The big news last week about Baltimore Ravens‘ quarterback Joe Flacco’s $120 million contract was watched closely by Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and all in his camp for good reason – the Packers’ signal caller is due a new contract within the year (though he has two years left on his current deal) and for sure wanted to see the numbers being sent Flacco’s way.
With that in mind, Mike Freeman of CBS Sports reported today that Rodgers has no plans of holding out. That’s a good thing, considering the Packers’ next in line is Graham Harrell - not your most trusted backup.
While the news is notable, it’s not surprising to me. Why would Rodgers hold out? He’s had a good relationship with Packers brass and coaches, he’s never complained about his contract and has even said that he was very happy with the extension he received back in 2008. At the time, it made him a rich man and offered him a comfortable living.
So, today’s news that he said he wouldn’t hold out is what we’ve all come to expect from Rodgers – a humble man who knows the Packers will be fair in their next go-around at negotiations. Yes, he probably wants to be noted as one of the best at his profession, and I’m sure he wants to be compensated rightly. That’s to be expected.
Here’s what Freeman had to say today:
Sources close to Rodgers describe the quarterback as concerned about his contract situation with the Packers , but he isn’t yet prepared to hold out this offseason or this summer, if a new deal isn’t reached.
Sure, that could change, but it seems Rodgers wants no part of a holdout. There is also the belief in the Rodgers camp that one won’t be needed and both sides will reach an agreement on a new deal.
“He paid close attention to the money Joe Flacco received,” a source close to Rodgers explained, “but there’s no anger. He’s not planning to hold out.”
Rodgers understands that he’s one of 53 on the roster and the money has to be spread equitably. His share will come in good time.
All we ask is that Rodgers not be consumed by all the talk and that he goes about his business like he always has.
After all, championships tend to raise the stock and value of players who achieve them – just ask Joe Flacco.