Does Drew Brees, who came in second in MVP voting last year, signing the most lucrative contract in NFL history have the player who came in first in MVP voting last year thinking about re-doing his own deal?
Aaron Rodgers says no.
Although Rodgers is underpaid relative to the elite quarterbacks in the NFL — with a contract that pays him $8.5 million this year, $9.75 million next year and $11 million in 2014 — he told Ian Rapoport of NFL Network that he doesn’t think the Brees situation has any bearing on his situation with the Packers, and he’s not in any hurry to re-do his own contract.
“That stuff takes care of itself,” Rodgers said. “I still have a few years left on my deal, and we’ll talk about that when we get there.”
Rodgers’s six-year, $65 million contract has turned out to be a bargain for the Packers, but when he signed it in 2008 there were some who thought it was too big a financial investment for a player who had, to that point, started just seven games in his NFL career. The Packers’ decision to make a big investment in Rodgers at a time when he hadn’t proven himself yet may be why Rodgers feels enough loyalty to the team that he won’t complain about his contract.
Even though, compared to what other elite quarterbacks are making, Rodgers is underpaid.