Packers G.M. wants Aaron Rodgers deal “sooner than later”

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New Packers General Manager Brian Gutekunst is enjoying his first Combine as the man in charge, and he gets the privilege of talking about what’s sure to be the biggest contract in the league soon.

Gutekunst discussed the process for negotiating a new contract for quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and said he “certainly would like to get it done sooner than later.”

“When you have the best player in the NFL, it’s not going to be inexpensive,” he said.

Gutekunst also said he wanted to get the deal done this offseason, even though Rodgers is under contract through the 2019 season.

But with Rodgers now the sixth-highest paid quarterback in the league, the Packers know it’s time to swallow hard and pay him.

With Kirk Cousins about to set the market as a free agent, and with Jimmy Garoppolo getting a new five-year, $137.5 million contract with the 49ers after seven starts, the numbers on the Rodgers deal are going to be huge.

As they should be.

31 responses to “Packers G.M. wants Aaron Rodgers deal “sooner than later”

  1. “When you have the best player in the NFL, it’s not going to be inexpensive,”
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    New GM guy obviously hasn’t watched many of his playoff stinkers…..

  2. Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger, and Drew Brees aree elite quarterbacks but they have not played in any super bowl lately because their teams do not have strong enough defenses. Even Tom Brady needs a strong defense to win the SB. The year Rodgers won his only Super Bowl, he had a strong defense.

  3. Price just goes up every time you say “when you have the best player in the league” best to say nothing til deal is signed….

  4. Is Rogers truly serious about putting a winning team around him? If so, he should tell the GM that he will play for $15M a year and allow the Packers to spend some cash on additional talent. I guess we will see his priorities in coming weeks

  5. He is the one guys in the NFL that deserves to be the highest paid. I’m not trying to pick fights or bash the Packers but they’re a sub .500 team without him, and a legit Super Bowl contender with him.

  6. The longer negotiations drag out the more expensive it’ll be to make AR the highest paid player in the league, so sooner is better. My guess is 4 yr/ $125Mil extension (taking him until he’s 40 yrs. old) with $75Mil guaranteed. It’ll be structured with big cap hits in final 2 yrs. in case AR retires, but he’ll get A LOT of money up front.

  7. ariani1985 says:
    February 28, 2018 at 11:40 am

    New GM guy obviously hasn’t watched many of his playoff stinkers…..

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    Aaron’s never had a playoff game where he hasn’t put up 20 points. I can’t think of an individual performance where they lost because of QB play.

    What he does have is more SB wins than the entire Vikings organization does for their entire history. So there’s that.

  8. If he’s not the best, he’s top 5 — he should be the highest paid QB in the league. This is not meant as a dig against the Pack (although I’m happy to say it), there should be plenty of cap room now and in the foreseeable future given the lack of other All-Pro/high contract players on that team.

  9. He’s not the best player in the NFL. He puts up the best numbers in regular season games. Tom Brady is the unquestionable best player and best QB. It’s silly to state otherwise. But, if you must, and you must talk that GB doesn’t have a complete team (spoiler alert: they don’t), then we must talk about how an even bigger contract for AR will be even worse for that team. Which is fantastic!

  10. omeimontis says:
    February 28, 2018 at 11:44 am
    Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger, and Drew Brees aree elite quarterbacks but they have not played in any super bowl lately because their teams do not have strong enough defenses. Even Tom Brady needs a strong defense to win the SB. The year Rodgers won his only Super Bowl, he had a strong defense.
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    Ok. So why give AR even more money then? Throwing more money at a position that isn’t a problem equals a worse team as a whole, does it not?

  11. Of course he wants it done sooner… that is when it is actually at its cheapest.

    If he signs after all those other QBs, that contract grows.

  12. packattack1967 says:
    February 28, 2018 at 11:59 am
    Remember, while he’s 34 on paper he sat for 4 years behind Favre. Still a youngster
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    I can tell you from personal experience, 4 years of age on your body takes a toll whether you play sports or not. And Rodgers put far more wear and tear on his body by not playing than I ever did.

  13. There is no question that Rodgers is going to wait to sign that contract until after the Cousins deal is done. There’s no way he’ll let the likes of Kirk Cousins have a better contract than him, nor should he. It will be interesting to see what happens if the Jets throw the moon at Cousins and then the Packers have to beat that.

  14. Depending on the source, the Packers are either 24th or 26th in the NFL in salary cap space. Rodgers is underpaid and the rest of the team is hot garbage. What in the world are they spending their money on?

  15. If Tom Brady had Mike McCarthy as his offensive play caller and Dom Capers as his DC he wouldn’t even make it to the Super Bowl.

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    conormacleod says:
    February 28, 2018 at 12:27 pm
    He’s not the best player in the NFL. He puts up the best numbers in regular season games. Tom Brady is the unquestionable best player and best QB.

  16. Yeah, I don’t get it. He’s signed for two more seasons and he’s 34. I’d say there’s greater risk in extending him now than there is to be gained on a new contract in a year or two when you HAVE to give it to him.

    Maybe he continues to get injured or maybe he has a big one. Then, you might be glad you’re not committing huge money to a QB in his late 30’s.

  17. thudsp says:
    February 28, 2018 at 1:27 pm
    The deal should include a pacifier
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    It does. They play the Vikings at least twice per season.

  18. The Packers have had one down year in ten, and the Vikings have had one good year in ten, and their fans now want to tell us how to get it done.

  19. Why would Rodgers want to stay with an organization that’s never going to win another superbowl the rest of his career and doesn’t even have the decency or respect to ask you about your QB coach? Go to a team that will get you another SB win and respect you as a player…

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