Jan 12, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) passes the ball against the San Francisco 49ers during the second quarter of the NFC divisional round playoff game at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Rodgers poised to become the highest paid player in the league

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.

When the Baltimore Ravens re-signed their Super Bowl winning and MVP quarterback Joe Flacco for $120 million, the focus on re-signing Rodgers heightened.

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.

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