A new development has been reported in the ongoing Aaron Rodgers' contract negotiations saga. "According to sources informed of the progress in the negotiations, the sides are roughly $2 million per year apart on their offers," writes Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. "The Packers' current contract offer is believed to average slightly more than $21 million per year, sources say, meaning Rodgers is a sure bet either way to eclipse the $20.6 million per year the Baltimore Ravens recently agreed to pay Joe Flacco." Rapoport also reports that the two sides are still figuring out what to do with the two years remaining on Rodgers' current contract. Once again, it's impossible to predict exactly when a deal will be consummated, but a good guess is that something will get done before the draft. No guarantees, however.
In other Aaron Rodgers news, Dan Pompei clues us into a tidbit into the offseason life of the Packers quarterback in a column at the National Football Post. "Aaron Rodgers is changing up his offseason workout routine," writes Pompei. "The Packers quarterback says he is incorporating more stretching and flexibility work. What is the point? At 29, Rodgers is beginning to realize how flexibility affects motion, and how both are affected by age. He wants to continue to remain flexible and limber and avoid injuries, and he hopes this is a way to do that." Best of luck with that, Aaron.
Former Packers safety LeRoy Butler was outspoken in his opinion on the running backs currently on the Packers roster in a recent article posted at Fox Sports Wisconsin. "They're definitely not OK at running back; They can't win a Super Bowl with (DuJuan) Harris as their best option," Butler is quoted as saying by reporter Paul Imig. "The running backs they have right now, it's going to be hard to win with these guys." The jury is still out on Harris. I know I'd like the Packers to find a bigger, complementary back to Harris, but I'm not sure I'd go as far as to say they couldn't win a Super Bowl with Harris this early in the young man's career.
A column written by Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette calls on the Packers and Brett Favre to hold off on a jersey retirement ceremony or any other such mending of fences between the two parties. "Someday the two sides should fix their fractured relationship," writes Vandermause. "But now is not the time. It’s too soon after the messiness of their divorce." The Packers will do what they think is in the best interests of the franchise. Brett Favre will do what's best for Brett Favre. It's inevitable that it gets done, it's just a matter of when.
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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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