Timing of Rodgers’ deal still hard to predict

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Packers linebacker Clay Matthews and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers are both represented by Athletes First, the firm founded by Dave Dunn.

So with Matthews inking a long-term deal reportedly worth more than $13 million annually (we’ll believe that once the full numbers can be inspected and dissected), there is increasing speculation that Rodgers will get his new deal soon.

And that’s entirely possible, especially with Rodgers currently making $3 million less than Matthews.  But one source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that the timing remains very difficult to predict.

The soonest it could happen for Rodgers is imminently.  The latest could be the start of training camp, or possibly the start of the regular season.

The two sides reportedly are $2 million apart on the average value of a long-term deal, with the Packers at $21 million and Rodgers at $23 million.

43 responses to “Timing of Rodgers’ deal still hard to predict

  1. It will happen when it happens. Offer Rodgers 21 mil and a promise they will retire his number first and make Favre wait.

  2. Matthews should make more than Rodgers. Sky’s the limit for Matthews, A-Rodg taps out in the Div Rd of the playoffs every year.

  3. Drat! If only there were a whole number between 21 and 23 that both sides could agree upon…

  4. If the owners want to stop the salary arms race make the contracts confidential then there wouldn’t be this constant one upsmanship that we currently have when someone has to make x more than the next guy. Get a grip fellas.

  5. crownofthehelmet says:
    Apr 17, 2013 4:13 PM
    Matthews should make more than Rodgers. Sky’s the limit for Matthews, A-Rodg taps out in the Div Rd of the playoffs every year.


    Except for the year they won the Superbowl of course…..

    I’m guessing the other 20 teams would love to tap out in the divisional round every year.

  6. I agree with these posters. The Pack should let Rodgers walk because of cap concerns. I look forward to a spirited battle between Graham Harrell and Mike Glennon.

    Career leader in regular season and post season quarterback rating is overrated. Everyone knows those numbers mean nothing. The Super Bowl win was a fluke. Those receivers would make Jeff George look good.

  7. 4superbowls says:
    Apr 17, 2013 4:24 PM
    I would love for my Vikes to have the problem of a QB who is worth 20+M per year…
    So would fans of the 20 or so other teams that blog on here and hate on us 1 percenters.

  8. TT always finds the parts to surroud his big name guys! Look at the year they won the superbowl, didnt have cap issues then, wont have cap issues putting a quality superbowl contender as long Rodgers in the QB spot!

  9. inyofaceagain says:
    Apr 17, 2013 4:22 PM
    “Good luck keeping Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb much longer. Packers cant afford extensions for both WRs after signing Clay and Aaron to deals.”
    I remember Rodgers making a guy (Spencer Havner) look good, Clay getting sacks in spite of no one complimenting him – When you’ve got elite players (in their prime) – then why not Lock ’em up Long Term, especially if the Cap level goes up in the next couple years. Better to have 1/5 of the cap go to quality “Elite” players than to have a ton of cap room and have no one on the roster worth a penny (Browns/Jags/Bucs).

  10. thesteelers says:
    Apr 17, 2013 4:29 PM
    Big Ben > Rodgers

    And it’s not even close
    You Steeler fans really need to get over SB45.

  11. Rodgers has better winning percentage vs. Vikings than Favre did. Mini fans say they’re happy the Packers will lock in Rodgers long-term. That’s called “good thinking” over in East Dakota.

  12. Well, he is the real MVP every year, regardless of players voicing how amazing they are and lobbying for awards they don’t deserve (see: Adrian Peterson).

    Worth whatever they pay him.

  13. Come on, the guy is worth everything he’s gonna get — which is depressing for other NFCN teams.

  14. Holy cow! Big Ben better than Rodgers? I literally spit water when I read that! I hate GB, but Rodgers might be the best in the NFL. GB has no offensive line yet he continues to roll

  15. Haters are just jealous that our calendars are filled with supreme excellence, constant glory, and more than success than you will ever amount to.

    You’re jealous?

  16. axespray says:Apr 17, 2013 4:36 PM

    When you’ve got elite players (in their prime) – then why not Lock ‘em up Long Term, especially if the Cap level goes up in the next couple years. Better to have 1/5 of the cap go to quality “Elite” players than to have a ton of cap room and have no one on the roster worth a penny (Browns/Jags/Bucs).

    The problem being, if Rodgers gets 23 million, between him and Matthews that is 36 million. The 51 other players (including other key positions) would be left~85 million or an average of about 1.6 million. That sounds like a lot of money to you and me, but in NFL reality it is not.

  17. How many Packer fans does it take to tell us all about Rogers’ and Hairboy’s new contracts? Three.
    One to talk about the new deals and two to tell us how great the old ones used to be

  18. At least the Packers will have 1/5 of their cap tied up in actual living, breathing players – who are both at or near the top of the league at their respective positions. There are some teams out there that are looking at that much in dead money. No offense, Raider fans.

    And as far as viking fans’ concerns about the Packers being able to staff the remainder of the team on a piddly $85M – this team has been on the lower end of the payroll scale for years. They’ve practiced for this moment for quite a while. They’ll be just fine.

  19. As a Vikings fan you should probably be more concerned that your team has only $5M of cap space and still doesn’t have a good quarterback.

  20. There’s nothing wrong with paying the guys who took the game by the reigns and never looked back. No team can afford to pay everybody. Good teams shift around the pieces. GB is picking is the right studs to build around.

  21. Where are the Packer fans that proclaimed Rodgers lives the Packers so much that he will take a discount? Or is $23 mil a year the discounted rate? Lets face it, Rodgers will bleed the Packers for as much as possible. And when he retires he will go back to Cali and never return. It’s his job. He doesn’t like GB any further than his paycheck.

  22. Packers have been $10-20 million under cap every season for the past 5 years. Adding the money from Matthews, Rodgers, and I will throw in Raji will not change the team. That cap space is now being used for what it is there for.

    Packers will reload, as they do every year, via the draft. Although, they really don’t need it.

  23. For all the purple fans gloating about the cap hit from Matthews contract take a moment to remind yourselves that your aging Jarred Allen is making 17 mil this season. I think we’ll be fine.

  24. I really wish there was some sort of class that vikings could take, like “NFL 101.”

    Then perhaps we could discuss things like civilized people. Right now I feel like I’m trying to explain quantum physics to a first grader.

    The Packers have plenty of cap room and have outperformed the Vikings, who have very little cap room.

    To put it in layman’s terms:

    Packers franchise good, Vikings franchise stupid.

  25. purpwalk says:
    Apr 17, 2013 4:14 PM
    eat that cap, baby. who needs teammates, anyway

    ————————————————————————————————————————————————– yeah you wish your team had the problem of paying an mvp superbowl winning qb, but instead your stuck with mr throw 2 picks in the red zone and 108 yards passing ponder. if it wasn’t for AP your teams defense would probably have to play offense too.

  26. Just go $1 more than the previous record so the porcelain QB ego can be assuaged and be done with it. Every new contract doesn’t have to be 2 mil bigger than the last. Soon they’ll have to raise the cap which will raise the tickets which will raise the salaries which will raise the cap which will…
    All so these guys can make more than they could possibly spend in a lifetime just so that it’s the most ever. The NFL better get better TV revenues because soon no one will be able to attend in person.

  27. Vikes fans if you really want to split hairs—lets assume Rodgers signs at the full 23 mil, then in 2013 the Packers will have wrapped up about 43.5 mil in him, Matthews and ALL of their RBs and WRs (top 3 at each position). The Vikings will have wrapped up approximately 43.5 mil in just four players: Ponder, Jared Allen, AP and Jennings. Know your cap folks; it’s where you invest.

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