The total amount will be contingent on the exact length and terms of the deal.
After thoroughly outplaying Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Colin Kaepernick, and guiding the Ravens to a 34-31 upset victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII, signal caller Joe Flacco agreed to a six-year pact for $120.6 million with Baltimore to become the highest-paid player in NFL history in February.
Although consistently producing in “Charm City,” and being blessed with the strongest arm in the league today, the 28-year-old Flacco can’t scrub Rodgers’ jockstrap.
The 29-year-old Rodgers, a three-time Pro Bowl selection who has tossed 171 touchdowns, in contrast to a measly 46 picks, for 21,661 yards in 85 games, is the preeminent passer in the sport today.
Despite performing behind a line that couldn’t block Clay Aiken, Rodgers, who the Packers (12-6) selected out of the University of California with the 24th pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, still somehow managed to throw for 39 scores, against eight interceptions, and 4,295 yards last autumn.
The 6-foot-2, 225 pound Rodgers, the Super Bowl XLV MVP, inked a six-year contract for $65 million in October 2008 that is now grossly outdated.
Although the payday will strap Green Bay financially, the Packers can’t afford to gamble on a franchise leader like Rodgers and the team is wise to quickly move to avoid ugliness or even the threat of a holdout.
As a living Lambeau legend, Aaron Rodgers should retire as a Green Bay Packer.by