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Aaron Rodgers closing in on new deal

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Packers CEO Mark Murphy recently described signing quarterback Aaron Rodgers to a new contract as a “priority.”

Soon, “priority” will be replaced with “reality.”

A new deal with Rodgers could be done soon, possibly before the draft.

It is his time,” a league source with knowledge of the situation recently told PFT.

When it comes to value, don’t expect another nudging of the bar by a quarter inch or so.  With Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco getting $20.1 million per year roughly eight months after Saints quarterback Drew Brees receiver $20 million annually, Rodgers could go as high as $23 million annually.

Which then will become the new height for which other quarterbacks aim.

Meanwhile, the teams with those ultra-high-priced quarterbacks will have less and less cap space available to fill out the other positions on the roster.

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  1. ccjcsr says: Mar 21, 2013 11:09 AM

    Another 20 Mill a year QB!

  2. dwarftosser says: Mar 21, 2013 11:10 AM

    And he’s worth every single penny.

  3. briscocountyjr says: Mar 21, 2013 11:12 AM

    The packers should really be signing him to a 1 year “show me deal”, otherwise they’ll overpay him to the range of flacco. He needs to prove he’s in the same class as Joe first.

  4. bigj7769 says: Mar 21, 2013 11:12 AM

    Every qb is entitled to their big pay day. He has earned it. He’ll restructure in a year or 2, just like Brady, Eli, Big Ben twice, etc.

  5. themagicman1223 says: Mar 21, 2013 11:12 AM

    Now if he is the highest paid QB in the league this is one signing I won’t criticize. Joe Flacco couldn’t even hold Rodgers’ jockstrap. Aaron Rodgers is arguably the best QB in the game today and will make ANY team a contender for years to come.

  6. tambrady says: Mar 21, 2013 11:14 AM

    He deserves his money. It’s gonna be tough for GB to field a complete team with Rodgers making over $20M per year and Clay Matthews up next (probably around $12-15M per year. That will be close to 50% of the team’s cap space devoted to two players (granted they are arguably the best offensive and defensive players in the league).

    Should be interesting to see what happens going forward. Makes the decision to pass on Jennings make even more sense. Hopefully they can front load his contract for this season, leaving room to sign Matthews and Raji to big money contracts next season. We have close to enough cap space to give Rodgers $30M this year, which would be more allow give him a more palatable contract for next few years.

  7. ozymandias121 says: Mar 21, 2013 11:15 AM

    And the dismantling of the Packers begins…

  8. mataug says: Mar 21, 2013 11:15 AM

    With the way these QB salaries are exploding, I’m becoming a fan of the idea of teams being allowed to trade cap space for draft picks lol

  9. purpleguy says: Mar 21, 2013 11:15 AM

    Boy, I’m sure glad my team doesn’t have the enorous cap burden of an MVP QB (typed in sarcasm font).

  10. logicalvoicesays says: Mar 21, 2013 11:16 AM

    Top 5 QBs in professional Football – Griffin III, Rodgers, Roethelisberger, Stafford and Dalton. In that order.

  11. mvp43 says: Mar 21, 2013 11:16 AM

    To all my fellow Packer fans who constantly hate on Ted Thompson for either not pursing high priced free agents or for letting players like Jennings go……… this is why he does it. He needs cap space to sign players like Rodgers, Mathews, Raji etc. I would rather have 12 taken care of first.

    Or, would you rather have signed Steven Jackson, Tom Crabtree, Jennings etc, with the possibility of not being able to pay our star impacty players. No brainer….

  12. tmhofficial says: Mar 21, 2013 11:17 AM

    If Flacco is worth $20.1 mill per year, Rodgers is worth $50 mill per. Fortunately, Packers will get him for about the same as Flacco, because Rodgers doesn’t seem to care about such trivial pursuits. He just wants to win. I wouldn’t be surprised if he signed for less even.

    Remember during the lockout when Brees said he plays for the love of the game, and essentially said shame on the owners for being so greedy? And that he only feels sorry for the fans that the greedy owners are ruining everything.

    Then, a year later, he turned down numerous offers from the Saints until he was the highest paid player in history? Classy guy, thank God Rodgers is nothing like Brees or Flacco.

  13. contraisloosebuthole says: Mar 21, 2013 11:17 AM

    Simple just raise the cap up NFL. It should be much higher.

  14. nflintheuk says: Mar 21, 2013 11:18 AM

    Given the deal he signed before I don’t think he’ll receive more than Flacco. I get the feeling that unlike an Eli Manning style “I’ll do whatever I can for the cause (as long as I don’t earn any less)” Rodgers will let his actions speak louder than his words

  15. trojanwarrior007 says: Mar 21, 2013 11:20 AM

    good to get this done before Ryan and Stafford artificially raise the QB salary bar even higher.

  16. larrydavid7000 says: Mar 21, 2013 11:21 AM

    don’t do it GB. Need to think about your future and one player is not your future. Its a team sport 11 on offence and 11 on defence. Don’t pull off a fulco and give all your cap space to one player. Or you may not have a future.?!

  17. jets4gold says: Mar 21, 2013 11:21 AM

    this crap is getting out of hand. 20+million a year?! the game its getting easier and easier for QBs and they make that? this is how teams don’t get better. All cap space goes to one guy and can’t spend in other needed areas. Something has to give. I’m sure these agents are seeing green signs all over. Ridiculous

  18. bucrightoff says: Mar 21, 2013 11:22 AM

    Rodgers isn’t selfish like Brees and Flacco. He’ll sign for a good team friendly deal.

  19. granadafan says: Mar 21, 2013 11:22 AM

    This is a contract long overdue. Rodgers is absolutely better than monobrow Flacco. Rodgers has been screwed his entire career and deserves to be recognized as the best. Now, if the team can only give him some help on Defense and offensive line.

  20. tomcous says: Mar 21, 2013 11:23 AM

    People RGIII has huge potential, but why on earth would you say he is “THE” Top QB? …

    Until he learns to play with healthy slides or running out of bounds, he’s not a Top 5 QB!

  21. wstover says: Mar 21, 2013 11:26 AM

    When is the quarterback salary bubble going to burst?

  22. purpwalk says: Mar 21, 2013 11:27 AM

    suck up that cap space, you don’t need teammates

  23. swagger52 says: Mar 21, 2013 11:27 AM

    The Jets are so glad they don’t have all the cap problems associated with QBs like Flacco, they would prefer to spend a healthy percentage on interceptions and fumbles, so that they can overspend on Revis Island to stop Flacco. It hasn’t worked the last couple of years, but hey..anything is better than having an expensive QB.

  24. hoops737 says: Mar 21, 2013 11:28 AM

    Cue “selfish”, “not a team player”, and “Not worth the $$” Posts

    No? Oh that’s right those are reserved for only Drew Brees.

    Haters.

  25. halbert53 says: Mar 21, 2013 11:31 AM

    Don’t begrudge him a big payday compared to other top quarterbacks, but the trend to use so much cap space for a QB is a large part of why so many teams have flaws. Essentially teams try to have a dozen core players and the rest are just interchangeable parts.

  26. jjthesportsguy says: Mar 21, 2013 11:31 AM

    The Packers have always been a smart franchise, especially when it came to the big dollar contract of their former quarterback. I’m hoping that Rodgers isn’t money greedy and that he sees the kinds of players he will be playing with if he commands that amount of money annually.

    I hope the entire league took a long hard look at what just happened to the Ravens roster after they signed Flacco to deal of that size.

  27. mavajo says: Mar 21, 2013 11:32 AM

    Sigh. Am I going to have to buy more stock now?

  28. soytureyna says: Mar 21, 2013 11:32 AM

    Its the right thing to do. It may not seem logical in terms of cap space, but if Green Bay doesn’t pay the man, he may eventually go somewhere that will.

    Go Pack!

  29. lightcleric says: Mar 21, 2013 11:33 AM

    As much as I want to blame the QBs, everyone deserves blame. Agents who want their share, a media that has basically deified the QB position, and NFL for rolling the union with a bad CBA resulting in a low salary cap, and the union for getting rolled.

  30. GenXJay says: Mar 21, 2013 11:35 AM

    Discount double does not apply. Keep the few & sacrifice the many now & in the future?
    B/c the roster talent bankruptcy process has begun. GB fans, get out now. Sell your “team share” novelty item stock. The cheese depression era is near.

  31. lambeauleaper says: Mar 21, 2013 11:36 AM

    He definitely deserves to be the highest paid QB in the league, he’s earned it.

    I just wonder how high the ceiling for paying QBs will get! $23M/yr is a huge chuck of change and a big hit to the cap. Good thing he’ll restructure in a couple years after he gets is guaranteed money.

  32. pats777 says: Mar 21, 2013 11:36 AM

    One more concussion away from the bench…

  33. johnnytubetop says: Mar 21, 2013 11:37 AM

    While Rodgers could make $23m, something tells me he’s more of a team player than Flacco and will take a deal that pays him much more than he makes now, but not enough to handcuff the team.

  34. overratedsteelerhater says: Mar 21, 2013 11:41 AM

    without a QB in this game you will go nowhere.
    just pay him and try not to get hit to hard
    [good luck]

  35. chut26 says: Mar 21, 2013 11:41 AM

    NFL/NFLPA need to step in and set a level for max contracts. QB’s are killing teams chances to field a full competitive team when 25% of their cap space is put aside for on person.

  36. ill42 says: Mar 21, 2013 11:44 AM

    I smell $25 mil per year. 5 years $125 mil

  37. dmckella1 says: Mar 21, 2013 11:45 AM

    A funny amount of inch and height references for a quarterback sensitive about his height.

  38. staticphear says: Mar 21, 2013 11:46 AM

    I would be surprised if the passed 20 million a year average. This is the Packers after all and they don’t pay well.

  39. wludford says: Mar 21, 2013 11:47 AM

    Lots of quality players the Packers didn’t sign or let go to make room for #12. Not to mention the restructurings…

    Of course you have to do it- GB has been lucky to have #12 for only $10m the last few years. Now its time to pay the piper. Once Rodgers, Matthews and Raji sign new deals, the Packers will be in salary cap hell for years to come…

  40. Great Caesar's Ghost says: Mar 21, 2013 11:47 AM

    Keep up the good work TT. Let the other teams overpay free agents who were not re-signed by their teams for some strange reason…looking forward to the draft where the real impact is made.

  41. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 21, 2013 11:47 AM

    Should be a risk-reward type contract:

    $25M every year he makes it past the Round 2 of the playoffs. Vet minimum if he doesn’t.

  42. steviemo says: Mar 21, 2013 11:49 AM

    Well-deserved, Aaron. One of the classiest acts in the NFL ever since you overcame the Shun that is Brett Favre and out-legended the “legend.”.

  43. justintuckrule says: Mar 21, 2013 11:57 AM

    Teams without qb have a 123m cap. Those with qbs are happy to live with a 100m cap.

  44. shaggytoodle says: Mar 21, 2013 11:57 AM

    I guess that’s what happens when you draft really well.

    All of a sudden you have 3 players that can ask for big bucks.

    Rodgers will get his. I just wonder if there is enough to go around for the rest of those guys.

    Maybe TT will do some creative budgeting.

    Try drafting another DB to go with Shields and Hayward, Tramon may need to be let go after this year, if your going to pay those other guys.

  45. ravenmuscle says: Mar 21, 2013 12:00 PM

    Rogers is washed up….but he’ll get $23 million a year and the Packers wont see a Superbowl in the next twenty years…Oh and about RGIII…his knee has left him SHOT forever.

  46. ravensallday2012 says: Mar 21, 2013 12:00 PM

    Only if most of u understood salary cap…flaccos deal does not hurt the ravens it actually saved them money. Learn what u r talking about

  47. theemrsanity says: Mar 21, 2013 12:00 PM

    This is the perfect time ot sign a franchise QB.

    GM: “Aaron, look at what paying Joe 2o million a year cost the ravens. They can barely field a team.”

    AR: ” You’re right Ted. I dont want ot be a loser for the next 5-6 yrs. I’ll take a 6yr deal with 50mil guaranteed, and we can restructure after 2 to minimize the cap hit.”

  48. thejuddstir says: Mar 21, 2013 12:01 PM

    No arguement that Rodgers is an elite QB and any team would like to have him, but it is the economics of the game that require teams to have “windows of opportunity” to win SB’s before dismantling of the team begins. If Rodgers, Matthews and Raji use up half the available cap space it makes it impossible to keep a team together. Every team has and will experience it and it won’t be long before there will have to be “wink wink” side deals. It doesn’t matter how great of a player (Manning, Brady, Brees, Rodgers, etc.) the time will come when a team will have to make tough decisions. TT has convinced packer fans that they will always build through the draft and while this sounds good, it is unsustainable because no team hits on all their draft picks. It is really a

  49. ravenmuscle says: Mar 21, 2013 12:02 PM

    With TWELVE picks in the next draft Ozzie will rack up a boatload of Probowlers….and the Superbowls will keep coming to Baltimore for Years and years.

  50. ilovefoolsball says: Mar 21, 2013 12:05 PM

    Ooh goody it’s Green bay’s turn to have the greedy quarterback who will wreck their future for the next 5 years!

  51. thejuddstir says: Mar 21, 2013 12:06 PM

    a built in excuse for not being able to afford to keep your own players and to sign FA’s, but naive fans will suck it up and drink the koolaid, like “in TT we trust.” Case in point, I believe the packers have had the nucleus of a team to be a contender but gaping holes like at RB and DL have kept them from being SB contenders as often as you would think they should be, with players like Rodgers, Matthews and Raji. Being strong at a few positions means you have to be weak or lucky at the others when considering the cap.

  52. threefeetaway says: Mar 21, 2013 12:09 PM

    And now we know the real reason why Green Bay didn’t go after any free agents…

  53. emperorzero says: Mar 21, 2013 12:13 PM

    Aaron definitely deserves the money, but I think at some point teams are going to find wrapping 1/6 of the salary cap into one player isn’t wise. With the league becoming more pass happy, at some point teams will have to decide if they want the guy who throws for 5,000 yards or take the guy who throws for 4,000 and have some cap flexability.

  54. briman141 says: Mar 21, 2013 12:13 PM

    I can’t take the people saying that he deserves this. I am an avid Packer fan, stock owner, etc., but the salaries are out of control. Who deserves $20M a year to chuck a damned football? Why do people laud these ridiculous, jumbo contracts when typically, most struggle to make ends meet. Good Lord, they need to get these salaries more in line with reality, especially when the average salary is 50K per year. $20+ mil, crazy.

  55. packerfan1000 says: Mar 21, 2013 12:21 PM

    For all those saying it will be tough for the Pack to field a complete team after they sign Rodgers and CM3, don’t worry, it won’t.

    This is exactly why they don’t spend big to cast offs in free agency. They plan for these kinds of things. They will field a complete team through the draft with players that don’t need to be paid much. They’ll find another Jennings. They’ll get a cheaper Stephen Jackson. They have a Percy Harvin (Cobb).

    Packers’ philosophy: Pay your irreplacable studs. Fill in with draft and develop. Playoffs every year, ad a superbowl here and there.

  56. decimusprime says: Mar 21, 2013 12:22 PM

    Do these contracts even matter? They are giving big money contracts that will no doubt be changed. Every time this happens everyone starts complaining but as seen this off season so many teams & players are renegotiating their contracts. Does it matter what the guy signs for now? In a year or three its gonna get redone. Give Rodgers a $150m today and in two years it’ll be $30-$40m. lol

  57. hatesycophants says: Mar 21, 2013 12:23 PM

    Erin and Ryan Braun have already begun celebrating with PEDs and male prostitutes…. According to a source who wished to remain anonymous.

  58. kw27p says: Mar 21, 2013 12:23 PM

    No discount double check for GB. Someone had to say it

  59. d0minate says: Mar 21, 2013 12:26 PM

    What a farce, do people really think that Joe Flacco single handily won the SB or something? There is no I in Team, and I don’t recall Rodgers doing very well last year when he was on his butt for half the game in Seattle.
    Is he a great QB, absolutely, but these QB contracts are just ridiculous and they either cripple a team, or they make all the other positions expendable (as we have seen in free agency), so essentially, those guys protecting Rodgers, or providing great defense are going to get hosed when their time comes.

  60. doe22us says: Mar 21, 2013 12:29 PM

    Wow, the new age QB’s when their time is up to re-up are salivating around the prospects of more money. RG 3, Luck, Russel and any up and comer. In the next 4-5 yrs if the cost are not reigned in, you could be seeing 25-30 per.

  61. FinFan68 says: Mar 21, 2013 12:34 PM

    The QB salaries are out of control. Each good QB wants a better deal than the last guy. The salary forces some short-term cap manipulation and will lead to a long-term talent deficit on the rest of the team. What is better? Having an elite QB with an entire team made up of rookies and league minimum has-beens or an average QB with talented players all around? It will soon be better to have an average QB (that knows he’s average) and a higher caliber team. The tipping point is coming fast (if not already here)

  62. majikwen says: Mar 21, 2013 12:39 PM

    congrats aaron, good luck playing with draft picks and undrafted free agents. you blew up the cap. tom brady took less to win …………..trade him for a boat load of draft picks and TT will build another SB champ.

  63. 1rockyracoon says: Mar 21, 2013 12:40 PM

    Recent history is not in favor of having a QB making over $20 million. Take a look at the teams in this situation: saints won a Super Bowl before Brees took up so much cap space and now they have one of the worst defenses; Flacco just got his new deal and they are losing players left and right. If a team gives such a large chunk of cap space to one player then they better draft starting talent with every pick because they can’t afford other top free agents.

  64. kgod30 says: Mar 21, 2013 12:40 PM

    $20M – sweet….GB has peaked…better enjoy the next few years….

  65. malvaren18 says: Mar 21, 2013 12:40 PM

    How can anyone think of Joe Flacco as an elite QB without bursting into a laugh, this guy had one good playoff year and all the suddenly he is the best QB on the league, ha,ha,ha,ha……….

  66. ickky says: Mar 21, 2013 12:41 PM

    The GLBT community is going to be thrilled

  67. conormacleod says: Mar 21, 2013 12:47 PM

    1) I’m laughing at the Packer fans that think Rodgers loves GB so much that he will just take a discounted contract.
    2) GB has enough cap space because they haven’t paid for a running back in years.
    3) GB knows if they need more money they’ll just fire up the printers and sell more “stock” in the team. It’s like girl scout cookie time there. OH!! I’ll take 3 boxes of stock!! I like the kind with chocolate!!

  68. shiftyshellshocked says: Mar 21, 2013 12:49 PM

    You think Aaron is going to take less money to get a pat on the back from the Packers fans? You guys are dumber than I thought.

  69. phloorioisanarcissist says: Mar 21, 2013 12:51 PM

    logicalvoicesays says:

    Top 5 QBs in professional Football – Griffin III, Rodgers, Roethelisberger, Stafford and Dalton. In that order.

    ——————————————————

    Top 5 ‘tools’ on PFT – Logicalvoicesays, BenRothlisberger7, Ravenator, Lo6icalvoicesays, and thestrategyexpert.

  70. uangerme says: Mar 21, 2013 12:53 PM

    I would love to see him take a deal not so pricey in order for his team to save cap room and sign better players around him. Its probably a long shot since I am sure he wants to be set for life but it would be an honorable thing to do in today’s greedy society.

  71. 4sacroc says: Mar 21, 2013 12:57 PM

    Dude has carried this team on his back for past three years.

    – He plays behind one of the softest – and most porous – o-lines in the league.

    – Perennially has a sub-par running game to turn to.

    – GB defense has been horrible two straight years.

    The fact they are even in the hunt is all owing to Rodgers.

  72. imjinbrdgr says: Mar 21, 2013 1:07 PM

    With the new rules the running game is obsolete so might as well spend all their $ on QB and Receivers.

  73. shlort says: Mar 21, 2013 1:10 PM

    It is funny to read comments from people who are too stupid to understand that a team lives and dies by the QB position.

    There is not one team in the NFL that wouldn’t cut their current QB and take Rodgers and make him the highest paid player in NFL history. That is only a fact. Rodgers is the Best QB in the NFL and will be for at least a few more years. He might even go down as on of the best to ever play the position. He is that good. Or, does everyone think GB gets lucky and ends up with the best WRs somehow? LOL. Rodgers makes those players look good. Jennings will find out a difference between Rodgers and Ponder.

  74. tsi431 says: Mar 21, 2013 1:10 PM

    Its simple. If Rodgers doesn’t get his $$ here, he will get it elsewhere. The Packers will be stuck with Graham Harrell, Randall Cobb, and probably Tim Tebow for QB’s.

  75. iamedreed says: Mar 21, 2013 1:12 PM

    i blame the greedy agents who care about nothing except making their wallet fatter.

    they use these huge contracts as a recruiting tool to sign other players, who would sign with an agent who represents aaron rodgers and cant make him the highest paid player ever? nobody

    greedy stinking agents

  76. mediasloppy says: Mar 21, 2013 1:15 PM

    I’ll give Rodgers all the credit in the world, but I think his greatness is largely due with great WR’s, a system based on passing the ball and no running game. When Flynn took over for Rodgers in one game he broke NFL stats during the sub-in. Rodgers can throw a nice football and I’d like him on my team though.

  77. Distinguished Male says: Mar 21, 2013 1:15 PM

    This is getting ridiculous. It’s like the teams are using QB contracts as a manhood measuring contest. “Yeah, you think your Brees is big? Well, here’s our Flacco! HNHGH.” And now Green Bay is all strutting into the room wearing a freaking manthong and saying “Yeah well look at our Rodgers bulge! LOOK AT IT!”

  78. veence69 says: Mar 21, 2013 1:37 PM

    If Aaron Rodgers accepts less than 25mil/year from a GM who refuses to play for the talent around him, he’s truly the biggest fool to have ever played the game.

  79. greatminnesotasportsmind says: Mar 21, 2013 1:40 PM

    Rodgers for 23 million or Tom Brady for 9 million…

  80. veence69 says: Mar 21, 2013 1:41 PM

    Aaron Rodgers holds all the cards. He should wait until free agency and get his true worth. Ted Thompson is going to low ball his QB like he low balls every other player who eventually leaves GB.

  81. gtodriver says: Mar 21, 2013 1:43 PM

    Well after Aaron, Clay and BJ take up all the cap room…

    James Jones will be catching passes from someone else in 2014. Then in 2015 Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson will be gone.

    How will Rodgers do when he only has rookies and 2nd year players to throw to?

  82. CKL says: Mar 21, 2013 1:45 PM

    staticphear says:
    Mar 21, 2013 11:46 AM
    I would be surprised if the passed 20 million a year average. This is the Packers after all and they don’t pay well.
    ________________________________
    Anyone else notice that the teams who get trash talked the most for being “cheap” are the ones that are the most consistently competitive ones year in and year out?

    AR is the best QB in the NFL, no argument. But he hasn’t kicked up a public fuss over a new deal unlike Brees and Flacco who talked contract to the media. That suggests that he realizes that even if you are great at your position, you still need good teammates to win championships. So I expect he will be well paid but it will not get public/messy.

  83. briscocountyjr says: Mar 21, 2013 1:46 PM

    The team is reportedly going to sell more shareholder certificates to help pay his contract. Shrewd move!

  84. borderline1988 says: Mar 21, 2013 1:48 PM

    It is crazy how one position is taking up such a significant portion of a team’s cap.

    But for guys like Rodgers, it’s absolutely worth it. Look at the Patriots, they have been championship contenders every single year since over a decade ago, all b/c of Brady. The rest are mostly interchangeable parts.

    Same thing with Manning’s teams (although he hasn’t been as successful in the playoffs).

    If there is one guy who can guarantee you a playoff spot and possible championship contention, you absolutely go out and pay everything for him.
    But there’s only 3 or 4 QBs like that in the game today. Flacco is not one of them. Neither is Eli Manning. Those guys are historic playoff performers, but they are not one-man teams. Without those defenses around them, they’d go no-where.
    Meanwhile, GB is making the playoffs with a terrible defense; it shows what Rodgers is worth.

  85. mark0327 says: Mar 21, 2013 2:07 PM

    As a Green Bay fan and a Rodgers fan I don’t agree with some these QB contracts are getting out of hand! This is why we couldn’t sign any free agents to improve our soft defense! 35% of the cap space to one player! Wow! I love Aaron and everything but the team I love comes first! No one man should be put before the team!

  86. alex7awesome says: Mar 21, 2013 2:10 PM

    The Packers are obviously going to lose some of their core players now. And as for Flacco, I wish people complained about me making 20 million dollars a year.

  87. tokyosandblaster says: Mar 21, 2013 2:12 PM

    Viking fan jealousy is becoming silly.

    Hey, you guys have Ponder, right?

    Celebrate!

  88. judsonjr says: Mar 21, 2013 2:17 PM

    Long contract, front and backload it. There’s cap room this year to front load it, and then stick another big chunk at the last year.

    Get it done now, 3 or 4 years from now there will be some mediocre QB making that same number. Those are the teams that will really get stuck by the inflated prices.

  89. timcast12 says: Mar 21, 2013 2:46 PM

    Haha ravens fans make me laugh. You guys put me in a great mood

  90. MrObjective says: Mar 21, 2013 2:52 PM

    Objectively speaking, no other position affects the game the way the QB does and the dropoff after the top 4-5 QBs is huge. Pay the man!

  91. dickjagger says: Mar 21, 2013 3:00 PM

    @malvaren18
    Flacco could have two rings now if not for a dropped pass the season before last. More road playoff wins than any QB in History. Made the playoff’s every year he’s been in the league. Super Bowl MVP in a feat that only Montana and Warner have accomplished, and yet people still hate? By the way, dude’s only 28 and hasn’t even entered his prime yet! Know what you’re talking about before you speak. I do believe that Flacco (and most of the other players) make too much money. I also think Aaron Rodgers is the Best (overall) QB in the league.

  92. lemonhead7 says: Mar 21, 2013 3:05 PM

    As a Steelers fan who loves to root against Rogers and Flacco, it’s hard to not appreciate what this guy does for his team. 2 things I know for sure. 1) Aaron Rogers deserves way more money and respect than Flacco. 2) I’d be willing to bet that Rogers handles his contract situation with 100 times more class.

  93. mwatts1 says: Mar 21, 2013 3:07 PM

    @briscocountyjr:

    You must never watch football. Something tells me you couldn’t even tell me what division the Ravens are in. Rodgers need to prove he’s like Flacco? Are you joking!!!!!

    Move on FAIR WEATHER FAN!

  94. mark0327 says: Mar 21, 2013 3:10 PM

    Pay him at what cost? The rest of the team suffers! I am an A rod fan but come on this is getting out of hand! And those who talk so much about QB being the most important position just as flaco. His deal destroyed a whole team and his numbers were mediocre at best. A rods numbers were way better and we go home in the second round! How does that sound?it ain’t about stats it’s about superbowls and that money is needed to fix this defense

  95. bucketman9 says: Mar 21, 2013 3:21 PM

    Don’t get me wrong here, I am not saying any player deserves 23 million a year, but out of all these crazy-high paid quarterbacks Rodgers probably deserves it the most when you consider his character, age, accomplishments, and how he handled the whole Favre saga. Players with that much talent and leadership don’t come around too often, so Green Bay Packer fans should feel lucky and honored to have him! I am very confident he will lead them to at least one more Super Bowl title.

  96. ggametoo says: Mar 21, 2013 3:31 PM

    I don’t know why people who leave comments are generally hating on someone. In any case, Rogers, like Brees, and Flacco have earned their big payday. Particularly Brees who was underpaid his entire career until this last contract. Here’s a question for you guys – the league is earning more money than it ever did. So why is the Cap staying flat? If you want to talk about greed, look no further than the owners.

  97. deltaoracle says: Mar 21, 2013 3:36 PM

    Don’t see the reason to rush. He has two years left on his contract, not one. And they could franchise him after that. A big deal lets him feel all warm and fuzzy – until Luck or whoever gets a bigger deal in a year or two. Bigger priority right now should be a new contract for Matthews. Unless Rodgers is really going to show he’s a team guy and doesn’t care about extra millions by signing a comparitively small deal. Which is unlikely.

  98. dezolationangel says: Mar 21, 2013 3:39 PM

    Anyone who thinks Rodgers will settle for less than being the highest paid player are either stupid or just insanely naive. He deserves every penny he will get. He is, by far, the best QB in the league. And I’m a Cowboys fan saying it. It’s going to force the league to up the cap and if not, then parity becomes even more rampant. If you look at what Brady just extended for you’ll see he didn’t take less to help the team. It’s the way it was structured. I don’t blame any player for taking the most money when it’s offered.

  99. newluddite says: Mar 21, 2013 3:42 PM

    To all of you who think paying Rodgers $20+ million to play football, I just have to say. Ashton Kutcher gets $24million for a season of his crap show. ‘Nuff said!

  100. wmelch says: Mar 21, 2013 3:42 PM

    For youse guys that t’ink dat da Packers have to sell stock to pay for the contract-they have enough dough to pay him 40 mill. They don’t want to have cap issues. They Pack is one of the most profitable teams in the NFL, and don’t have to pay for an owner’s draw.

  101. tsi431 says: Mar 21, 2013 3:47 PM

    Brady is not making $9 million a year. His old base salary was 9.75, but that doesn’t include the signing bonus. What matters is guaranteed money.

    2013 – 13.8 million
    2014 – 14.8
    2015 – 13
    2016 – 14
    2017 – 15 million

    $57 million guaranteed, for a so-so QB whom can no longer cut it in the big game.

  102. nite2al says: Mar 21, 2013 3:48 PM

    Why is Rodgers so much more valuable than Flacco? They both have 1 SB?

    Flacco doesn’t throw 50 times a game like these other guys, so he can’t put up the same type of numbers. A lot of times, Flacco only has one chance to a get a first down after 2 Rice runs. If the Saints, Packers and Pats run the ball on 1st and 2nd down it’s like a minor miracle.

    Who cares what Flacco does in the regular season when he makes the playoffs every year? Then he shines.

    One day, you all well realize how great Flacco really is!

    BTW, Rodgers is the best QB in the game, no doubt.

  103. scoobies05 says: Mar 21, 2013 3:51 PM

    nite2al….great post

  104. ebbycalvinlaloosh says: Mar 21, 2013 3:53 PM

    If Flacco is worth $20M annually, Rodgers is worth $100M.

  105. purpblooded says: Mar 21, 2013 4:08 PM

    Ha Ha……. Give Fathead another $10 mil and eat some more cap space!……. Viking sweep!

  106. baltimoresnativeson says: Mar 21, 2013 4:22 PM

    Rogers regular season stats are sick. But if you compare playoff stats (the more important statistics) Rogers can’t hold Joe Flacco’s Jock strap.

    Don’t you just hate when truth blows up biased opinion?

  107. goldrush36 says: Mar 21, 2013 4:25 PM

    Rodgers is currently the best QB in the league IMO and should be paid as such but all of the other 20M QB’s need to take a $5M shave. These contracts are getting beyond ridiculous and can’t be a good thing for a GM if your QB is Kaepernick, Wilson, Luck, or RG3 with new deals approaching over the next two years. Hopefully these guys understand better than Flacco what this does to a team and all four seem to be pretty level headed in that regard (I know Kaepernick still drives the beat up Dodge his dad got him in college). Rodgers can carry his team which makes it easier to swallow but its still insane.

  108. deltaoracle says: Mar 21, 2013 4:26 PM

    “Ponder-led Vikings weep.”
    Fixed that for you.

  109. dickjagger says: Mar 21, 2013 4:33 PM

    Rodgers definitely deserves big money. The Packers D played great during their SB season and has since, Well…. Not played very good at all. It’s obvious no matter what Flacco does some of you fools will find a way to hate him. Giving credit to the Ravens D? They were 17th last year and if I remember they didn’t put up 30 plus points to win the Super Bowl did they? LOL at all these armchair GM’s with their silly ignorant opinions.

  110. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 21, 2013 4:55 PM

    The Packers are a HOF QB factory. Incredible.

  111. johntonioholmes says: Mar 21, 2013 5:05 PM

    According to my math (which is a admittedly a little rusty), if Flacco gets $20.1 million per year, then Rodgers should get somewhere in the neighborhood of $27 quintillion per year.

  112. baltimoresnativeson says: Mar 21, 2013 5:13 PM

    I’m a Flacco fan but that was funny. Good job.

  113. gtodriver says: Mar 21, 2013 5:38 PM

    ggametoo says:

    “I don’t know why people who leave comments are generally hating on someone. In any case, Rogers, like Brees, and Flacco have earned their big payday. Particularly Brees who was underpaid his entire career until this last contract. Here’s a question for you guys – the league is earning more money than it ever did. So why is the Cap staying flat? If you want to talk about greed, look no further than the owners.”

    To say that somebody in “underpaid” when they are making millions per year while playing a game is ludicrous.

    There isn’t a player in the game today that is worth any where near $20 mil per season.

    All of you folks saying they are, just remember that the next time you complain about the price of a jersey, a game ticket or the price of a beer at the game.

    And the salary cap number is exactly what the NFLPA negotiated for – 55% of the NFL media revenue (TV and Radio). That percentage is set in stone for the 10 year duration of the CBA.

    So unless the media revenue increases significantly, the cap will grow slowly. If the next TV contract goes down in value – the salary cap will also go down.

  114. ampatsisahypocrite says: Mar 21, 2013 5:58 PM

    I’ll bet the Packers just LOVE Joe Flacco and the Ravens! Imagine how much Rodgers can ask for if a mediocre guy like Flacco can get big money!

  115. lambeauandlombardi says: Mar 21, 2013 6:08 PM

    ickky says:Mar 21, 2013 12:41 PM

    The GLBT community is going to be thrilled
    ………………………………………………………………………

    Starting with you?

  116. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 21, 2013 6:16 PM

    I think the Ravens are really lucky to have Flacco. And I think the Packers are really lucky to have Rodgers.

    And I think both franchises should thank the almighty that they’re not stuck with that noodle armed stiff, Ponder.

  117. cameltoehoe says: Mar 21, 2013 7:00 PM

    He’s quite shorter than I thought he would he. I thought you had to be at least 6’2″ to be considered an elite QB on this league. What the hell are Bree’s & Rodgers getting 20 mil for?

  118. ampatsisahypocrite says: Mar 21, 2013 7:35 PM

    Personally, I hope Green Bay breaks the bank for him. It’s depressing to see a guy like Flacco becoming the highest paid player in football.

  119. axespray says: Mar 21, 2013 7:51 PM

    baltimoresnativeson says:
    Mar 21, 2013 4:22 PM
    “Rogers regular season stats are sick. But if you compare playoff stats (the more important statistics) Rogers can’t hold Joe Flacco’s Jock strap.

    Don’t you just hate when truth blows up biased opinion?”
    ————————————————-
    I recall Flacco beating the patriots with only 4 completions …. meanwhile, Rodgers threw 400 some yards – 5 touchdowns against a cardinals team and still lost….

    what does that say?
    It says Flacco had a more loaded team around him – a team that carried him to a superbowl – Rodgers meanwhile has been carrying the Packers – went 15-1 with the 32nd ranked defense…. Flacco stinks.

  120. gtodriver says: Mar 21, 2013 8:10 PM

    axespray says:

    “Rodgers threw 400 some yards – 5 touchdowns against a cardinals team and still lost….

    what does that say?”

    It says that Rodgers threw an INT on the first play of the game that led to a TD and then gave up the turnover on the last play of the game that was returned for the winning TD…

    It’s tough to win when your QB spots your opponent 2 TD’s…

  121. monkeyboymotors says: Mar 21, 2013 8:21 PM

    YES! sign him for 200milion and cripple your team for years. Remember you don’t need defense when you can’t run the ball! Hell ,He’s worth 300 million with the discount double check!

  122. monkeyboymotors says: Mar 21, 2013 8:32 PM

    gtodriver is right the thousands of packer owners are just greedy. trying to line there own pockets, shame on you!

  123. giantssb42champs says: Mar 21, 2013 8:33 PM

    He really is the best.

  124. ampatsisahypocrite says: Mar 21, 2013 11:27 PM

    baltimoresnativeson says:
    Mar 21, 2013 4:22 PM
    Rogers regular season stats are sick. But if you compare playoff stats (the more important statistics) Rogers can’t hold Joe Flacco’s Jock strap.

    Don’t you just hate when truth blows up biased opinion?
    ————————————

    Do I EVER! Especially this line Ravens fans have about Flacco “winning all those playoff games.” Come on — how many of those games has Flacco actually been responsible for winning?

    How about last year, remember the game against the Texans, when Flacco disappeared and the Ravens defense (and Texans third-string QB) bailed him out? Remember after the game when the Ravens players themselves were questioning his ability to get the job done? Sure you do.

    One lucky playoff run and all of a sudden Flacco’s the tops. Gimmee a break. The fact is, Flacco’s team has carried him. Including for almost all of his playoff “wins.”

  125. justintuckrule says: Mar 21, 2013 11:51 PM

    With a great qb, you can skimp on wrs. That’s where you recoup some cap back. Case in point… Eli won two Super Bowls with an entirely different cast of wrs

  126. fan73 says: Mar 22, 2013 1:12 AM

    Rodgers isn’t selfish like Brees and Flacco. He’ll sign for a good team friendly deal.

    ———————————————-

    LOL…..then hes gonna donate it all to charity

  127. fan73 says: Mar 22, 2013 1:34 AM

    It is crazy how one position is taking up such a significant portion of a team’s cap.

    But for guys like Rodgers, it’s absolutely worth it. Look at the Patriots, they have been championship contenders every single year since over a decade ago, all b/c of Brady. The rest are mostly interchangeable parts.

    Same thing with Manning’s teams (although he hasn’t been as successful in the playoffs).

    If there is one guy who can guarantee you a playoff spot and possible championship contention, you absolutely go out and pay everything for him.
    But there’s only 3 or 4 QBs like that in the game today. Flacco is not one of them. Neither is Eli Manning. Those guys are historic playoff performers, but they are not one-man teams. Without those defenses around them, they’d go no-where.
    Meanwhile, GB is making the playoffs with a terrible defense; it shows what Rodgers is worth.
    ——————–

    true…..Rodgers and Brees(too much distractions and no head coach this past year) both get their teams into the playoffs with horrible defenses….Brees deserved the pay, so does Rodgers

  128. fan73 says: Mar 22, 2013 1:44 AM

    Rodgers is, by far, the best QB in the league.

    ————————————-

    one of the best, yes…….by far? lol, C’MON man

  129. fan73 says: Mar 22, 2013 3:45 AM

    If Flacco is worth $20.1 mill per year, Rodgers is worth $50 mill per. Fortunately, Packers will get him for about the same as Flacco, because Rodgers doesn’t seem to care about such trivial pursuits. He just wants to win. I wouldn’t be surprised if he signed for less even.

    Remember during the lockout when Brees said he plays for the love of the game, and essentially said shame on the owners for being so greedy? And that he only feels sorry for the fans that the greedy owners are ruining everything.

    Then, a year later, he turned down numerous offers from the Saints until he was the highest paid player in history? Classy guy, thank God Rodgers is nothing like Brees or Flacco.

    ——————————

    Brees was way underpaid since NO signed him and then turned the team around and won a SB…… he deserved the big money…and he has said recently that hes willing to restructure….the man has given millions to helping NO recover from Katrina, and many other donations… he earned that money and is always giving back to the community, his time and money..

  130. fan73 says: Mar 22, 2013 4:21 AM

    lol, if u think Rodgers is not seeing dollar signs rite now then i have some beach front property to sell you in…….. Rodgers will be the highest paid …how many times we have heard, oh hes a team player and classy guy and not like the others, then you read the headlines about their record setting contract….. its a business and they are just looking out for their families future…doesnt mean they are not ‘classy”….its what they do with that $$$ …Rodgers is a good guy but he will get paid big time

  131. hmisanthropy says: Mar 22, 2013 9:18 AM

    Rodgers is the has the highest passer rating in NFL history… Regular season & Postseason…

  132. The Prophet says: Mar 22, 2013 11:11 AM

    Yep this Rodgers deal, just like Packer fans said about Jennings, its all about the money and the Packers are buying that loyalty just like the Vikings supposedly bought Jennings’ loyalty. Packer fans=hypocrits

  133. The Prophet says: Mar 22, 2013 11:13 AM

    Now that Rodgers has hogged all the money, get ready for no free agents added, and any player that becomes valuable will sign with a new team. here’s to several more years of 7 to 9 win seasons!

  134. taintedsaints2009 says: Mar 22, 2013 3:39 PM

    I didn’t think Rodgers would ask for that kind of money since heavy one player contracts hurt teams…guess I was wrong.

  135. whatjusthapped says: Mar 22, 2013 5:39 PM

    If he does sign for $23 Mil, it effectively raises the bar for almost every other team with the exception of 3, New Orleans because they recently re-signed Brees, Baltimore because they just resigned Flacco, and the Vikings because whatever they pay Ponder is already too much money.

  136. tokyosandblaster says: Mar 22, 2013 8:57 PM

    The Prophet says:
    Mar 22, 2013 11:11 AM
    Yep this Rodgers deal, just like Packer fans said about Jennings, its all about the money and the Packers are buying that loyalty just like the Vikings supposedly bought Jennings’ loyalty. Packer fans=hypocrits

    The prophet= idiotic inbred trash who can’t spell, ergo a Vikings fan.

  137. monkeyboymotors says: Mar 23, 2013 1:26 AM

    mmmm? Who has more playoff wins? Rodgers or Flacco? SuperBowls 1 each, franchise killing contracts? Soon to be both.

  138. mcoomer146 says: Mar 23, 2013 3:09 PM

    Quoting @briscocountyjr “He needs to prove he’s in the same class as Joe first.”

    I think this is one of the most ridiculous statements in the last 20yrs. Flacco cannot even hold Rodger’s jock. Right now Rodgers is the best QB in the league and in 5 years, he will be considered the top 1 or 2 of all time.

  139. polychronopolous says: Mar 25, 2013 9:29 PM

    For those who say that Joe Flacco couldn’t hold Rodgers jockstrap, here is your perspective:

    For the first 4 years in the league he was a backup to Brett Favre, one of the best QBs in NFL history. So he learned a lot from him.

    Joe Flacco didn’t learn from anybody and did better than Rodgers has done by comparison in his 4 years in the NFL. Flacco in the long run will have better numbers and more Superbowls than Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers has the regular season stats because they use more 5 wide receiver sets than anybody. Aaron Rodgers doesn’t have Ray Rice eating away at his stats.

    Joe Flacco is an up and coming QB. He is not as good as Rodgers, even I a Ravens fan admit, but he is close. Second best active QB you can have as behind Tom Brady as far as winning playoff games are concerned, which is what matters anyway. And he is only been playing for 5 years.

  140. ebbycalvinlaloosh says: Mar 26, 2013 7:19 AM

    If given the choice, 32 out of 32 head coaches in the NFL would take Aaron Rodgers over Joe Flacco, and that’s not even a mild exaggeration. If you disagree with that then you simply aren’t knowledgeable regarding professional football. I am not a Packers fan whatsoever, but the difference between the two players is incredibly obvious to the unbiased observer. Aaron Rodgers is a Hall of Fame level talent; Joe Flacco is simply an adequate NFL starter on his best day. Stop embarrassing yourselves, Flacco fans.

  141. nickynick04 says: Mar 26, 2013 8:55 PM

    Brees wants an explaination

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