Should the Packers give Aaron Rodgers a raise?

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Two weeks ago, the Colts made quarterback Andrew Luck the highest-paid player in the history of the NFL.

He’s the same Andrew Luck who missed most of last season due to injury. The same Andrew Luck who freely admits that, when he did play last year, he didn’t play well.

The same Andrew Luck who has never been to a Super Bowl, much less won one. The same Andrew Luck who has never been named league MVP.

The same Andrew Luck who finished No. 92 in the (deeply flawed, but what the hey?) top 100 list voted on by some (we just don’t know how many) of the league’s players.

While the Colts had every reason to give Luck a six-year, $139.25 million deal with $87 million guaranteed for injury at signing (indeed, Luck could/should have gotten even more), the facts outlined above could be regarded as relevant by a player who has a Super Bowl MVP award and not one but two league MVP awards — and who currently is making a lot less than Luck.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will earn $12.6 million this year, assuming he is on the 45-man roster every week and cashes in on a $600,000 per-game roster bonus. While Rodgers already has received plenty of cash under his three-year-old deal (including a $35 million signing bonus), the “new money” average of the contract he signed sits at $22 million; Luck is north of $24 million.

Compounding the problem for Rodgers is he’s under contract for four more years, with a total payout of $68.25 million (an average of $17 million per year). So the safe guess would be that the so-sensitive-he’s-sensitive-about-being-called-sensitive Rodgers is keenly aware of the disparity between Luck’s deal and his. and that Rodgers isn’t thrilled about it.

After all, it’s one thing for guys like Joe Flacco, Russell Wilson, and/or Drew Brees to approach or surpass Rodgers’ deal. They’ve all won Super Bowls. Luck, in comparison to Rodgers and the rest of those at the top of the quarterback market, has done nothing.

Sure, Luck and the Colts beat Rodgers the only time the two teams met, back in 2012. When they get together on November 6 for a late-afternoon game at Lambeau Field, Rodgers will surely have extra motivation to show everyone that he’s in a different class than the quarterback who’s in a different pay scale than Rodgers.

The real question is whether Rodgers will request an adjustment to his deal, either before or after blowing out Luck and the Colts in fewer than four months. While the Packers have no obligation to do so, it’s important to keep the most important player on the field happy.

Chances are he’s not happy — especially since (soapbox issue alert) his current deal didn’t protect him against the spikes in the salary cap that have happened since he signed his last contract by, for example, tying his salary to a percentage of the cap. For the Packers, relying on the (supposedly) unexpected growth of the cap would become the easiest way to explain tearing up the last four years of the contract and giving Rodgers an adjustment.

Actually, the easiest way to explain it would be to say, “Andrew Luck has accomplished nothing. Aaron Rodgers has accomplished everything. He should be the highest-paid player in football.”

64 responses to “Should the Packers give Aaron Rodgers a raise?

  1. I dunno.

    A million bucks a game plus incentives for this upcoming season makes for pretty good take home pay.

    And when the players get a raise, you know who ends up paying for most of it… the arses in the over-priced seats. You can be sure the billionaires aren’t going to take a haircut to give anyone a raise.

    I wonder what the average paycheck is for us fans? Indeed, when I’m at a game, I spend a lot of time wondering what many of the people around me have to sacrifice to even attend a game because I know they aren’t making the kind of money that pays for their seats and leaves a lot leftover for beans and bread.

  2. While I agree that he should be the highest paid player in football, I don’t get the whole “Sensitive” crap that appears in every article written about him. Seems that there’s a clear bias against him personality-wise on this site that goes all the way back to 2010.

  3. I find it funny how many of the same people that rail on income disparity in the U.S. and how rich people are ruining the country are also the ones that want players like Rodgers that make insane amounts of money to get even more.

  4. This is a non-issue — Aaron already has way more than enough money to buy his entire hometown of Chico, CA.

    The Packers should use the extra cash to build a stronger team so he can retire with three Super Bowl rings and an express pass to Canton.

  5. Give a guy $150 million signing bonus and $1 per season for 4 seasons and they cry in season 3 that they are only making 1 dollar and Florio agrees with them.

    I like Rogers but any money that goes to him can’t go to other members of the team. QB’s are starting to be paid too much in relation to other players.

    Denver proved you don’t have to construct your team success to be tied to a great QB, there are other ways.

  6. I meant there is NO upside for the team to do this.
    He signed a contract and they have him for 4 more years.

  7. Actually, the easiest way to explain it would be to say, “Andrew Luck has accomplished nothing. Aaron Rodgers has accomplished everything. He should be the highest-paid player in football.”
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    Florio you’re unusually off your game today. I think you meant to say “Rodgers won a Super Bowl, Luck hasn’t”.

    How on earth you come to the conclusion Luck has accomplished nothing is beyond rational thinking?

    After seeing Luck leading a much weaker team (put Rodgers on the Colts and Luck on the Packers, then see what happens) to an 11-5 record for 3 consecutive seasons…his first 3 years in the league. Along with Luck improving his team each year in playoff wins all the way to the AFC Championship in 2014 (defeating last years Champion Broncos along the way).

    Luck also had a 40 touchdown season at age 25, just his 3rd year in the league. It took Rodgers 4 years as a starter (age 28) in the league before he threw for 40.

    Really under this guise. Any player in the prime of their career should be paid the most. The problem with this theory is one then misses out on the prime of Luck’s career by not paying the man. While another team does pay him.

  8. After all, it’s one thing for guys like Joe Flacco, Russell Wilson, and/or Drew Brees to approach or surpass Rodgers’ deal. They’ve all won Super Bowls

    The absolute worst measuring stick when grading a QB is SB wins. Being the QB of a team that wins the SB does not automatically make you elite (Trent Dilfer).

  9. Vikings fans are out in force, but so far none of them has said the Teddy deserves more than Rodgers. So maybe there is hope for them.

  10. He should ask for a raise now because he’s coming off the worst season of his career. Strike now before you show that it’s the beginning of a downward trend
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    This is coming from a guy whose QB put up a massive year in 2015. 14tds! And nearly as many int’s. And you guys talk about him like he’s a future hof guy. Ironic.

  11. strike now! has basically stunk up the joint with his anual playoff melt down party the past 6 years!
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    Normally I ignore the biggest troll on Pft but this is just so extraordinarily stupid that I felt it worth mentioning.

  12. You know you have an embarrassment of qb riches when the trolls are smack talking AR’s horrible season where he only threw 31 td’s.

  13. Rodgers is the best QB since Montana played- he signed a deal, GB has him 4 more years. The $$$ that these players are getting is out of control- it is not the $$ that determine who is best QB- it is their play. Aaron is by far the best- but it takes a whole team to win. I think Rogers is a classy guy, but I can not wish his team luck because I am a Bear fan.

  14. Really? How stupid an idea is this. First the packers are publicly owned and do not have deep pockets to just pay people whatever by front loading or back loading contracts. Ted is the only GM that will not do that.
    With this said, ROgers and Mathews walked away with the farm two years ago taking up 66% of the salary cap. There is no more cookies in the jar so to speak. Genius Ted has all the undrafteds for a reason: no dam money.

  15. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Jul 13, 2016 10:02 AM
    He should ask for a raise now because he’s coming off the worst season of his career. Strike now before you show that it’s the beginning of a downward trend.

    ——–

    Good to see the vike trolls out in force. I’ll take a 29-year* old champion/MVP QB over some guy who has “greatness in his eyes,” but has never shown it on the field.

    *in QB years

  16. When Rodgers signed, the cap was $120 million. When Luck signed, the cap was $155 million. It makes sense that Luck would get paid more.

    Should the Packers give Rodgers more? No. He still has four years left on his current deal. If he wanted more money NOW, he should have signed a shorter deal back then. But he wanted more immediate money by way of a bigger signing bonus, so he signed a long term deal. Can’t have it both ways.

  17. In Teddy We Trust, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone on this page is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

  18. Will the highest paid player in the NFL ever actually win a Superbowl (while being the highest paid)?

    Maybe he wants to win more rings rather than just add numbers to a bank account that will have no meaningful impact on his life.

  19. Sensitive according to a salty Greg Jennings…

    Meanwhile, Charles Woodson (a far more respected player/man) spoke up for Rodgers, yet we’re still droning on about how “sensitive” Rodgers is.

    Guy holds his wideouts/offense accountable and to high standards, what a villain! Trying to give his team’s fans a good product on the field!

  20. It’d be easier to answer that question if we knew the market value of a regular season stat-hound.

  21. Bad comparison with little merit. If Rodgers is up for contract now, his new contract will more likely produce more money for him than Lucks does. For whatever agenda you have, I am disappointed in you for comparing apples and oranges.

  22. This is why players shouldn’t sign such long contracts. I get that they want the security, but to sign 4 plus year contracts, and then get all bent out of shape when the market increases, is just absurd.

    At this point, Rodgers has said nothing. This is all massive speculation by Florio and PFT.

  23. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Jul 13, 2016 10:02 AM

    He should ask for a raise now because he’s coming off the worst season of his career. Strike now before you show that it’s the beginning of a downward trend.

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    More then half of the QB’s in the NFL would kill to have his(worst)season numbers.

  24. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Jul 13, 2016 10:02 AM
    He should ask for a raise now because he’s coming off the worst season of his career. Strike now before you show that it’s the beginning of a downward trend.

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

    Worst season of career and still went farther than the Vikings did in the playoffs….

  25. bigredgoog says:
    Jul 13, 2016 10:16 AM

    I like Rogers but any money that goes to him can’t go to other members of the team. QB’s are starting to be paid too much in relation to other players.

    Denver proved you don’t have to construct your team success to be tied to a great QB, there are other ways.
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    You should probably know that Manning was paid a large percentage of the salary cap. You’re welcome.

  26. teal379 says:
    Jul 13, 2016 11:37 AM

    Worst season of career and still went farther than the Vikings did in the playoffs….
    ________

    By the way, when is the banner-raising ceremony for beating a 9-7 team in the playoffs?

  27. The offseason articles seem to be largely based on the idea that a QB should just take as much money as humanly possible.

    I mean one thing to consider money wise is that Peyton Manning made almost in endorsements as his did playing because he was on a winner for a decade.

    If the goal is to make the most money being on a winner is a huge component and that means that the team is going to have to have a good supporting cast and the extra cap room helps with that.

  28. The league where owners can cut players because they feel they’re under-performing their contracts, is the same exact league where players can hold out if they feel they are over-performing their contract.

    In this case, Rodgers would be right to hold out for more money since he is clearly over-performing his contract.

    People complaining “BUT HE’S UNDER CONTRACT FOR FOUR MORE YEARS!” would be the same people begging to cut him from the very same “contract” had Rodgers tossed up 10 TD’s and 30 INT’s last season.

  29. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Jul 13, 2016 11:44 AM

    By the way, when is the banner-raising ceremony for beating a 9-7 team in the playoffs?

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    Packers celebrate world championships, something you as a Viking fan have never seen.

    Point being – his worse season is still better than your best.

  30. He was a star when he signed this deal, so he had the most leverage of anyone signing a contract.

    He took the long contract for security and the upfront money.

    If he got injured his first game, would he give all the money he is entitled to back to the team?

    Nope.

    He could play out his entire career on one year contracts. He would make more money but does not have any long term security.

    Also, why do people compare head to head meetings when comparing QBs? It is a team sport with both sides of the ball being important.

    A team can change drastically in one or two years.

    So comparing team records for an upcoming game seems stupid.

    Comparing QBs based on head to head record seems ever more absurd.

  31. I generally don’t even waste my time reading articles about the legendary GB team, much less think about commenting. But since their trolls are out in force, here goes.
    Hell yes, pay the man whatever he wants. He’s the greatest of all time. He’s a shoe-in first ballot HOF’er. If you don’t believe it, just ask him. Also, if you don’t renegotiate immediately, he’ll be crying big, sad Erin Rodgers tears for the next four years. Not a good look for a future HOF’er.

  32. pftfan says:
    Jul 13, 2016 12:04 PM
    The league where owners can cut players because they feel they’re under-performing their contracts, is the same exact league where players can hold out if they feel they are over-performing their contract.

    In this case, Rodgers would be right to hold out for more money since he is clearly over-performing his contract.

    People complaining “BUT HE’S UNDER CONTRACT FOR FOUR MORE YEARS!” would be the same people begging to cut him from the very same “contract” had Rodgers tossed up 10 TD’s and 30 INT’s last season.
    _____________________________

    Teams can cut a player at any time, yes, but most of the time they already paid that player a huge signing bonus and are getting penalized against their salary cap for cutting the player.

    Maybe players shouldn’t get signing bonuses, and instead should only sign one year contracts, in your perfect system. That would be terrible for fans as players would be jumping all over the place each year chasing the biggest contract.

    I think a better solution for the player (seeing as how the cap is jumping so dramatically) is to only sign for four years max. Yeah you have to negotiate more often, but you would never be getting a below market-value contract.

  33. You should stick to not commenting….

    And look up the definition of trolling….as this is a packer article, the only trolls are people posting who aren’t packer fans. Ie you.

  34. Luck has “done nothing”? He has proven to be a high-end franchise QB who is capable of single-handedly putting a team on his back, no matter how flawed it is. Last I checked, the NFL is a TEAM game, and smart football minds understand that the rest of Luck’s TEAM is pretty poor. Just because he hides how poor the rest of the Colt roster is doesn’t mean that we should pretend his teammates are as good as those of any other elite QB.

  35. Contracts should be about the future not the past. Luck is young and getting better.
    Rodgers second contract was quite a leap for the Packers but they were betting on his future potential based on what they saw in practice.

    Why should any team pay for what a player has already done?

  36. Yes, please throw all your money at a QB who consistently clams up and chokes in the playoffs – especially the NFC Championship game.

    Please put most of your payroll towards him and don’t invest in defense. What could go wrong?

  37. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Jul 13, 2016 10:02 AM
    He should ask for a raise now because he’s coming off the worst season of his career. Strike now before you show that it’s the beginning of a downward trend.

    Rodgers’ worst season will still be better than Teddy’s best.

  38. might as well, you guys will never sign defensive players in the offseason to take the next step.

    Honestly, how many times in the past 3-4 seasons have you guys said after a game: ‘thank god we had rodgers today, because our defense couldn’t stop anybody out there’

    Its too bad Thompson and Capers are ruining Rodgers’ prime… yup, too bad, almost.

  39. rogers is ok, he just another in this pass-happy, pad my stats era….his one sb victory came against a badly injured steeler team (no starting center, polamalu and harrison were both hobbled, etc) and barely won by six, because of an unforced fumble by reshard mendenfumblehall…..when the steelers were driving for another td…..

  40. “After all, it’s one thing for guys like Joe Flacco, Russell Wilson, and/or Drew Brees to approach or surpass Rodgers’ deal. They’ve all won Super Bowls. Luck, in comparison to Rodgers and the rest of those at the top of the quarterback market, has done nothing.”

    You’ve just made an argument for half the league to get a raise. There are an awful lot of players who have “done nothing” making more money than their peers on a different team. A couple of them got their big money deals just a few weeks ago.

  41. He’s the best QB in the NFL, and he deserves to be paid like it — provided he even cares.

  42. ShAaron may be the best at screaming & getting an defensive off-sides call on the field. But, when it comes to his high-pitched yelps towards the payroll office, I doubt anyone jumps.

  43. ftomasic1961 says:
    Jul 13, 2016 1:51 PM
    rogers is ok, he just another in this pass-happy, pad my stats era….his one sb victory came against a badly injured steeler team (no starting center, polamalu and harrison were both hobbled, etc) and barely won by six, because of an UNFORCED fumble by reshard mendenfumblehall…..when the steelers were driving for another td…..

    ————————————————————

    Funny that a Steeler fan is calling someone else’s QB overrated. Ben had a 22.6 passer rating in his first SB and barely beat a 9-7 Cardinals team that had no business being in the SB in his second.

  44. The Pack will do what they always do. They will not give a new contract, in the off season thy will give him an extension for another 3-4 years and pay a big signing bonus. It is the same reason the current contract only hits the cap less than the deals Flacco and Brees got. Rodgers will get another pocket full of guaranteed money that gets spread out over the course of the contract with out raising the cap number a ton.

  45. Since the NFL has non-guaranteed contracts and many ways for teams to lock up players at below market deal through most if not all of their prime and cut them as soon as they get hurt or lose a step, I tend to be sympathetic to players.

    However, when he and his agent signed this deal they had to know eventually it would been passed by more than 1 other player at some point. They chose to sign a long-term deal with a big signing bonus. They could’ve said “No thanks, I’ll take a 1 year deal” with a small bonus or a 2-3 year deal with a bonus spread out for the cap deal and then gone back on the market soon. But, as it works in long term finances, they traded the potential for more aggressive raises for security. It’s risk assessment/cost-benefit analysis. It’s no different than baseball players who take extensions instead of waiting and hitting free agency. You trade uncertainty (injury, sudden decline) for guaranteed money.

    It’s park of the business. Every party attempts to cash-in and mitigate risks. Sometimes it works in the favor of the player, sometimes the owners, and sometimes everyone comes out sort of in the middle. If he plays out this deal it seems “fair” for everyone.

  46. He is a master at whining and crying until he gets what he wants, both on and off the field. I’m sure the Packers brass will cave just like a bad parent.

  47. no. if players are concerned with year to year ranking of salary, sign a series of one year contracts like lebron. you are taking long term security over one year deals. you made your bed, now sleep in it.

  48. mccarthyisamoron says:
    Jul 13, 2016 1:11 PM
    Bradshaw and Montana should ask for back-pay to the tune of $200mil.

    ___________

    Then Bart Starr should ask for $400 million.

  49. ” So the safe guess would be that the so-sensitive-he’s-sensitive-about-being-called-sensitive Rodgers is keenly aware of the disparity between Luck’s deal and his. and that Rodgers isn’t thrilled about it.”

    Or maybe he should just worry about winning football games, which is what he’s paid a not insignificant amount of money to do.

  50. “Chances are he’s not happy — especially since (soapbox issue alert) his current deal didn’t protect him against the spikes in the salary cap…”

    He could very easily have just signed a one-year deal every offseason. That way he’s automatically “protected” against spikes in the salary cap. However, he then couldn’t bank that large signing bonus that Florio always fails to mention when talking about “underpaid” players’ yearly salaries.

  51. NFL front office is obviously biased against Packers. They got the shaft in the Seattle Fail Mary, Suh stomp suspension that wasn’t. It’s the only publicly owned team in the NFL. It’s us against the rich owners. We will always get the shaft.

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