Aaron Rodgers is waiting for Kirk Cousins to sign

AP

The Packers would like to extend quarterback Aaron Rodgers before looming free agents like Kirk Cousins and Drew Brees sign their next deals. Rodgers, who patiently has been waiting for a new contract, is content to wait a little longer.

Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports reports that Rodgers wants to wait for Cousins to sign a new contract before signing a new contract in Green Bay.

It’s a smart approach by Rodgers, who has two years left on his current deal at an average of $21 million per year. Cousins likely will nudge the highest paid ever bar a little higher than its current mark of $27.5 million, and Rodgers will then have a target for his next deal.

The most intriguing aspect (at least for me) of the next Aaron Rodgers deal will be whether Rodgers surpasses Cousins’ average in new money or total value at signing. Guys like Cousins and Garoppolo are signing contracts from scratch, so their new money will match the total value. Rodgers could easily become the highest-paid player in new money, even if the total value of the deal at signing comes in under the Garoppolo or Cousins numbers.

Rodgers should insist in being the highest paid in total value at signing, which would entail throwing out the last two years of the contract and doing a deal from scratch.

95 responses to “Aaron Rodgers is waiting for Kirk Cousins to sign

  1. Why? Does Aaron need to earn more than Kirk? Is his ego really that fragile? He Aaron, how about you ask to earn the same as Tom Brady and allow your team to bring in some additional weapons?

  2. So stupid There is no comparison between the 2, if anything Cousins should be the one waiting…..

  3. Smart move. I am very vocal about my opposition to unproven QBs (yes, including JG) getting these huge contracts and driving the market. It just isn’t good business. But Rodgers has clearly proven himself, and for years. He actually deserves to be at the top of the market.

    I personally don’t care whether it is new money or total value. The only thing that really matters is total value anyway, especially when your cash flows are in the 8-figure range in the first place. The rest is just fodder for pundits. Ultimately the highest paid QB is the one who gets the most money, no matter how he does it. Rooting for Rodgers on this one because at least if he gets it sanity still reigns.

  4. average or total? Aaron Rodgers will do whatever it takes to be announced as the highest paid player (regardless of whether he’ll collect the most) because Mr. Insecurity requires that affirmation from his peers and the adulation of the media spouting how no one deserves it more than him and he’s worth every penny, and every other esteem-boosting cliche one can think of.

  5. Rodgers will soon be the highest paid player in the NFL. Both a blessing and a curse for the Packers. Who takes less or gets cut to pay for their premium player? If the Vikings set the price by signing Cousins, by default they are handicapping their division competition.

  6. I guess people can say it’s “ego driven” but why should Rodgers settle for any less? He’s clearly one of the best in the game, he should compensated for it. It’s not like GB is going to take the left over money and donate it to the poor.

  7. Rodgers deserves to be the highest paid QB. As proven last year, the Packers are nothing without him. The only reason Jordy and Cobb make the money they do is because of Rodgers. One year of Hundley and now their contracts are called into question. Time to pony up boys, time to restructure your deals and give Rodgers your money.

  8. Rodgers is a hell of a lot better than Cousins… That being said.. Does it really matter? They are both gonna get paid huge thanks to the niners.

  9. Good strategy to wait til Brees and Cousins sign and then assess what to do. Waiting til free agency should be a consideration because the QB salaries inflate every year–can’t lose by waiting.

  10. a trusted source told me the two sides are simply talking and that Rodgers’ extension is unlikely to be done until after the Kirk Cousins deal comes in
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    No where in this source tweet does it actually say what pft’s headline suggests. Perhaps Packers brass are the ones who want to wait? We don’t know for sure, but the haters see a headline and start firing away.

  11. nhpats says:
    March 3, 2018 at 11:15 am
    Why? Does Aaron need to earn more than Kirk? Is his ego really that fragile? He Aaron, how about you ask to earn the same as Tom Brady and allow your team to bring in some additional weapons?

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    Well when the possible contract for Kirk Cousins was floated around plenty of people pointed out that it’s more money than Rodgers gets who is a better QB. Maybe Rodgers feels the same way and wants to ensure he’s getting market value. As with most jobs in life how about you stop worrying about another man’s money and how much or less they choose to work for?

  12. Cousins is good, but he’s no Aaron Rodgers. He’ll end up at the Bronco’s with not as much money as one thinks. The Viking should sign Case Keenum. !3 & 3 ain’t bad. Foles was a journeyman too. Rivers should get more and an extension. He’s elite and had an outstanding 2017 while having great patience with the Charger mis-management. Jerry Jones should pick up Manziel. He’s cheap now, would be a ‘pusher’ for Dak and a solid back-up. It’s a win-win situation and the fans are forgiving. I believe he’s learned a hard lesson. That’s it boys and girls!

  13. kh221 says:
    March 3, 2018 at 11:15 am
    It gets kind of ridiculous when 21 million is somehow underpaid
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    more ego than anything else, recall when Brees insisted he wanted $1 more than Manning. Have to question their commitment to building a contending SB team.

  14. GB should get of Rodgers and his ego and start over.

    NO ONE is worth the kind of money he is asking for.

    And this from a Packer fan.

  15. Sure, Rodgers deserves to be paid like the best. But he better not complain when the Packers don’t have the cash to pay his WRs or offensive line.

  16. Yeah I highly doubt Charles Robinson from Yahoo Sports is really breaking this story. I am sure there isn’t any factual information or any real sources. Just an obvious assumption due to Rodgers not signing yet……if he does sign before Cousins (which most agree he most likely won’t) we will all be shocked.

  17. This is be. It’s Rogers agent, the guy getting the percentage that’s going to wait. Probably until both cousins and Brees sign. There is no rush. He’s making money now

  18. Rodgers is smart, has played the last couple years below market, deserves to be the highest paid QB, and the Pack has plenty of cap room. This is only gonna be a big controversial deal to the fans and media.

  19. The Packers can in turn wait a couple of years before offering him a new contract. It would be their smart move. LOL. Rodgers has not even brought the Packers back to the Super Bowl since winning it on the strength of an unbelievable year and a strong defense. Making him the highest paid QB won’t change that because they will have no cap room to improve the team.

  20. Rodgers should just man up and sign for his worth instead of worrying about everybody else. Besides why new contract anyway he is already signed for two years that he already agreed to !!!!!

  21. 6thsense10 says:
    March 3, 2018 at 11:35 am
    nhpats says:
    March 3, 2018 at 11:15 am
    Why? Does Aaron need to earn more than Kirk? Is his ego really that fragile? He Aaron, how about you ask to earn the same as Tom Brady and allow your team to bring in some additional weapons?

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    Well when the possible contract for Kirk Cousins was floated around plenty of people pointed out that it’s more money than Rodgers gets who is a better QB. Maybe Rodgers feels the same way and wants to ensure he’s getting market value. As with most jobs in life how about you stop worrying about another man’s money and how much or less they choose to work for?

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    Using your logic Rogers is not as successful at QB as Tom Brady so he should be offered and accept less than Brady. In the end, Rogers needs to decide what is most important to him: getting paid the most or having decent players around him.

  22. Lucy “Rodgers” should break the bank in his feeble years so as to use all their cap money up and continue their steady decline to 3rd or 4th in the division. What a diva

  23. It’s hilarious that the only thing that these second tier quarterbacks can measure themselves by is how large of a contract they can sign.

    I guess that when you are looking at ending your career with the same number of Super Bowl wins as Dilfer and Johnson, or less, you have to grasp at anything.

    Highest Paid of all Time isn’t something that gets accolades.

  24. As Peyton said, “I dont manage the cap”, so Rodgers can ask for and get whatever the GM feels he can pay and stay competitive. If GB can’t afford to pay him and be competitive then they need to change direction. They were super smart drafting him behind Favre, too bad they haven’t continued to do it since…

  25. I’m sure Rodgers isn’t concerned with saving the Packers money for a better defence or O- line since the Packers haven’t been anything the past 10 years to prove that.
    If Rodgers don’t get the money no one will.

  26. From a Vikings fan. Aaron Rodgers is the best QB I have ever seen, and I’m thankful to watch him for over 10 home games. I guess I’m at odds with others that I would rather have a very good QB with a great surrounding cast verses what the packers have now. A great QB with an average surrounding cast.

  27. The Packers should convince Rodgers to sign before Cousins is signed by Minnesota. The more the Vikings have to pay for Cousins, the less likely they will be able to land him. They will be stuck with Keenum or one of the two brittle QBs.

  28. Love all the average joes saying he should leave money on the table. He is the best at his position and should be paid accordingly. It is not his fault the market is what it is. He did not set that bar, owners did.

  29. Shouldn’t he be the one setting the bar? Speaking of Barr, he’ll hit the one man that takes all the money and the rest of the team ends up in the sewer again.All because Rodgers isn’t a team player, but a selfish egotist!

  30. Only difference is that Rodgers is older and has injury concerns. Rodgers, just like Cousins is not worth 30 mil a year.

  31. The whole idea of paying a QB $20-$25-$30 million is idiotic on so many levels. Oh, this one ‘deserves’ it, that one doesn’t. Seriously? Like Clint said in “Unforgiven”, ‘deserves’ got nothing to do with it. This is nothing but a d*** contest. Do these guys really need the money? No. And don’t give me the ‘respect’ baloney. They get talked about and drooled over endlessly by writers, broadcasters, fans, and groupies.

    I paint and write and have sold both. Do I have to make more than anyone else? No. There’s plenty for everyone if people like your work. I’m not so insecure that I have to make $1 more than the next guy or I feel ‘disrespected’.

  32. Raise the ticket prices, and tell me when they go on sale and where to send the check.

    The whiny Viking trolls are commenting negatively only because they wish Rodgers was available to the Vikings. That’s it. They all talk as though somehow they know what makes Rodgers tick. What a joke.

  33. Just read that Cousins agent is asking the final four teams in the bidding process to pony up 90 million for 3 years… guaranteed money. These contracts are getting stupid… for unproven QBs.

  34. nhpats says:
    March 3, 2018 at 11:48 am
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    Well when the possible contract for Kirk Cousins was floated around plenty of people pointed out that it’s more money than Rodgers gets who is a better QB. Maybe Rodgers feels the same way and wants to ensure he’s getting market value. As with most jobs in life how about you stop worrying about another man’s money and how much or less they choose to work for?

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    Using your logic Rogers is not as successful at QB as Tom Brady so he should be offered and accept less than Brady. In the end, Rogers needs to decide what is most important to him: getting paid the most or having decent players around him.

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    Actually you are not using my logic at all. You may have been confused by me restating the logic of others on here. I never even stated my belief or logic but since you seen curious on where I stand then my logic is any player should be paid what the market indicates their worth. What another player signed for in another market has little bearing on what this market dictates no matter how much better you think that player is. And most importantly unless the guy is a public official paid with tax money stop worrying about another man’s money. That’s my logic and my philosophy.

  35. It’s easy for me to say but I swear I would take a little less to allow to build a strong team and have chance of winning 2-3 more super bowls. He is making a ton in endorsements already and would make a ton more with a couple more rings !!!

  36. ninefingers9 says:
    March 3, 2018 at 12:17 pm
    Nick Foles has won as many SB’s as Rodgers. Let that sink in.
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    I let it sink in. Here’s what I learned;

    Foles had the good fortune to play against the most overrated group of pretenders in years, in the Vikings. Especially that “vaunted” defense. Stinky.

  37. If Rodgers is waiting to see what other QBs get paid I say Pack should wait and see how well does on his reconstructed shoulder in 2018 and look to do a new contract next spring instead of this one.

  38. Rodgers, who patiently has been waiting for a new contract, is content to wait a little longer./
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    Rodgers has 2 years remaining on his contract. How is that “waiting patiently”? I’m glad he’s getting a new contract because it will eat up more salary cap, but in no way should the Packers redo his current contract. It hurts the team, all because one guy needs an ego boost. Who cares that other QB’s got a big raise? Not the Packers problem.

  39. stellarperformance says:
    March 3, 2018 at 1:22 pm
    Raise the ticket prices, and tell me when they go on sale and where to send the check.

    The whiny Viking trolls are commenting negatively only because they wish Rodgers was available to the Vikings. That’s it. They all talk as though somehow they know what makes Rodgers tick. What a joke.
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    We are all very happy Rodgers is about to eat up even more of your salary cap. Just like we were happy that when your defense needed help, you signed a malcontent tight end instead. Now, there is no question Rodgers has been an excellent regular season QB in the past. But, the Vikings do not want a soon to be 35 year old QB that is coming off a throwing shoulder injury for $30 mil a year. BTW: I think everybody knows what makes Rodgers tick. Money and ego. I know what doesn’t make him tick as well. Family, friends, and anybody that doesn’t grovel at his feet. It’s all well documented.

  40. Considering the Cheese Cheater can’t run an offense at all without free plays provided by the defense pre-snap penalties, it would figure he’d wait for someone else to make a move.

    I hope he is injured again – but this time for good.

    I’ve lost so much respect for this fraud player who continually shows he cannot run a productive offense without free plays. If you watch his last three years, he is inept without free plays.

  41. kingcheese says:
    March 3, 2018 at 1:24 pm
    It’s easy for me to say but I swear I would take a little less to allow to build a strong team and have chance of winning 2-3 more super bowls. He is making a ton in endorsements already and would make a ton more with a couple more rings !!!
    ////////
    When it’s all said and done, people talk about GOAT for what players did on the field. And, on the field in the playoffs and the SB. Certainly not salary. AR is one of the greatest of all time….IN THE REGULAR SEASON. And he is 35 years old, coming off a broken throwing shoulder. His time is running out to be included in any conversation about the greatest QB’s to ever play the game.

  42. Brady just wants to win, and Rodgers just wants to get paid. I wonder who we’ll see on the field in Atlanta next February 3.

  43. As if no other player in the NFL has waited to see what the market brings…..that’s how the game is played. You want to blame the meteoric rise on the cost of paying players, blame the agents. They’re the ones threatening to hold out their clients if they don’t get what they want.

  44. Green Bay should pay Rodgers 90% if the salary cap since he’s 90% of their team. The team instantly goes from top 5 to bottom 5 the second he gets injured.

  45. Here’s a better way to figure his value. ARod has missed 20% of his regular season games in the past 5 years (16 of 80). If Rodgers is to be paid as the highest paid QB in the game, let that figure be x. Then it stands that, x – 20% will be his fair value. If he plays all 80 regular season games, then he’ll receive a bonus of the 20% he gave up at the contract signing.

  46. The whiny Viking trolls are commenting negatively only because they wish Rodgers was available to the Vikings
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    He trolls Viking stories then cries about Viking trolls. How very Packer fan of him.

  47. “But Rodgers has clearly proven himself, and for years. He actually deserves to be at the top of the market.“
    Sure, because he’s not fragile and he’s won so many titles.

  48. Viking trolls are fascinated by the Packers and Packer fans. They want what we have so badly, they think insults and putdowns are equalizers. The Packers had a throw-away season and how did the Vikings take advantage? They pretended to be relevent. The truth hurts. Their vaunted defense failed to show up for six straight quarters, during the most critical crunch time you could ask for. Pretenders. If it weren’t for a fluky play which enabled them to sqeak past a better team, they’d have easily added to their all-time NFL record for one-and-done postseason appearances. Inside their heads, they’re screaming “why can’t we have what the Packers and their fans have and enjoy?????!!!!!????”

  49. I have to smile at all the gloom and doom comments on this thread about Rodgers and his “injured throwing shoulder”. I’m an ortho RN, and can say with certainty a broken collarbone is far less serious than a torn rotator cuff, for instance (which he doesn’t have). He’ll be just fine, until Tony Barr fish flops on him again.

  50. if he breaks the bank he’ll probably retire with only one ring. too bad, he’s a good one, waited behind farve too long and injury prone. rodgers played well in big games when he got his chance, unlike some guys with two rings who choked but had great defenses.

  51. lot of smack from the fans of a team that was shut out (didnt score any points in case you’re wondering what that means, stella) in 25% of their regular season HOME games.

  52. packrh8tr says:
    March 3, 2018 at 7:10 pm
    lot of smack from the fans of a team that was shut out (didnt score any points in case you’re wondering what that means, stella) in 25% of their regular season HOME games.
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    A lot of smack from the obsessed trolls of a team that had the oath to glory paved, without the Packers in the way. The Packers season was a throw-away. It didn’t bother me in the least.

  53. conormacleod says:
    March 3, 2018 at 2:21 pm Family, friends, and anybody that doesn’t grovel at his feet. It’s all well documented.
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    Please point out the “grovel at his feet” documentation. Until then you just seem like you don’t like the guy.

  54. The Packers season was a throw-away. It didn’t bother me in the least.

    >>

    Then you’re not a real Packer fan.

  55. So an over rated stiff with a bum shoulfder that hasnt won anything in years and has 2 years left on a contract he signed of his own free will is now “patiently” waiting for a new one?

    Why do playets expect teams to tear up contracts and shell out massive amounts of more money when they play well? Ive never seen a player go to management and say I played poorly last season, lets redo my contract for less money and fewer years.

    You signed it Aaron…..play it out…if you can.

  56. Frazier28/7 says:
    March 3, 2018 at 9:06 pm
    The Packers season was a throw-away. It didn’t bother me in the least.
    >>
    Then you’re not a real Packer fan.
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    ……….and I don’t love my country unless I agree with Trump on everything.

    Please.

  57. kingcheese says:
    March 3, 2018 at 1:24 pm
    It’s easy for me to say but I swear I would take a little less to allow to build a strong team and have chance of winning 2-3 more super bowls. He is making a ton in endorsements already and would make a ton more with a couple more rings !!!

    /////////////////

    Peyton is the only NFL player making money after retiring. Sorry Brett hawking copper socks is not. Rodgers does not have the personality to make money with endorsements. Bleeding GB for crippling contract is on its way.

  58. Rodgers will be one of the most sought after commentators when his career comes to an end. Without question. He’s smart, affable, and knows his stuff.

    In the meantime, he should be the highest paid player, and the NFLPA wants it that way. They want the salaries to continue to rise to record setting levels. The increases in caps enable it all to continue as-is. The wishful thinking for the demise of the Packers is the same rhetoric we’ve heard for more than twenty-five years.

    The Packers are in great financial condition, Rodgers will get what he is worth with less wear and tear, the front office changes were long overdue, and everything is looking very positive.

    The Viking trolls are gritting their tooth because they know I’m right and they had their chance with the Packers out of the way and they blew it.

  59. bondlake says:
    NO ONE is worth the kind of money he is asking for.
    >>>>>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
    Are ANY of the NFL players worth that kind of money ? NO.
    But it is what it is and in professional sports it's the price you pay to compete and draw a full crowd of fans on game days.

  60. packrh8tr says:
    March 3, 2018 at 10:53 pm
    the new aaron rodgers…playing like he did at carolina
    <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    At least we HAVE a QB………. Just sayin’ ……..

  61. packertruth says:
    March 3, 2018 at 11:33 pm
    the same old Vikings…failing miserably in big games.

    #remainusedtoit
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    No shame in getting beat by the eventual world champs.Bring your one man band to the Bank again.Vikes will play eight Barrs of Symphony of Destruction.

  62. mrdarkness13 says:
    March 4, 2018 at 3:55 pm
    No shame in getting beat by the eventual world champs.Bring your one man band to the Bank again.Vikes will play eight Barrs of Symphony of Destruction.
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    I agree. Taking out Rodgers unnecessarily has been the best bet for the Vikings for quite awhile now.

  63. stellarperformance says:
    March 4, 2018 at 4:45 pm
    mrdarkness13 says:
    March 4, 2018 at 3:55 pm
    No shame in getting beat by the eventual world champs.Bring your one man band to the Bank again.Vikes will play eight Barrs of Symphony of Destruction.
    ////////////////////////////////////////////

    I agree. Taking out Rodgers unnecessarily has been the best bet for the Vikings for quite awhile now.
    /////////%

    STILL butt hurt over a play that happened over 5 months ago. Sorry Vikes broke your QB. Maybe if your GM could manage and your coaches could coach you may have made the play-offs. Thought you said Packers had one down year and it didn’t bother you. Obviously it does.

    Dark days ahead for the Packers,only question is will your main man stick around and finish or will he be under center somewhere else in 2020.

  64. No, the throw-away season doesn’t bother me. I was responding to the fight you were picking, which is a daily pastime of a typical Viking fan.

  65. He should play out his existing contract and see where the Packers are at that point.

    GB has SERIOUS work to do if they intend to maintain their success over the last 25 years.

  66. if he breaks the bank he’ll probably retire with only one ring. too bad, he’s a good one, waited behind farve too long and injury prone.
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    He wasn’t ready when he was drafted.

    The Packers didn’t even believe he was ready in 2008. They offered Favre the chance to win the job.

  67. screamingyellowzonkers said:

    GREAT News !!!
    I want king Aaron to bleed the packer payroll dry.

    They should change their name to the Green Bay Rodgers.

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    The Vikings are trying to get Kirk Cousins who wants to top the current highest-paid QB contract. So, if Rodgers waits until that deal is done, and demands, say $2 million more, the Packers are still getting the better deal because Rodgers value is much greater than that of Cousins at $2M less. The Packers could pay Rodgers $8M more per year than Cousins, and they would still be getting the better deal. The Packers know that signing Rodgers to a new contract now is better for them than waiting until his current deal expires.

    The Vikings are over-rated. And they showed that in the playoffs, winning one game on a miraculously lucky play, followed up by that total meltdown against Philly. A new QB who is less than elite (Cousins) isn’t going to change anything. The only thing that will be different at the end of next year for the Vikings is that they will have extended their amazing streak of years in the league with no championships to 58.

  68. stellarperformance says:

    March 3, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    Raise the ticket prices, and tell me when they go on sale and where to send the check.

    The whiny Viking trolls are commenting negatively only because they wish Rodgers was available to the Vikings. That’s it. They all talk as though somehow they know what makes Rodgers tick. What a joke.

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    Well we know the Packers defense will be terrible yet again. Rodgers will have to put up 30+ points every game. This new contract for Rodgers will break the bank and make your team even worse.

  69. stellarperformance says:

    March 4, 2018 at 8:25 am

    Rodgers will be one of the most sought after commentators when his career comes to an end. Without question. He’s smart, affable, and knows his stuff.

    In the meantime, he should be the highest paid player, and the NFLPA wants it that way. They want the salaries to continue to rise to record setting levels. The increases in caps enable it all to continue as-is. The wishful thinking for the demise of the Packers is the same rhetoric we’ve heard for more than twenty-five years.

    The Packers are in great financial condition, Rodgers will get what he is worth with less wear and tear, the front office changes were long overdue, and everything is looking very positive.

    The Viking trolls are gritting their tooth because they know I’m right and they had their chance with the Packers out of the way and they blew it.

    —-

    We had our chance? lol. The Packers and Vikings have the same win-loss record since Zimmer took over. THE SAME! We have either swept or split with you for the past 4 years.

  70. This new contract for Rodgers will break the bank and make your team even worse.
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    Rodgers is the Packers only chance to win.

    The Packers can’t seem to duplicate their model from 2010. That’s a Packers problem, not a Rodgers problem.

  71. “It gets ridiculous when $21,000,000 is underpaid.”

    KH221 – it gives me great pleasure to confer on you the “Captain Obvious” award for this week, and I say that with all respect.

    In MY day the players (football, baseball, hockey and basketball) had to have off-season jobs to make ends meet.

    I am an old coot.

  72. > Nick Foles has won as many SB’s as Rodgers. Let that sink in.

    …and Trent Dilfer has won more SB’s than Dan Marino. Your point?

  73. Of course he should wait. If the Packers want to sign him to an extension now, then there’s no reason for him to hurry because the current market will probably be reset by the Cousins deal. And if they wait for a year or two to extend him then the rate will be even higher.

    It’s the nature of the beast. It’s the market setting a player’s value. I don’t get why people get so worked up about what players get paid. Yes – they get A LOT of money for playing a game – good for them. They’ve worked hard to get to where they’re at. They wouldn’t get paid lots of money if the NFL wasn’t a cash cow.

    We’d all do it if we could. They get paid a lot of money because they have very specialized talents that are WORTH that much in the NFL.

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