Aaron Rodgers will be throwing passes as a much richer player next season. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Aaron Rodgers stepping toward new deal

The talk these past few days has been about not if Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will receive his new mega-millions contract, but when.

Well, when Packers President Mark Murphy signaled earlier this week that the deal was in the process and that it was a “priority,” everyone expected that it would be soon – whatever that meant.

This morning, that time frame has been nailed down a bit … it look like, at least according to today’s published reports … that Rodgers could be the richest man in the NFL within the next month, maybe sooner.

According to profootballtalk.com, the Packers and Rodgers’ agent are inching toward locking Rodgers up for at least the next 8-10 years at as much as $23 million annually. Wow! that’s a 23 with a lot of zeroes behind it.

Rodgers came out last month and said he would like to play at least another eight seasons for the Packers, which would put him in line for as many years as Brett Favre played with the franchise.

If that does indeed become reality, the Packers will have gone a stretch of 28 continuous years with just two quarterbacks. That would have to be some kind of record.

But before we can talk about that, the Packers and Rodgers’ representatives will have to get the specifics nailed down. Though the Packers have $18 million in the pot this year, they will have to figure out how to best structure the deal so it doesn’t hamstring the team in signing other players down the line.

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