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Aaron Rodgers: Will his mega-deal hamstring the Green Bay Packers?

By Luke Hanish

of Lombardiave.com

Green Bay Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk was recently quoted as saying Aaron Rodgers will be getting “a billion dollars” on his next deal.

This got me thinking … will we eventually see a billion dollar deal? I know, I know, right now this thought seems a little far-fetched but after looking back a mere five years, look how some of these big name contracts have been trending. Last year it was Drew Brees and Peyton Manning. This year (eventually) it will be Rodgers.

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The dollar amounts are staggering, pushing upwards of $23 to $25 million per year. Every year it seems we have had a coveted title of “highest paid player in league history.”

I do want to get back to the Brees contract last year, however.

At the time, the case was made by USA Today Sports (among others) that Brees’s new deal would hurt the team in the long run. Somehow saying he was right after one mere season seems like quite an understatement as even with a perennial Pro Bowl quarterback, the Saints still only managed to go 7-9. The biggest impact of this Brees deal was the inability to re-sign more players at vital positions.

Letting Carl Nicks walk I believe was the biggest blow to the team. We’ll never know if Brees’ greed really led to the downfall of the Saints 2012 season, but I think the case can certainly be made.

Anyway, what I’m getting at is these types of contracts aren’t always what’s best for a team in the long run and by no means am I suggesting the Packers shouldn’t give Rodgers what he deserves.

All I’m saying (speaking on behalf of the Packers Nation, mind you), is I hope Ted Thompson plays his cards right with this one.

So who will be the next “highest paid player in league history,” (after Rodgers’ new deal) – in any league, for that matter?

Andrew Luck? Mike Trout? Stephen Strasburg? RG3?

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