Though a contract extension for the eight-year veteran is due, his contract doesn’t come due until 2014. How soon the Packers and Rodgers get serious over his contract is up for discussion, though ongoing discussions are probably occurring.
Rodgers isn’t fretting. He knows he’s the face of the franchise and his day will come. Whether it’s this year or next, it will come.
There are those who feel that the Packers want to lock up both B.J. Raji and Clay Matthews to long-term contracts before getting Rodgers to sign on the bottom line. That could mean Rodgers may have to wait. In order to get Raji and Matthews to sign, the Packers may have to do some creative juggling in order to make that happen. It could include cutting ties with the likes of Charles Woodson, A.J. Hawk and Jermichael Finley, but that remains to be seen.
In the meantime, Rodgers told the Green Bay Press Gazette yesterday that he’s ready to play at least eight more years, which would take him to 2020. If things go well with him, he may even play longer. Either way, it would behoove the Packers to sign him for at least that eight-year period, which would, at the end of the contract, make him a Packer for 17 years – one year longer than Brett Favre played for Green Bay.
“I’ve had eight great years there, the last five as a starter,” Rodgers told the Press Gazette. “Hopefully I can give them another eight plus years of playing at a high level.”
He went on: “We’ll see what happens with that, I’m not stressing about it. I think the Packers would like me to be around for a few more years and I’d love to finish my career there.”
That’s music to the ears of everyone listening. Rodgers, who already has a Super Bowl Championship, a Super Bowl MVP, and an NFL MVP under his belt, would like to see more of that down the road – and so would Packers Nation.
However, to be able to accomplish those types of goals again, Rodgers needs to have top-notch players around him, especially on the offensive line and at the other skill positions. And that takes money.
Rodgers and his agent will be waiting around to see what type of payday Joe Flacco of the Baltimore Ravens gets this offseason. They will then use that as a benchmark for their contract negotiations. Clearly, Rodgers is a bigger talent than Flacco and should be able to demand more.
Either way, whatever and whenever it occurs, the Packers will make their quarterback one of, if not the highest paid player in the NFL … and he will deserve it.