Is it any wonder why the Green Bay Packers want to extend Aaron Rodgers’ contract, even though his deal runs through 2014?
The going rate for high-profile quarterbacks certainly isn’t getting any less expensive, even though the salary cap has remained relatively steady the past few years and is expected to remain that way.
After winning the Super Bowl, Baltimore’s Joe Flacco was rewarded with a six-year, $120.6 million contract. That deal included $52 million guaranteed.
On Friday, Dallas handed Tony Romo a six-year extension worth $108 million. Romo, who was entering the final year under contract, will receive $55 million guaranteed. Romo, with just one playoff win in six full season as the starter, is under contract through 2019.
Those megabucks contracts are on the heals of last year’s deals for New Orleans’ Drew Brees ($20 million per season) and Denver’s Peyton Manning ($18 million per season).
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Rodgers and the Packers are closing in on an extension that would average $25 million a year. It would be a huge raise, with Rodgers scheduled to make base salaries of $9.25 million this season and $10.5 million in 2014.
It also would have enormous ramifications in how the team is built.
Rodgers won a Super Bowl in 2010, was named league MVP in 2011 and guided the Packers to their second consecutive NFC North title in 2012. He led the NFL with a passer rating of 108.0 this past season, and his career mark of 104.9 not only is an NFL record but is a whopping 8.1 points better than second-place Steve Young. Rodgers’ 28.06 points per start also is an NFL record, just ahead of Tom Brady’s 28.01. Over the last two seasons, Rodgers has thrown 84 touchdowns against 14 interceptions. That 6-to-1 ratio blows away Brady’s second-ranked 3.65-to-1 over the same period.
In other quarterback news:
— The Raiders — led by former Packers personnel director Reggie McKenzie — reportedly are trying to acquire former Packers quarterback Matt Flynn from the Seahawks in exchange for undisclosed draft picks in 2013 and 2014. Flynn, who was given a three-year, $19.5 million contract by Seattle in free agency a year ago, was beaten out by third-round pick Russell Wilson. That contract is one potential sticking point in a trade, as the Raiders have cap issues.
— The only pro day of note was at Tulane. The Packers were there, and the headliner was quarterback Ryan Griffin. Griffin (6-5, 221) threw for 9,036 yards and 56 touchdowns as a four-year starter. As a senior, he threw for 2,771 yards and 20 touchdowns despite missing three-and-a-half games. He was academic all-Conference USA and MVP of the Texas vs. The Nation All-Star Game, where he went 14-of-18 for 214 yards and two touchdowns.
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