Packers would like to sign Rodgers before Cousins, Brees do their deals

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The Falcons aren’t the only ones who would like to extend their franchise quarterback before other quarterbacks cash in. Appearing on PFT Live, new Packers G.M. Brian Gutekunst addressed the team’s preferred timeline for doing what would be the fourth career contract signed by quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

“We’d like to do it sooner rather than later,” Gutekunst said. “When you’ve got the best player in the sport you’d like to lock him up.”

Asked whether he’d like to extend Rodgers before Kirk Cousins and Drew Brees sign their next deals, Gutekunst laughed and said, “That would be nice.”

Rodgers is due to make $20.9 million in 2018 and $21.1 million in 2019, an average of $21 million over the next two years. The question becomes whether he’ll be looking to surpass the top of the market in new money analysis or in total value from signing.

It’s a key distinction in the assessment of contracts. If, for example, Rodgers signs a five-year, $150 million contract to replace the final two years of his current deal, that contract would have a new-money average of $36 million. And if the deal has a new money average of $30 million (via a three-year, $90 million extension), the contract would have a total value at signing of only $26.4 million.

Keep that in mind when the time comes to assess the quality of the Rodgers extension. He could end up being the highest paid player in terms of new money, but not the highest paid when it comes to examining the deal from the moment it’s signed.

He deserves, frankly, to be both.

41 responses to “Packers would like to sign Rodgers before Cousins, Brees do their deals

  1. So, they’ll sign him to a contract and a week later he’ll see guys get more. They should see what everyone else signs for and give him a small amount more. That way no party will feel as if their deal sideways at least for another year or two.

  2. If I were Rodgers I would be SO DONE with Green Bay. The incompetence of their coaching and front office will find a way to mess this whole thing up.

  3. I think there is a highest paid QB championship in rogers, Brees and Counsins future. They can be enshrined in the obverpriced hall of fame with flaco, and Sam Bradford.

  4. Agree just sign the guy. I stopped being a fan a year or two ago, but he is the best QB in football (not necessarily the most successful). He should get paid. Whether it is before or after Brees and Cousins doesn’t matter – although I think the way they do these things kind of sucks because Cousins isn’t even close to being an elite QB of that stature and he might get paid more. What matters if that you make his signing a priority and show you love him.

  5. I have never understood all this front loaded, middle loaded, end loaded deals. Whats wrong with $30m 4years – $120m. Include a signing on fee, job done. If the player looks like he has another few years left in him at a high level extend the deal after year 3. Why all the bluff. You pay the man the full deal even if he ends up garbage that’s the risk. All this trickery trying to beat the cap is a joke. Cut your cloth.

  6. Rodgers is the most talented QB in the league and deserves top money, in fact he deserves 10 x what they are paying Jimmy “5 games” … But why not take a little less (you’re already rich) and try and use that extra cap space to get some pieces around you so you can make an actual SB run.

    GB needs more talent on both sides of the ball – especially the defense. Rodgers masks a tonne of problems on that team. If he goes for maximum value on his contract, I doubt they will have enough pieces to be serious contenders.

    Minnesota is like a good QB away from the SB, GB is like 6-8 starters away

  7. Pay the guy whatever he wants, but honestly I hope he’s willing to do something that allows them to add a few free agents this year. I’m sick of the lack of talent on this team.

  8. the notion that brees and cousins will sign for more than rodgers if he gets his deal done first is ludicrous. these qb contracts do not need to exceed the previous contract every time.

  9. Frankly Mike, you are wrong. Rogers is 4 years older than Cousins and is coming off of a season-ending injury (even when Rogers is healthy, he’s hamstrung by an inept FO). Not to mention it’s been almost 10 years since Rogers and co. have sniffed the Super Bowl.

  10. If we’re being Frank, Green Bay should be hesitant with AR’s injury history to give him a huge signing bonus. Dallas got lucky with Dak and survived Romo’s dead cap year, but GB saw what happened with Hundley this year.

  11. The money is now WAY too big for the players. With the price of QB’s going up who’s going to have to pay for it? Ultimately, it will be me and the rest of the fans with increased ticket pricing, increased concession pricing, increased pricing on gear like hats, tshirts, and sweatshirts. Ultimately, I’m going to have to pay for Roger’s raise, Bree’s raise, Cousin’s raise, and every other player raise. Sorry, but I’m done paying.

  12. Aaron Rodgers should be setting the bar for contracts not Cousins. If Cousins gets his deal first then the Pack will end up spending more but if Rodgers first then no team will pay Cousins more than him and the Pack wouldn’t have beat that deal

  13. “We’d like to do it sooner rather than later,” Gutekunst said. “When you’ve got the best player in the sport you’d like to lock him up.

    Yeah. Before Cousins and Brees get 34 million a year and Rodgers demands 35 million a year. That’s not shady or anything.

  14. Rodgers should play out the 2 remaining years on his deal and force the Packers to prove they can be a great organization.

    He’s carried them long enough, and as far as he can shoulder the load. Time for others do their part.

  15. I’m a Niners fan and we did the right thing by getting the Garoppolo deal done quickly. Now you hear about Rodgers and L. Bell and teams want to do the same. You don’t want to be talking numbers when lesser players are getting huge contracts. Get the deal done now and move on with it before these players start questioning what they’re really worth.

  16. Throwing good money after a guy who is clearly going downhill doesn’t make sense.

    Perhaps the contract should be based solely on his non-defensive-pre-snap penalty cheating offense with deductions for when he cheats. This guy has so used the cheating to make up for his lack ob being able to score otherwise.

  17. MNhardo says:
    March 1, 2018 at 8:42 am
    If I were Rodgers I would be SO DONE with Green Bay. The incompetence of their coaching and front office will find a way to mess this whole thing up./////////////////////////////////////////////////////

    Here we go again. The Packers have one down year in ten, and the Vikings have one good year in ten, and their fans are now experts.

    It’s a shame the Vikings are pretenders.

  18. harveyredman says:
    March 1, 2018 at 8:55 am

    Rodgers is the most talented QB in the league and deserves top money, in fact he deserves 10 x what they are paying Jimmy “5 games”….

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    Sorry, but I disagree that any QB (or any football player) “deserves” a billion dollar contract, which is what 10x Jimmy “5 games” would be.

  19. “When you’ve got the best player in the sport you’d like to lock him up.”

    I’m fairly certain the GB won’t be signing TB12 any time soon…

  20. I loathe the Packers, but Aaron Rodgers is the best QB in the game, hands down. I’d take him over anybody at that position. He’s that good. He can take a very mediocre team and keep them in contention, even when the head coach and the other players just don’t measure up. Rodgers deserves to be the highest paid player in the game. He’s earned it. It would be nice to see him come over to the Vikings. Wouldn’t that be incredible? The Vikes would automatically be Super Bowl favorites.

  21. ramrene says:
    March 1, 2018 at 9:58 am
    The money is now WAY too big for the players. With the price of QB’s going up who’s going to have to pay for it? Ultimately, it will be me and the rest of the fans with increased ticket pricing, increased concession pricing, increased pricing on gear like hats, tshirts, and sweatshirts. Ultimately, I’m going to have to pay for Roger’s raise, Bree’s raise, Cousin’s raise, and every other player raise. Sorry, but I’m done paying.
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    The owners pay the players, not you. A free market will decide if these salaries are sustainable and self-correct if are not. The last thing I want to have people count other people’s money and tell them how much they should earn.

  22. His agent would be a dope to deal before brees and cousins. Unless his greed says he needs da mooney now. If rogers wants another sb he should play out the contract and move on for big bucks more sbs. The packers dont have deep pockets like the jerry jones. They dont back fill contracts because they are publicly owned.

  23. amaf21 says:
    March 1, 2018 at 9:33 am
    Frankly Mike, you are wrong. Rogers is 4 years older than Cousins and is coming off of a season-ending injury (even when Rogers is healthy, he’s hamstrung by an inept FO). Not to mention it’s been almost 10 years since Rogers and co. have sniffed the Super Bowl.
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    Hmmm… before this season, they were in the NFC Championship game (you know, the game to determine who goes to the Super Bowl?) 2 out of the last 3 seasons, but it’s been almost 10 years since they’ve “sniffed” the Super Bowl?

  24. I really don’t understand the logic behind all the “PAY THE MAN” type posts. I believe Rodgers is the most talented QB in football but without a strong team it doesn’t really mean much. Championships are what the team wants. He managed one of those with all that talent. Not his fault because management needs to plug in the right players and the coaches need to get them competitive. Regardless of what other “lesser” QBs are being paid, every dollar paid to Rodgers is a dollar that cannot be used to make the team stronger. If the team does not get stronger then all the teams ahead of them must get weaker for GB to get another championship. By breaking the bank on him GB would essentially be saying “Because he is the best we would rather not make it with him as our QB than try to distribute money to various players that have a chance to get us a championship with him at a lower price or with somebody else”

  25. The money is now WAY too big for the players. With the price of QB’s going up who’s going to have to pay for it? Ultimately, it will be me and the rest of the fans with increased ticket pricing, increased concession pricing, increased pricing on gear like hats, tshirts, and sweatshirts. Ultimately, I’m going to have to pay for Roger’s raise, Bree’s raise, Cousin’s raise, and every other player raise. Sorry, but I’m done paying.

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    tv money pays most of the contract. your stadium money goes mostly to running the facility and the employees there. 10 home games isnt paying for player salaries

  26. They have been underpaying him for years and supporting him with the cast of Wacky Races… Why should Rodgers do them any favors by rushing to sign a deal before 03/14 so he can be the highest paid player for a day?

  27. Injury shminjury — the guy will be healthy as a horse (well, at least a healthy horse) and worth every damn penny they give him. If I were Rodgers I’d wait to sign for the very same reason Gutekunst wants to sign him early.

  28. If I was Rogers and had those past earnings behind me, plus those current endorsements, I’d sign a 2 year, $2 contract and say to the team “buy me talent with that money you had earmarked for me”. Let’s win rings.

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