The Green Bay Packers should have all of their draft picks signed by the end of this week, which is refreshing to hear considering how difficult it could sometimes be in the past. This means all rookies will be able to attend camp on time and not miss anything they will need to know in order to make an impact on the team. With that being said, I thought it would be interesting to see the Packers top 20 player salaries for the 2012 season.
|Player||Salary (M=Millions)||Contract/Extension Signed||Expires|
|Charles Woodson, CB||$11.562M||2010||After 2014|
|Aaron Rodgers, QB||$8.500M||2008||After 2014|
|Tramon Williams, CB||$7.381M||2010||After 2014|
|Greg Jennings, WR||$7.347M||2009||After 2012|
|A.J. Hawk, LB||$6.531M||2011||After 2015|
|Jermichael Finley, TE||$5.750M||2012||After 2013|
|Ryan Pickett, DE||$5.737M||2010||After 2013|
|Donald Driver, WR||$5.000M||2010||After 2012|
|Josh Sitton, OG||$4.800M||2011||After 2016|
|B.J. Raji, NT||$4.255M||2009||After 2013|
|Desmond Bishop, LB||$4.245M||2011||After 2014|
|Jeff Saturday, C||$4.000M||2012||After 2013|
|Jordy Nelson, WR||$3.825M||2011||After 2014|
|James Jones, WR||$3.100M||2011||After 2013|
|Mason Crosby, K||$2.400M||2011||After 2015|
|John Kuhn, FB||$2.400M||2011||After 2013|
|Clay Matthews, LB||$1.930M||2009||After 2013|
|Bryan Bulaga, OT||$1.847M||2010||After 2014|
|Derrek Sherrod, OT||$1.500M||2011||After 2015|
|Jarrett Bush, CB||$1.433M||2012||After 2014|
I am certainly not surprised to see cornerback Charles Woodson at the top of the list, although, there is a good chance Aaron Rodgers will be No. 1 before the season is over due to the highly-anticipated salary extension he rightfully deserves. Arguably the best quarterback in the league cannot be making under $10 million a season after winning the NFL Most Valuable Player Award and two years removed from winning the Super Bowl along with Super Bowl MVP honors.
It is important to note wide receivers Greg Jennings and Donald Driver will be free agents after the 2012 season. The Packers will have to figure out a way to lock Jennings up long-term, which should not be a problem due to him wanting to stay in Green Bay. Hopefully, the Packers will re-sign Driver to a one- or two-year deal, but more likely they will not re-sign him at all with the emergence of Randall Cobb.
It is also critical Green Bay gives Clay Matthews and B.J. Raji long-term contract extensions as they are crucial pieces to the defense. Both players will require big-time extensions but it should be easy to work out considering they both enjoy playing for Green Bay. It is nice to win a Super Bowl with a young team and a potential future Hall of Fame quarterback leading the squad because those young talented players will want to remain with the Packers organization in hopes of adding to the legacy.
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