Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported today that the Green Bay Packers and quarterback Aaron Rodgers are apart in negotiations by about $2 million per year.
Allegedly, the Packers have offered up about $21 million per, which would indicate Rodgers is asking for about $23 million annually.
That’s a lot of Jack.
But you know what? The Packers and Ted Thompson need to get it done. Why? Because if Joe Flacco (I must constantly fight the urge to say “Flaccid”, thanks mostly to his lame QB Rating in 2012) is worth $20.1 million per season, then Rodgers is worth 10 times that.
Honestly, when you compare the two quarterbacks and look at Flacco’s salary, it would shock me if this difference in price between the Packers and Rodgers is more about how and when the money will be paid rather than how much.
So what do we have to do in order to get this contract signed and in the books? Make him feel truly appreciated, and make sure he remembers how appreciated he is all season long.
Here are some creative suggestions:
- Convince Ryan Adams to sign with Suspended Sunrise, Rodgers’ record label.
- Pay him in bonuses: An extra $50,000 for every time the offensive line lets him get sacked. (Based on last season, he’d end up making well over $25 million a year at that rate.)
- Pay him $25,000 every time he slides or ducks out of bounds to avoid getting creamed by an oncoming linebacker or strong safety (Packers fans’ nerves and heart rates would also appreciate this bonus structure).
- Offer him another $50,000 bonus for every time the defense gives up 30 points or more. Let’s face it, that defense the Packers put on the field last year made Rodgers’ job a heck of a lot harder than it needed to be. Without some defensive line and linebacking help, it ain’t gonna get much better.
- Pay him a $10,000 bonus for every time in this forthcoming season that Greg Jennings calls him collect from Minnesota, crying, and asking to “come back home.”
- Give him $25,000 for every perfect pass Jermichael Finely drops (That would add up fast).
- Tack on an additional $10,000 for each time Finley then blames Rodgers for the drop in the media ($5,000 added bonus if it’s done via his or a family member’s Twitter feed).
- Pay him for photobombs. Come on, he’d jump all over that offer.
- Reverse psychology: Brett Favre threw for a vomit-inducing 29 interceptions for the Packers in 2005. Pay Rodgers $5,000 for every interception under that total he ends up being each season (For example, last season Rodgers threw 8 picks, which would have netted him an extra $105,000 in bonus pay - Sweet).
- Give him an added $1,000 for each time a teammate refers to him as “sensitive” during an interview (Alternately, you could pay him for each time he tells a reporter that he feels overlooked or under-appreciated).
And there are plenty of other possibilities that could sweeten this deal. If you consider all those factors, it’s really a no-brainer: Just pay him the money.
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