Aaron Rodgers extension almost done, 5 years 96$ million.
Rodgers is currently playing under the six-year, $65 million deal he signed back in 2008 which is set to expire in 2014. The veteran quarterback recently said that he wanted to be a “Packer for life” and adding 5 years to his existing deal, if that is how it is structured, would certainly go a long way toward completing that goal. No word yet as to the structure or how much money would be guaranteed.
Obviously, this is very preliminary and based off a Tweet from a former player, but Butler has been accurate on team matters in the past.
If Butler’s numbers are even close to right, this would be a great deal for the Packers and would speak extremely well of Rodgers and his desire to remain a Packer, echoing Tom Brady taking a below-market deal back in 2010.
It would also be a bit of an embarrassment to Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints. The Saints inability to get Brees under contract has dragged on for months and played out largely in the press, while Rodgers and the Packers seem to have gotten things done quickly and quietly without animosity – and with two years remaining on Rodgers’ deal.
Looking around the league, Brady signed a a five-year, $78.5 million deal in 2010, Ben Roethlisberger signed an eight-year, $102 million contract back in 2008, Philip Rivers signed a a seven-year, $98.25 million deal in 2009, and Michael Vick signed a six-year, $100 million deal in August of 2011.
Needless to say, this would be a great deal for the Packers.
UPDATE: ESPNMilwaukee’s Jason Wilde throws some serious cold water on a possible Rodgers extension.
Checked in with someone who’d know if Aaron Rodgers was getting a contract extension. The reply? “100% false.”
There’s a very good chance Wilde’s source is Rodgers himself. Of course, Rodgers or someone in his camp may just try to be clamping down on expectations before a deal is done. What can’t be denied is that Rodgers is woefully underpaid (Mark Sanchez will make more than Rodgers in 2012) and the Packers will most likely have to address his contract sooner rather than later.