Green Bay Packers quarterback and superstar Aaron Rodgers is not too concerned about his contract. He is currently signed through the 2014 season, but it is expected that the Packers will extend his contract sooner rather than later.
Rodgers has no reason to worry – the Packers are not going to try to pinch pennies with their franchise player. For now, the team and Rodgers will both be keeping an eye on how Baltimore Ravens quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco’s deal shakes out. Flacco reportedly wants to be one of the NFL’s top players and I don’t think there’d be too much argument to the statement that Rodgers is a more valuable and better player than Flacco.
This deal is going to get done and it’s likely to make Rodgers’ the highest-paid player in the league, or at least right up there with Peyton Manning and Drew Brees in the $20 million a year range. In his words, he’s “not stressing” over the situation.
Rodgers has previously expressed gratitude to the Packers for his current contract. After just his first seven starts, Green Bay signed him to a six-year, $66 million deal. It was a huge vote of confidence in the new starter and came after a tumultuous and headache-filled offseason which ended with an acrimonious split with the I’m-retired-oh-wait-I’m-not former starter Brett Favre. Rodgers was, at the time, very appreciative of the organization’s decision, saying, “I appreciate the commitment that they’ve made, and I plan to reciprocate that commitment in my play and hopefully prove to them that they made the correct decision giving me this extension.” I think it worked out pretty well for Green Bay.
After last year’s MVP season, Rodgers spoke about his contract situation and his desire to finish his career in Green Bay:
[The contract] is not something I think about. We were so blessed to be able to have that contract done in 2008. We knew at the time that was more money than I ever could have imagined signing for, and it was a no brainer for me. But we knew if I performed the way I felt I was capable of performing, that by league standards that by the time I got into my third or fourth or fifth season, that I’d be underpaid by league standards. But I don’t look at it that way. I look at it as I’m fortunate to make the kind of money I make and be in the situation I’m in and be with the Packers’ organization. I want to retire as a Packer. They know that, the fans know that, my teammates know that, and this is where I want to be. I’m not worried about [a new contract]. We’re still a few years away from me completing this deal, and whenever it comes time to make a new deal, I’m looking forward to maybe signing my last deal, playing it out, and retiring.
The Packers are lucky that they won’t have to worry about a holdout from their star player and Rodgers is lucky that the team is committed to locking him up for the long term. Packer fans can follow Rodgers’ lead and not stress out about their quarterback being their quarterback for a long time to come.