Aaron Rodgers finally starts jostling for new contract

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Here’s an example of some of the crap that Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers may want you to waste your time reading. And by “you” I mean Packers G.M. Ted Thompson.

Rodgers has, for the first time since signing a new deal four years ago, acknowledged that it’s time for a new contract.

He made the comments on the radio with Jason Wilde and Mark Tauscher of ESPN Wisconsin. The most relevant sound bite emerged regarding the news that quarterback Mike Glennon could soon cash in during free agency.

Asked whether that should result in contract talks for Rodgers, he said, “I think it has to.”

Contract talks for Rodgers already are long overdue. Last July, after Colts quarterback Andrew Luck became the highest-paid player in league history, I made the case for Rodgers getting a new deal. After Rodgers led the Packers from 4-6 to the NFC title game, I made the argument once again that Rodgers should be getting more than $25 million per year.

Actually, he should be getting $30 million per year, based on the increases in the cap since the last time he signed a new contract. Since 2013, the cap has rocketed from $123 million to $167 million.

The problem for Rodgers is that he already has signed a contract that runs through 2019. He’ll make $13.65 million this year, $20.9 million next year, and $21.1 million in 2019. If the team chooses to take a hard line, he’ll have to ask himself whether he’s willing to withhold services during the voluntary portions of the offseason program and/or during mandatory minicamp and training camp in order to get what he wants.

The Packers hopefully are smart enough to realize that, given the spike in the cap, Rodgers is worth far more than he’s getting. Still, the biggest lesson flowing from Rodgers’ current predicament is that the league’s best players need to start insisting on compensation tied to a percentage of the cap. Franchise tags currently are calculated on that basis. Why shouldn’t the total salary of a given player (especially a great player like Rodgers) be tied to how much money the team has available to spend?

Others have tried, beginning with Darrelle Revis in 2010. No one has agreed to do it, yet. The refusal possibly flows from the mandates of the Management Council to the various team. (That would be impermissible collusion, but good luck proving it.)

Regardless, Rodgers deserves more than he’s getting. Especially if Glennon (who is represented by the same firm that represents Rodgers) ends up getting $15 million or something close to it in the coming days.

107 responses to “Aaron Rodgers finally starts jostling for new contract

  1. Rodgers should play under the contract he signed. I don’t understand the issue here. I haven’t heard Julian Edelman complain once about making an average of $4.5 million as one of the most important and best receivers in the NFL. Edelman has a bigger gripe than Rodgers, but lives up to his contract. Those things are legal, you know.

  2. Besides losing in the playoffs every year, he is worth every penny.

    My fantasy team loves him. Pay that man his money.

    Just get rid of that Clay Matthews guy.

  3. Rodgers is worth $25m, and everybody knows it.

    Paying him that much, despite the increased salary cap, doesn’t help the team of course, so I hope they pay him more to struggle with a lackluster supporting cast, as has been the case for years.

  4. I completely disagree. Let’s analyze what Rodgers has done, and what he means to the team. 1 SB win, on a team that went 9-7 in the regular season. And that was 7 years ago. His MO now is to tank 4-6 games during the season. He doesn’t orchestrate comebacks.

    Now if any of you disagree with that. How about this? The Packers have a long waiting list for season tickets. Every game is sold out. What’s the economic incentive to open up his contract and pay him more? And at what cost? At the cost of defensive backs and other players. That’s why that TEAM has 1 SB win since 1995.

  5. Why pay Aaron that much? Most Packers fans think Hundley is going to be the 3rd hof qb in a row. Save rhe cap space and run Rodgers out like you did Favre.

    Rodgers is a dolt. He wants 30 million a year, but then he also says he needs help. Kinda tough to pay others when you want huge dollars.

    His contract demands is why they lose 3 good ol in 2 years. We gotta find money for the diva, or he will sulk and pout.
    Tell him to pond sand, hes under contract for 3 more seasons, by tjen he will be 36 and done anyway.

  6. Pay the man. But after they do, I don’t want to hear a single peep out of him — ever — when he starts thinking the team hasn’t surrounded him with the weapons, talent or depth he thinks are necessary to win a title.

  7. He’s great, no doubt, but can you imagine having the problem of being paid only $20 million per year compared to $30 million?

  8. Gee, maybe we should set up a CrowdFunding internet page/campaign for poor Aaron Rodgers on tap to only earn roughly $56 million in salary over the next three seasons.
    [/sarcasm]

  9. The logic here doesn’t make sense. When he signed his contract in 2013, yes, the cap was lower. But so what? It was expected to rise and it did. That was taken into account in the overall contract he agreed to.

    All information was taken into account in the deal he SIGNED. If he thought it wasn’t good enough, then don’t sign it.

    Now that it’s gone up (which it was expected to), he needs more money?

    If it had gone down or stayed the same would he have given a refund? (No, doesn’t work that way).

    And spare me the “contracts are one sided because teams can cut a player”, they’re standard contracts that the NFLPA agreed to. They protect a team and because of that players earn higher pay than if a good chunk of the cap was going to cut players. Players know how contracts work, that’s why “guaranteed money” is so important.

    Contracts would look totally different if they were fully guaranteed, they’d be shorter for example, and probably cheaper, more incentives.

  10. Man I sure wish he had been drafted by the Vikings. Without a doubt he is the best QB I have seen play since going to games in 1975.just pay him packers.

  11. How greedy are these players getting. He’s already getting paid a ton. Probably has 100 mill in the bank yet still wants more.

  12. so once enough players sign for a % of the cap roger goodell will stop raising it so much.

  13. He can’t beat Dan Quinn’s defense since Seattle days. Given they are in the same conference, the chances of Rodgers winning another SB are small.

  14. conormacleod says:
    That’s why that TEAM has 1 SB win since 1995.

    The Packers didn’t win a title in 1995. They have, however, won TWO since then (1997, 2011).

  15. magnusthe1st says:

    Pay the man!
    ===========================

    He is getting paid already. Very handsomely paid.

  16. Time to pay up for all those SB’s… wait. Being the leader all his teammates who love him… wait. For being the beautiful face of the franchise… wait. For being the beneficiary of so many phantom ref calls for face masks and PI while ignoring all holding calls and offensive PI.

  17. thun5der says:
    Mar 8, 2017 12:20 PM
    Brady is clearly the best player in the league

    only if you care about, you know, winning

    And I will add it’s ridiculous to think other teams should over pay because the Colts did. It was very silly of them to make Luck the highest paid player. Thats on them, other teams dont have to follow suit

    ridiculous

  18. Why are people so insistent that players “get paid” knowing full well that it hurts their teams? Players are going to keep thinking money is the only form of respect as long as people keep demanding to be paid the highest in the league.

    Meanwhile, how many of those highest paid players in their respective categories have won a championship AFTER signing their mega-deal? I can’t think of one guy who won a ring after setting a salary record.

  19. Or instead of insisting on generating a cap number that cripples his team, taking cues from the Ravens, Colts, and Steelers on how their teams have preformed since handing the QB an obscene amount of the salary cap. Packers will be much better off if Rodgers keeps his current deal, and allows the team to keep more talent around him (which is desperately needed)

  20. And this is why people have been paying less time to sports every year. The average person doesn’t know most NFL players last 3 years and are not multimillionaires. They just see higher ticket prices, higher concession prices, celebrities in box suites and players already getting paid tens of millions wanting even more. Sports feel like some corporate stage event for the affluent instead of the average person.

  21. breadmeatcheese says:
    so once enough players sign for a % of the cap roger goodell will stop raising it so much.
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    Roger Goodell has nothing to do with raising or lowering the cap. The cap is a set, cumulative percentage of league revenues that must be used for player salaries, as agreed upon in the CBA between the league and the NFLPA.

  22. He might as well get paid because his gm doesn’t get how to put the final pieces in place to make a sb run anyway. If he walks, Thompson will start the process all over again and draft a qb. Free agency is like a crazy idea to him. Draft, draft and draft some more, wait three years and hope it all works out. Good drafting does work, but you have to sign free agents too to fill in gaps.

  23. @ conormacleod says:
    Mar 8, 2017 12:16 PM

    Now if any of you disagree with that. How about this? The Packers have a long waiting list for season tickets. Every game is sold out. What’s the economic incentive to open up his contract and pay him more? And at what cost? At the cost of defensive backs and other players. That’s why that TEAM has 1 SB win since 1995.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    No Rodgers = no waiting list and season ticketholders trying to sell.

  24. billtetley53 says:
    Mar 8, 2017 12:21 PM

    His contract demands is why they lose 3 good ol in 2 years. We gotta find money for the diva, or he will sulk and pout.
    ____________________

    And what ‘demands’ would those be? I am not convinced he has been the best QB in each year of his current deal but he has definitely been among them and so far his contract has carried cap hits of $11.6m, $17.5m, $18.2m, $19.2m and this year breaks $20m for the first time. His percentage of the overall team cap space used actually dropped every year since the 2nd year of the deal. I’m not saying his deal should be redone but how exactly has it limited the team’s ability to spend elsewhere when in each year he has actually cost a lower percentage of what’s been available? Rodgers’ existing compensation isn’t an impediment to GB’s success. There are at least 28 teams, if not more, out there that would be happy to meet his ‘demands.’

  25. He’s just not worth $30M/yr – his current salary for this year and through 2019 is almost exactly the same as Brady, but he lacks Brady’s consistency. If you “pay da man” you’ll end up like the Saints who have been overall a little under .500 since Brees took it all to the bank in 2012. If Aaron wants a 2nd ring, taking $30M out of the team kitty isn’t gonna buy him one.

  26. He’s in his mid 30’s with 3 years left on his contract. You play it out until his final year. then he’ll be older, slower and not as good. You evaluate him then. That’s how you conduct business. A.p is old and slowing down and nobody wants to pay him what he was once worth. Same goes with rodgers. By the end of his contract he’ll be old and slowing down bigtime and won’t be worth what he once was. That’s why Rodgers wants a new contract. That’s slimy business. Be a man and play out your contract. What’s the point of signing a “contract” if no one abides by them. Slimy lawyers are turning players into snakes. They lost their integrity , respect for others and their word means nothing to them. This generation is an embarrassment.

  27. If your work colleague, who can’t come close to your results, got a nice raise, you’d suddenly be underpaid. And you would know it. This is the way the world works kids.

    (Or you could always just send inane tweets, ending with #bad, #sad to show your intelligence.)

  28. The more he gets, the less the other guys on the team get. Simple as that.

    Idk why everyone tries to make it sound like teams are cheap when they don’t want to pay a guy his “value”. The money has to go to some player or players regardless. There is a salary floor as well as a cap.

    So – go for it, Aaron!

    _Not a Packers fan

  29. If ted refuses to upgrade the defense aaron should just tell thompson to trade him or let teddy know dont bother resigning me won’t happen and if ted frnachises him sit out

  30. jonwill57 says:
    No Rodgers = no waiting list and season ticketholders trying to sell.
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    The Packers’ waiting list for season tickets is decades old, since long before anyone ever heard of Aaron Rodgers.

  31. According to spotrac, both the prorated signing bonus and Rodgers’ dead cap money value drop all the way to $0 for the 2018 season. In addition, the final amount of his guaranteed money was paid last season.

    In other words, the 2017 season is actually a contract year for Rodgers.

    Sleep well, Packers fans.

  32. Adults get to make decisions, such as buying houses and investing.
    They also have to live with the consequences of their decisions.

    Is he underpaid by NFL standards? Yes.

    Was he forced to sign the contract? No.
    He made a decision that turns out to not earn him the most money possible.

    So he earns $200,000,000 during his career instead of $250,000,000, not that big a deal.

    I have far more sympathy for a stud RB drafted in the 3rd round making $600K, who by the time his rookie contract is up, has just 2-3 years to earn big money.

  33. There are currently 7 active QBs in the NFL that have won a Super Bowl, Rodgers being one of them. Pay him.

  34. gmen05 says:
    Mar 8, 2017 12:22 PM
    He’s great, no doubt, but can you imagine having the problem of being paid only $20 million per year compared to $30 million?

    —————————

    Let me put it into terms you’ll understand. Would you rather make $40k or $50k? Especially if you’re outperforming others in the same position as you but are getting paid the same.

  35. Those that cry about players playing out their contract need to remember that teams can cut players at any time and MOST of the money is not guaranteed. So why give the teams a break?

  36. 1) He shouldn’t have signed such a long deal if he was going to want to re-do it before it was up.

    2) The Packers are already a below .500 football team without Aaron Rodgers. Does he really want to take up more of their cap space and further diminish the talent on defense? He’s a QB, so when history judges him, he’s rated purely on Super Bowls wins. Is he OK with not even going down as the best QB in Green Bay’s history, even if he’s hands down better than the others were?

  37. He hasn’t done anything since 2010, when he had a top five defense. Why tie yourself to him for the next five or seven years?

  38. quickbooks12 says:
    Mar 8, 2017 1:18 PM
    Those that cry about players playing out their contract need to remember that teams can cut players at any time and MOST of the money is not guaranteed. So why give the teams a break?
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    Rodgers isn’t giving the team a break. He’s not a free agent. He signed for as much as he possibly could. And now he should live with that contract.

  39. Passive aggressive shots by Aaron Rodger towards the Packers publicly taken through the press. Now that is the Aaron Rodgers everybody knows. Were there shots at his mom taken later in the article too?

  40. Those that cry about players playing out their contract need to remember that teams can cut players at any time and MOST of the money is not guaranteed. So why give the teams a break?

    —–
    He’s not giving them a break by living up to a contract he signed. He knew they had the right to cut him at any point. That’s why he insisted on huge guaranteed money. And got it. Now he must fulfill his contract.

    And as for the “when you outplay your colleague, you’d demand a raise if he got one!”. If you signed a multi-year contract, you wouldn’t have a leg to stand on.

  41. RELAX! Aaron just wants to play football! He is a guy that wants the Packers to pick up great players with the extra cap money. It takes more then a few great players to make it to the Super Bowl!

  42. If ted refuses to upgrade the defense aaron should just tell thompson to trade him or let teddy know dont bother resigning me won’t happen and if ted frnachises him sit out

    —————–
    That sounds like BF 2.0

  43. He hasn’t done anything since 2010, when he had a top five defense. Why tie yourself to him for the next five or seven years?
    ——-
    Boy these are some dumb comments today. Guess all the smart people are actually working.

    Love seeing MN fans tell us how Rodger’s has done nothing, is over rated, and hasn’t won enough superbowls. So oblivious.

  44. So he’s going to be making roughly $55 million over the next three years? I mean you are absolutely right, it is going to be tough to keep the lights on with that low salary. He might actually have to go on strike to demand double that so we can also keep his water running. It’s really sad the poverty these athletes go through

  45. gmen05 says:
    Mar 8, 2017 12:22 PM

    He’s great, no doubt, but can you imagine having the problem of being paid only $20 million per year compared to $30 million?
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    No; no I cannot. I would like to try at some point.

  46. When a man signs a contract he sticks to it.

    I guess he is not a man.

    But we all knew that.

  47. There is a QB in my division who has routinely taken less money so the team can build around him. They win championships. Some people, including me, think he is the GOAT at QB.

  48. That’s why that TEAM has 1 SB win since 1995.

    ———————-
    Do you actually watch pro football? The Pack won the 1997 SB and the 2011 SB. Those would be after the 1996 and 2010 seasons. Both after 1995.

    2 more than about 28 other teams in the league.

  49. It wouldn’t be a story about Rodgers without people using girl names as if they were insults. Go back to the 1950s.

  50. The only QB in the league that literally accounts for at least 5-7 wins by himself. This team would be a 4 win team with any other QB. No other QB could take his team to the playoffs and NFC championship game with a 5’10” WR playing RB and a terrible defense.

  51. “He’ll make $13.65 million this year”

    And Glennon is going to make 15, and Osweiler is going to make 17 and Cousins is going to make 24.

  52. Likely AR was taking a shot at the media like he so routinely does. Asked after some career back up gets a contract if he should and he shoots out that single line. Obvious sarcasm. We all want more but he won’t take more at the likely hood of hurting his team be relevant.

  53. Best QB in the NFL, never causes trouble, and injuries rarely slow him down. The Pack can’t possibly pay him enough.

  54. It’s never been more evident how badly the Viking trolls wish Rodgers was their “problem.”

    Just like the Golden Calf Peterson, they would get on the ground and bow towards his hometown of Chino, CA if Rodgers played for the Vikings.

    They know it too.

  55. “Still, the biggest lesson flowing from Rodgers’ current predicament is that the league’s best players need to start insisting on compensation tied to a percentage of the cap.” No, that’s never been the lesson. The lesson – if there even is one – is that the league’s best players with the most fragile egos need to insist on only signing one-year contracts. That way they can always try to be the highest paid. Nobody’s ever explained how that wouldn’t fix this “problem”.

  56. bleedingfacemask says:
    Mar 8, 2017 1:08 PM
    According to spotrac, both the prorated signing bonus and Rodgers’ dead cap money value drop all the way to $0 for the 2018 season. In addition, the final amount of his guaranteed money was paid last season.

    In other words, the 2017 season is actually a contract year for Rodgers.

    Sleep well, Packers fans.
    _____________________

    All of that means the opposite of what you think it does. And knowing that, Packers fans should sleep very well.

  57. “Still, the biggest lesson flowing from Rodgers’ current predicament is that the league’s best players need to start insisting on compensation tied to a percentage of the cap. Franchise tags currently are calculated on that basis.”

    That is not how the franchise tag is calculated at all. The tag amount is a for no less than the average of the top five salaries at the player’s position – which has nothing do to with a percentage of the salary cap.

  58. Rodgers is unhappy with his current contract and is demanding a new one.

    The Green Bay Blues finally got to Letroy Guion and he go suspended again.

    You still have Buffet Buster McCarthy and Chicken Wing King Lacy on the squad.

    The wheels are slowly falling off and it isnt even April.

  59. contra74 says:
    Mar 8, 2017 4:15 PM
    The wheels are slowly falling off and it isn’t even April.
    ///////////////////////////////////////////

    (yawn)

    This is what every Viking fan has said at this time of year, every year, after year, for the last thirty years.

  60. cribbage12 says:

    If your work colleague, who can’t come close to your results, got a nice raise, you’d suddenly be underpaid. And you would know it. This is the way the world works kids.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    cribbage

    Aaron’s “work colleagues” (fellow QB’s on the Packers roster) are Brett Hundley and Joe Callahan.

    Hundley’s cap number is $670,908.00 this season and Callahan’s number is $540,000.00.

    Aaron’s number is $20,300,000.00.

    Rodgers cap number is about 17 times what Hundley and Callahan’s combined total is.

    After comparing the real salary cap numbers for Rodgers and his true “work colleagues” it is clear that AR is not being underpaid as a QB for the GB Packers.

    This is the way the world really works, cribbage…

  61. ariani1985 says:
    Mar 8, 2017 5:11 PM
    The red carpet diva strikes again!!
    _____________

    Rodgers just referred to this as “fake news”. He responded to a question, he did not bring the topic up. You purples always try to make a story out of nothing. #jealousy

  62. FYI – I am an old coot, and grateful for it. I started watching Pro Football in the late 50s and in MY day the players had to get off season jobs to make ends meet.

    Now of course it’s way over the top and that’s great but paying someone $25,000,000 to play football while letting the pioneers just die off because they don’t get enough pension and are broken down just doesn’t sit right with me.

  63. Rodgers winning only one SB will be the next laughing stock since Marino winning none.

    People say the QB isn’t also the GM, but, moves like this sure don’t help anything.

    Nobody will ever convince me what Brady has done with the pieces around him all while taking SIGNIFICANTLY less money doesn’t all contribute to him being the GOAT. He’ll probably get #6 this year.

    Which team will challenge, anybody….doubt the Pack will?

  64. “In a QB starved league, he is worth his weight in gold!”

    In fact at current market prices he’s worth one hell of a lot more than that.

  65. thun5der says:
    Mar 8, 2017 12:20 PM
    Brady is clearly the best player in the league
    ______________________________________

    Have the two QB’s switch teams and see what would happen.

    The Pack would suck with Brady at QB. He would be running for his life and he’s not good at that.

    The Pats would be better with Rodgers.

    Brady plays on a team that is light years better than ANY team Rodgers has played on. Brady would be a scrub if he played on the Packers.

    Rodgers is a better QB by a gigantic margin. Brady plays on a better team – by a gigantic margin.

  66. Rodgers can ask for all he wants, but at the end of the day, he is still playing for the biggest cheapskate in the league. He needs to realize that Ted will never pay him fairly.

  67. veretax says:
    Mar 8, 2017 1:09 PM
    Wait…. wait… Has Rodgers been taking Lessons from Brett Favre?

    ================================

    Well, the Jets do need a QB

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