap. These days it seems like the best shot you have at winning a Super Bowl is when you find yourself a really good young QB who you can under-pay for a little while. Once the salary catches up, it's just that much harder to surround him with the talent needed to win it all. I'm all for the contract and would rather have AR than anybody else, but this contract is going to hurt us.

hump's picture

5 yrs left of having the best qb in nfl. arod will be 36. from 1993 thru 2012 we have had the best or close to the best qb in nfl. 2 titles. should be 5! reason: refusal of ted to fill missing pieces with reasonable price f/a.2nd year in a row we've shown that we are not at same level as the nfc elite, cuz we have NO DEFENSE, ther will be no superbowls for a team with m.d. jennings at safety! kenny phillips 2mil,canty 2.7 mil,cullen 2.7 mil,seriously TED!! dont choke this thing like we did with favre,add the pieces wisely and get us a couple more superbowls before its too late!!!

Evan's picture

5 + 29 = 36

Gotcha.

And can you please explain how Ted is responsible for the lack of championships from 1997-2005?

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