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Packers Could Be Close To Signing Rodgers To A Contract Extension

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Packers Could Be Close To Signing Rodgers To A Contract Extension

From LeRoy Butler's Twitter account:

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.

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Chad Toporski's picture

I love this team.

Mark's picture

If this is indeed true, this contract is an 8-year $123.75 million (through 2019).

Barry's picture

This team just knows how to get things done. Jennings next.

FITZCORE1252's EVO's picture

Hellz yes. Butler getting the inside scoop huh? Strikes me as odd that he and not an Andrew Brandtish/Adam Schefterish did... But, it's not who delivers the news, it's the news he delivers, and I hope he's right!

GBP 4 LIFE

Bearmeat's picture

This is great news for the Packers. Hope is happens.

However, even though I don't particularly care for Brees or the Saints, I completely understand Drew's animosity towards the tag after what happened to him at the end of his Chargers stint.

aussiepacker's picture

Who wouldn't want to be a packer for life. Got to love the packers managment and Arod. We are some lucky fans.

PadLevel's picture

Very out of character for LeRoy to leak this! He is close to the team & mgmt, wonder if he would regret his decision to out this, if this is indeed true

Lou's picture

Aaron is the entire package, basically no known weakness in his game, I don't know if this was ever the case before. Marino, Manning, and Brady are not nearly as mobile, both Montana and Young could not throw the long ball as well, and Favre threw more ill advised interceptions in big games than anyone that ever played. Add to his package his intelligence and class and he is a slam dunk as the best.

Oppy's picture

Everyone always wants to add to their package.

FITZCORE1252's EVO's picture

I don't. My bones couldn't handle another ounce from my package.

jrunde10's picture

So year 16 of his career (give or take a year) by the end of this contract? Wow. Time flies...

Pack66's picture

haha..suck it, Rodgers fans...

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packeraaron's picture

"I feel strong loyalty to Brett Favre" - kinda like you Pack66.

1. Hutson
2. Starr
3. Favre

Cheers.

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