It didn’t come as a surprise to anyone when Green Bay Packers President Mark Murphy said that finishing Aaron Rodgers contract extension was a priority for the team. The news broke a few weeks ago that the Packers were placing Rodgers’ contract at the forefront of their efforts and that the Packers focus on signing their own was important.
Rodgers was re-signed by the Packers in 2008 and was expected to make about $9 million per year, a far cry from Flacco’s $20 million. The Packers, who haven’t signed a single free agent this offseason, have about $18 million under the salary cap, some of which will no doubt be applied to Rodgers’ new deal, but the Packers also have to pay for draft picks from the pot of money. In addition, the Packers are facing the need to renew the contract of Clay Matthews and may also include defensive lineman B.J. Raji among those who they want to target for new deals.
While the contracts of Matthews and Raji are important, the Packers might hold off for some time in updating those deals in order to make sure that they take care of Rodgers first.