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Aaron Rodgers excited about his offense, mum about his contract

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Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers expects big numbers this year on the field. Whether he’ll also sign a contract with the biggest numbers in NFL history remains to be seen.

Rodgers said on Tuesday that he believes the Packers will have a phenomenal offense in 2013, and that the Packers’ defense is going to be better as well.

“I think we’re going to be a very formidable offense again and on defense if we can get healthy and get some of the guys back and going, we’re going to be tough to beat,” Rodgers said on 102.9 The Hog, via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Rodgers doesn’t sound particularly concerned about the departures of receivers Greg Jennings and Donald Driver, saying he still believes he has three great receivers and a good tight end in Jermichael Finley.

“If you watched last year, Jordy [Nelson] again had a great season, was injured for a little bit,” he said. “James Jones led the NFL in touchdown receptions and Randall Cobb had 80 catches, so those guys were 1-2-3 options last year because of Greg being injured and Donald didn’t have the same role he had in the past. I feel real confident about those guys. Jermichael had a big season last year, really came on at the end of the year. DuJuan Harris showed a lot in the playoff game as a guy who can get some more carries for us in the coming seasons. I like where our offense is.”

But when Rodgers was asked about the reports that he’s preparing to sign a new contract that would make him the highest-paid player in NFL history, Rodgers declined to get into it.

“We’ll have to see what happens here,” Rodgers said. “I don’t have an answer for you.”

When that answer does come, Rodgers will likely be every bit as excited about his contract as he is about his offense.

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57 Responses to “Aaron Rodgers excited about his offense, mum about his contract”
  1. kja22 says: Apr 3, 2013 10:42 AM

    Am I the only one who thinks this guy is overrated? He won one Super Bowl. So did Trent Dilfer.

  2. therealpittbull says: Apr 3, 2013 10:48 AM

    Rodgers is right for not talking about his contract. For any franchise, this will be a hot button topic. What will happen to other players on the roster, once he breaks the bank? Teams better hope the cap goes up soon, or there will be a huge disparity for a while, between the haves (Quarterbacks) and have nots (remainder of the team).

  3. justafanofitall says: Apr 3, 2013 10:50 AM

    Rodgers has always said…”it is not about the money”….Right!!!!

  4. qbofthenever says: Apr 3, 2013 10:50 AM

    The real question is: how excited is he about his “big announcement”?

  5. jjthesportsguy says: Apr 3, 2013 10:53 AM

    Rodgers is a class act. The Packers are extremely lucky to have a guy like this follow the whole Favre debacle.

  6. gnarlswoodson says: Apr 3, 2013 11:01 AM

    Bring on the Aaron Rodgers hate.

  7. packfaninchitown says: Apr 3, 2013 11:06 AM

    Ted does his job and gets tackles that can actually block, (compared to Newhouse in the regular season who had an open-door policy in regard to his QB) and Aaron could indeed find his rhythm again. That could restore the Pack to the juggernaut offense of the 2010 playoffs/2011 season.

    That happens and the Pack could be another dynasty like their 60’s counterparts.

  8. philtration says: Apr 3, 2013 11:13 AM

    I guess that is better than being excited about his mum…

  9. srackis says: Apr 3, 2013 11:15 AM

    Len Dawson, Joe Namath, Johnny Unitas, Roger Staubach and Steve Young are Hall of Fame Quarterbacks with only 1 Super Bowl win. Brett Favre, Payton Manning will be in the Hall of Fame and they only had 1 win. Dan Marino is in the Hall of Fame with 1 Super Bowl appearance! I’m not saying Rodgers is a “for sure” Hall of Fame QB, but taking age and ability as factors, there is no QB I’d take over Rodgers!

  10. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Apr 3, 2013 11:22 AM

    Enjoy that offense while you can because that gigantic contract is going to make it impossible to keep this team together.

  11. chi01town says: Apr 3, 2013 11:26 AM

    Excited about his offense.. what offense? Now lets see.. NO running game to speak of. NO #1 WR a few roll players but they all get hurt too much. and Finley who hates Rodgers guts and he will say that to the first camera he see. not to mention the O-line is worse than Chicago’s was last year. What have the packers done to better that offense? Driver is gone.. Jennings is gone. and the free agent market is just a show in greenbay because that idiot dont pick up players.

  12. rhamrhoddy says: Apr 3, 2013 11:28 AM

    You can’t really blame him if he goes home after signing his contract and does nothing BUT think about the money for a little while at least. It pretty much makes him human. Think about it:

    Imagine a pile of money on your table that totals $100k.

    Now imagine another 500 piles just like that.

    Wheeeeeee!

  13. 4superbowls says: Apr 3, 2013 11:30 AM

    I guess we’ll see what’s more important, $$$ or team. If he signs the biggest contract in NFL history, that doesn’t leave much cap room to keep/sign the kind of players necessary to make a Super Bowl run…

  14. gosfvr says: Apr 3, 2013 11:34 AM

    Much as I am against typing up 20% (or more?) of the salary cap into 1 player, Aaron Rodgers is what makes the Pack go.
    Replace him with, say, Matt Ryan (not a bad QB by any means) and they are at best an 8-8 team.

  15. purpleguy says: Apr 3, 2013 11:36 AM

    The Packers are an organization that just can’t hold on to their players, losing Jennings, Woodson, and that LB that signed with the Colts who is so average I can’t remember his name. If you think this statement is stupid as heck, then read the similar comments by Pack fans about the Vikings and Winfield in the article below.

  16. jdubfla says: Apr 3, 2013 11:37 AM

    Please do not count Johnny Unitas in the only one super bowl category
    There was not a super bowl the vast majority of his career

  17. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 3, 2013 11:41 AM

    Green Bay is a HOF QB factory.

  18. 15to12 says: Apr 3, 2013 11:54 AM

    It always amazes me when people who have never played sports and only understand football through the pathetic prism of fantasy (world of Warcraft) football can claim Rodgers is overrated.

    He is better than the last starter and that ones a hall of fame lock you fools.

  19. PowerMad says: Apr 3, 2013 12:04 PM

    It’s pretty obvious AR is plotting his exit from Green Bay. Besides being a crappy a place to live with exorbitantly high taxes, Green Bay, Wis., also has a pro football franchise that is obviously in decline–and the downward trend will continue for at least the next three seasons while TT and Co. rebuild. By then, AR will be well staring at the backside of his career. So he’s playing it smart by playing coy on the contract. He can either milk the team in the smallest market in pro sports for as much as he can or he can use the lack of a serious offer to move on and not incur the wrath of a fan base that’s completely untethered from reality. It’s great strategy, and one that will probably land AR in a much larger market with a competitor.

  20. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Apr 3, 2013 12:06 PM

    Sorry, we’re not more like the vikings where as soon as a player demonstrates any potential, he bolts for another team. Easy to work within the cap that way. Even allows you the luxury to pay scrubs like Benard Berrian and John Carlson millions and millions of dollars.

  21. greengaypaqueers says: Apr 3, 2013 12:48 PM

    Since he’s the only offense that they have, does that mean that he’s excited about himself?

  22. jimmysee says: Apr 3, 2013 12:58 PM

    chi01town says:Apr 3, 2013 11:26 AM

    Excited about his offense.. what offense? Now lets see.. NO running game to speak of. NO #1 WR a few roll players but they all get hurt too much. and Finley who hates Rodgers guts and he will say that to the first camera he see. not to mention the O-line is worse than Chicago’s was last year. What have the packers done to better that offense? Driver is gone.. Jennings is gone. and the free agent market is just a show in greenbay because that idiot dont pick up players.

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    chi01town — please — referesh my memory on this — how many times, exactly, have the Bears beaten the Packers in the last, say, three years?

  23. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Apr 3, 2013 12:59 PM

    @kja22

    Yes. You are the only one who thinks he’s overrated.

  24. steelers4385 says: Apr 3, 2013 1:00 PM

    So stupid.

  25. rudedog36 says: Apr 3, 2013 1:00 PM

    chi01town says:Apr 3, 2013 11:26 AM

    Excited about his offense.. what offense? Now lets see.. NO running game to speak of. NO #1 WR a few roll players but they all get hurt too much. and Finley who hates Rodgers guts and he will say that to the first camera he see. not to mention the O-line is worse than Chicago’s was last year. What have the packers done to better that offense? Driver is gone.. Jennings is gone. and the free agent market is just a show in greenbay because that idiot dont pick up players.
    …………………………………………………………………..
    How do you talk with all that crap in your mouth? The packers dont pick up players, because they draft really well. Unlike …uhem…”chitown”. Then they use the money they didnt spend, to sign the good players they DRAFTED! DUH

  26. twonis says: Apr 3, 2013 1:10 PM

    Seriously with the “No #1 receiver” talk already!

    James Jones lead the NFL in TD receptions.
    Randall Cobb is unquestionably poised to be one of the breakout stars of the NFL a’la Victor Cruz, Percy Harvin. He’s Wes Welker with more weapons and way less tread on the tires.
    Jordy Nelson is absolutely a Pro Bowl caliber WR and an immense deep threat.
    Jermichael Finley, for all the peeing and moaning that most Pack fans (myself included) do about him is effectively a WR and can be a stellar one at that. (Until it’s time to franchise him. Then he’s a TE and only worth TE money)

    Also, “AR is using the lack of a serious offer to move on”???? Aaron Rodgers is the quarterback for one of, if not THE, most storied franchise in the NFL. (It is the ‘Lombardi’ trophy after all) The people of Wisconsin tattoo his number on their bodies and name their sons (and some of their daughters) after him. I believe Legacy is important to him and nothing will tarnish that faster than chasing money elsewhere. (See: Brent Fahvrey…that was his name right?)

  27. onlyopinionthatmatters says: Apr 3, 2013 1:11 PM

    im surprised he didnt take advantage of this opportunity to whine about his contract, big baby. yeah they have a decent offense, but when this “high powered offense” gets shut down in the playoffs year after year, how good can they be. they won a super bowl the same reason the past couple of teams have, they got hot at the right time and played lights out. packers, giants, saints, ravens, all of these guys got good when it mattered, and they sure werent the best team in the league. rodgers, quit talking and just play…throwing a lot of td’s and yds shouldnt make you the highest paid, cry baby.

  28. fi1thymcnasty1 says: Apr 3, 2013 1:14 PM

    Rodgers will be a first ballot HOF’er. He’ll have the numbers, a Super Bowl win (with more to follow) and the chiseled good looks.

  29. woodg8 says: Apr 3, 2013 1:16 PM

    Can someone remind me of the stats of the QB who played last time Rodgers was injured?

    So overrated it’s untrue. A product of a ridiculously good system. You could stick Alex Smith in that system and he would look like a HOF

  30. dino2997 says: Apr 3, 2013 1:19 PM

    As a fan of a rival team in the division I will be ecstatic when the Packers reward Rodgers with a huge contract. The team is completely reliant in the passing game and obviously Rodgers is the key cog but it’s a recipe for never winning the super bowl again.

  31. crownofthehelmet says: Apr 3, 2013 1:43 PM

    Unfortunately, as long as there are those other 2 pesky phases of football, you won’t make it past Rd 2 of the playoffs.

    But look who I’m telling….

  32. gbmickey says: Apr 3, 2013 1:44 PM

    Chitown was is a roll player? Is that someone who gets the doughnuts? Picture the Geico commercial.

    Also keep in mind we will have our two first round draft picks back at the tackle positions. That being said Rodgers still led the league with our poor line play. How did quitler perform with all his weapons? Couldnt get it done as usual again after you claimed he would be the best in the division. I cant wait to see what he will fleece the Bears out of like Peppers is doing this year.

  33. keyspirate says: Apr 3, 2013 1:46 PM

    It’s only a matter of time until he becomes a VIKING.

  34. judsonjr says: Apr 3, 2013 1:57 PM

    Packers will probably draft at least one WR in the first 3 rounds. A couple reasons:

    – They probably won’t be able to keep all of the following: Jones, Cobb, Nelson

    – By adding depth at WR, they limit the amount of stats any one guy racks up. This keeps their payday down. They won’t have the one guy racking up 90 catches and 1500 yards because the #4 guy gets 30-40 catches for 500-600 yards.

  35. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Apr 3, 2013 1:59 PM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:Apr 3, 2013 11:22 AM

    Enjoy that offense while you can because that gigantic contract is going to make it impossible to keep this team together.
    ——

    Your guys just gave AD a $100M contract 2-3 years ago. What are the Packers supposed to do? Tell Aaron to walk away? Mr. Ted Thompson will see to it that Aaron gets his contract and will then work his magic to make sure we still have the pieces in place to regularly make Super Bowl runs for the next 3-5 years. While your team keeps telling Ponder how good he is….

  36. philtration says: Apr 3, 2013 2:07 PM

    filthymcnasty1 says:
    Apr 3, 2013 11:41 AM
    Green Bay is a HOF QB factory.
    ===================================

    I would have guessed “Mobil Home” factory first.

  37. gpack22 says: Apr 3, 2013 2:28 PM

    I love reading completely idiotic posts from Bears/Vikings fans. Fact of the matter is we have a legit elite QB and you have nothing even close. Keep working for #2 in the division you clowns!

  38. robadawb says: Apr 3, 2013 2:37 PM

    kja22 says: Apr 3, 2013 10:42 AM

    Am I the only one who thinks this guy is overrated? He won one Super Bowl. So did Trent Dilfer.

    ——

    Peyton Manning has only won one Superbowl. I guess he must be overrated too.

  39. planner25 says: Apr 3, 2013 2:39 PM

    kja22 (first response), that guy is a genius. Ooops, I mean just kidding. Rodgers vs. Dilfer = Montana vs. Rice Cakes

  40. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 3, 2013 2:59 PM

    I think Bear and Viking fans are petrified that he’ll keep beating their teams twice per year like he has for each of the past 3 seasons.

    They’re afraid of him.

  41. emoney826 says: Apr 3, 2013 3:09 PM

    Bears and Viking fans call Packer fans trolls and annoying, yet they jump on any opportunity they can to act just as stupid. Gotta love hypocrites.

  42. leatherface2012 says: Apr 3, 2013 3:12 PM

    formidable? what if gets adrian peterson’d week 2 and 15 starters go down by week 5?

  43. Grulks says: Apr 3, 2013 3:15 PM

    srackis said:
    Apr 3, 2013 11:15 AM
    Len Dawson, Joe Namath, Johnny Unitas, Roger Staubach and Steve Young are Hall of Fame Quarterbacks with only 1 Super Bowl win. Brett Favre, Payton Manning will be in the Hall of Fame and they only had 1 win. Dan Marino is in the Hall of Fame with 1 Super Bowl appearance! I’m not saying Rodgers is a “for sure” Hall of Fame QB, but taking age and ability as factors, there is no QB I’d take over Rodgers!
    =========
    Staubach has two SB wins, he started in both SB’s. Steve Young technically has three rings, though he started only one. Still, your point is a good one, even if your supporting facts arent accurate.

  44. bigwii says: Apr 3, 2013 3:18 PM

    He’s good but if you think they’ll be a dynasty with that defense and that offensive line your crazy. They’re not even the best team in the NFC right now maybe even their division. They have a long way to go to beat SF, Seattle, and even if they beat them NE and Denver both have great offenses but they have O-lines and better defenses. Dynasty talk just shows how oblivious Packer fans are maybe their heads are literally made of cheese after all.

  45. bucheadlouden says: Apr 3, 2013 3:19 PM

    srackis : agree, Rodgers is the real deal and i hope he won´t be asking for too much, so that the packers wont have cap issues…

  46. bigwii says: Apr 3, 2013 3:29 PM

    Sometimes packer I think packer fans really do live in their own world. They are oblivious to what makes sense. You wanna call other fan bases hypocrites how about looking in the mirror. Packer fans cry about everything and Rogers is good but dynasty?

    You also say “bring in the haters” they did win a Super Bowl but no one cares about them there just there. i bet before they won sine people didnt know they existed. They don’t do anything but complain and say there classy but we all no is a lie.

  47. larryboodry says: Apr 3, 2013 3:51 PM

    emoney826 says: Apr 3, 2013 3:09 PM

    “Bears and Viking fans call Packer fans trolls and annoying, yet they jump on any opportunity they can to act just as stupid. Gotta love hypocrites.”

    Not all of us do that…Every team (including mine) has at least one fan who acts like filthymcnasty1, flavordave, or logicalvoice, but for me to say all fans of GB,Philly, or Washington act this way would be absurd.

  48. 49erlifer says: Apr 3, 2013 3:55 PM

    Say what you want to say Aaron’s been tearin’ it up since the Cal Bears day! Dudes worth the money pay him! Just wish my niners would of took him in 2005.

  49. larryboodry says: Apr 3, 2013 4:05 PM

    As a Bears fan, I can say with 100% certainty that Aaron Rodgers is NOT overrated, nor is GB in decline…Even with their issues at RB, o-line, and on defense, the Packers are still the big dog in the division until someone else proves otherwise.

    That said, with the improvements Chicago and Detroit have made this off-season, and with MN riding AP hard again, I can see 2013 being the year that levels the playing field a bit.

  50. deltaoracle says: Apr 3, 2013 4:13 PM

    Woodg8, I believe the last guy who played when Rodgers was injured tripped while trying to hand the ball off and caused a fumble.
    But if you were talking about Flynn, he was unable to beat out Rodgers or Wilson for a starting job, but that scarcely means he’s a bad QB. I expect him to help the Raiders start back on the road to success. He’s tough and a winner.

  51. wafflestomp says: Apr 3, 2013 4:46 PM

    bigwii says:Apr 3, 2013 3:29 PM

    Sometimes packer I think packer fans really do live in their own world. They are oblivious to what makes sense. You wanna call other fan bases hypocrites how about looking in the mirror. Packer fans cry about everything and Rogers is good but dynasty?

    You also say “bring in the haters” they did win a Super Bowl but no one cares about them there just there. i bet before they won sine people didnt know they existed. They don’t do anything but complain and say there classy but we all no is a lie.
    ————————————————————————-

    ?

  52. shinedown37 says: Apr 3, 2013 8:02 PM

    Rodgers isn’t as durable as Favre was. All it will take is a bone crunching hit to end his season. Then we will see how far the packers go. However, til then the packers are the team to beat. Until someone takes out #12 .

  53. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 3, 2013 8:57 PM

    larryboodry says: Apr 3, 2013 4:05 PM

    “That said, with the improvements Chicago and Detroit have made this off-season, and with MN riding AP hard again, I can see 2013 being the year that levels the playing field a bit.”

    The glass is always half full with you Bear fans.

    Till game day.

  54. chi01town says: Apr 5, 2013 11:41 AM

    I cant wait for this season because the schedule will show everybody just how good greenbay really is. REMEMBER what driver said about Chicago’s WR’s? the tables have turned. Greenbay has NO #1 WR and no running game. and No O-line. Rodgers will get rich and then get hurt

  55. puckster55pics says: Apr 5, 2013 11:17 PM

    Name One player Ted Thompson has payed 50 million for? 80 million for? Answer Zero & he won’t be paying Rodgers Flacco kind of money nor Romo kind of money as it is NOT the Packer way of doing things. Heck he let a good receiver like Crabtree go cause he wouldn’t up him to a even One million from his $600,000 offer & Any of you actually Believe he’ll pay Rodgers 100 mil or More-No way! He’ll be offered what the team can afford & if he Really Loves the Packers he’ll gladly sign & if not he’ll be free to go & Ted will draft a QB in this coming draft to replace Rodgers when he leaves for free agency-it is the Packers way & then when he comes to Mn you can hate his guts as equally as Brett’s! On a good note Favre & Rodgers will finally be able to mend that strained relationship 7 share in the Twisted Hate that Comes from being a Former Packers Great!

  56. smartestpackerfan says: Apr 13, 2013 12:32 PM

    He deserves to be the most paid player ever! I mean he had one good postseason and has choked since.

  57. larryboodry says: Apr 14, 2013 10:28 PM

    filthymcnasty1 says:

    “The glass is always half full with you Bear fans.”

    One-and-done after a 15-1 regular season…How full was your glass then, or last year after SF schooled you?
    In the end you were home watching the SB just like us…And the NFC North (not to mention SF and Seattle) will be tougher and more balanced this year, so maybe you should spend more time worrying about your own team, ‘stead of constantly feeling the need to make dumb comments about others.

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