Quarterback is nearing deal that will see him become highest paid player in NFL history.
Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers is nearing an all-time record deal in the NFL. The player and the team are meant to be around $2m apart on a final contract, as rumours suggest that he is looking for a deal close to a $21m a year.
After Joe Flacco set the bar with his record deal with the Baltimore Ravens this off-season, it was only a matter of time before Aaron Rodgers was going to get his contract extension, and see him surpass Flacco as the highest paid player in history.
Having won already won the league MVP award and a Super Bowl championship (and he won the MVP for that too) it was inevitable that once contract talks between Rodgers and the front office begun, the sums discussed would be huge.
The Flacco deal – coupled with the surprisingly large deal that Tony Romo got from the Dallas Cowboys last week – will justify why Rodgers is asking for $21m a year as a salary.
Rodgers is certainly better than both of the other Quarterbacks, and has the best chance of winning another Super Bowl in the near future. The length of the deal would likely be around seven years, which will mean the 29 year-old will play the prime part of his career in Green Bay.
One other player that will be looking in on the contract talks is Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan, who is entering a contract year himself. If he is to win the Super Bowl this season, then he will be looking at the same range of money that Rodgers will be asking for, as it is widely accepted that he too is better than Flacco and Romo.
The $100m player used to be a rarity in the NFL, but it seems now that players are able to use their importance to the team as part of contract negotiations. Owners would be foolish to let the face of their franchise disappear for nothing, and must pay over the odds because of that.