Following a report that Aaron Rodgers was getting close to signing a record-breaking deal that would make him the NFL's highest-paid player, it appears as if he's not the only one. "Now that the Packers have re-signed LB Brad Jones, kept TE Jermichael Finley and forced LB A.J. Hawk to take a pay cut, everything is in place for them to finalize not only the deal for Rodgers but for LB Clay Matthews," writes Tom Silverstein at JSOnline. Silverstein estimates that Matthews' salary cap figure will increase from $8 to $10 million. It's just a matter of time before these deals get done, and the way things are going, it would be difficult to see them not getting done before the NFL Draft.
The report at JSOnline was preceded by one from ESPN's Adam Schefter that Aaron Rodgers was nearing a deal of his own. "Both sides have been extremely careful when publicly commenting on a deal," according to ESPN.com. "But those familiar with the contract talks believe a deal will be completed this offseason, and could happen sooner rather than later." Speculation is that Rodgers might average a $25 million per year in his new deal as stated in the article. We wait and see.
More offseason dates for the Packers have been announced, this time it's the Organized Team Activities (OTAs). "The Packers will hold their OTA practices on May 20, 21 and 22; May 28, 29 and 30; and June 11, 12, 13 and 14," writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com. "The only event not included in the NFL's announcement was the Packers' post-draft rookie orientation camp. Last year, the camp was two weeks after the draft; in previous years, it was the weekend immediately after the draft." What's different this year is that there's one week of OTAs being held after the mandatory minicamp, something Mike McCarthy hasn't done in recent seasons.
Catching up with former Packers quarterback Don Majkowski is Paul Imig of Fox Sports Wisconsin who provides a look into the life of the "Majik Man" at 49 years old. "The list of Majkowski's physical problems is lengthy and includes everything from degenerative disk disease in his neck and back to post-concussion syndrome," writes Imig. "But his issues started with his left ankle. He's had 11 surgeries on it, including back-to-back fusions after the first attempt didn't work." It's a shame to hear Majkowski is dealing with so many physical ailments. Hopefully his quality of life is one that he and his family can carry on with minimal disruption.
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Brian Carriveau is the author of "It's Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America," and editor of Cheesehead TV's "Pro Football Draft Preview." To contact Brian, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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