The Green Bay Packers, according to reports today, are ready to offer Aaron Rodgers the bank-breaking contract extension he deserves – the one that should smash the benchmark recently set by Joe Flacco.
Joe Flacco is the National Football League’s highest paid player? C’mon, we like you, Joe, but you are far from the best player in the league. It’s kind of an embarrassment, wouldn’t you say, that Flacco is making more than double that of Rodgers’ piddling $9 million? It’s a travesty.
Maybe Packers officials understand that they need to get something done and they need to do it soon. Clearly, Rodgers is the best player in the league and he is due. His contract was extended in 2008 when he signed a six-year, $65 million contract with $20 million guaranteed. For the time, that was a great deal, one that made everyone happy.
But five years have gone by and the bar has been raised – a lot. Since 2008, Rodgers has won a Super Bowl, a Super Bowl MVP Award and a league MVP Award. The Packers have won two straight NFC North Division championships, posting a 15-1 record among division rivals over that stretch.
Rodgers win and now it’s time for the team to reward him for his efforts.
Mike Florio of profootballtalk.com wrote today that a league source has said that Rodgers wait for an extension will soon be over.
“It is his time,” the source told Florio.
But Rodgers isn’t the only player who will soon be joining the $100 million club. League officials say that Matt Ryan, Ben Roethlisberger, and Tony Romo will also soon join the club. League financial experts also see the gold standard rise incrementally with each new contract. With Flacco’s contracting ringing in at about $21 million, it’s expected that whomever signs next will top that total with others following with deals in the same range, if not more.
Here is a breakdown of recent contract extensions for quarterbacks beginning with the deal Flacco just signed and extending back to 2004, courtesy of the Atlanta Journal Constitution:
–MARCH 2013: Baltimore’s Joe Flacco signed a six-years, $120.6 million contract with $52 million guaranteed.
–FEB. 2013: New England’s Tom Brady signed a five-year, $60 million contact that is fully guaranteed.
—JULY 2012: New Orleans’ Drew Brees signed a five-years, $100 million contact with $40 million guaranteed.
–MARCH 2011: Denver’s Peyton Manning signed a five-year, $96 million contract with between $18 million to $60 million guaranteed.
–OCT. 2011: Oakland’s Carson Palmer signed a four-year, $43 million contract with $7.5 million guaranteed.
—AUG. 2009: New York’s Eli Manning signed a six-year, $106.9 million contract with the Giants. A total of $35 million was guaranteed.
–AUG. 2009: San Diego’s Philip Rivers signed seven-year, $98.25 million contract with $38.15 million guaranteed.
–APRIL 2009: Detroit’s Matthew Stafford signed a six-year, $72 million contact with $41.5 million guaranteed.
–OCT. 2008: Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers signed a six-year, $65 million contract with $20 million guaranteed.
–MAY 2008: Atlanta’s Matt Ryan signed a six-year, $72 million contract with $34.75 million guaranteed.
–OCT. 2007: Dallas’ Tony Romo signed a six-year, $67.4 million contract, with $30 million guaranteed.
—DEC. 2004: Atlanta’s Michael Vick signed a 10-year, $130 million contract with $37 million guaranteed.