- Height / Weight
- 6'2" / 225 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- December 2, 1983 (34)
- 14th Season
- 2005 / Rd. 1 / Pk. 24 (GB)
The Green Bay Packers and quarterback Aaron Rodgers are currently in the middle of a contract negotiation that will likely make Rodgers one of the highest paid players in football. According to reports by Mike Garofolo, Rodgers is also seeking additional player control. Rodgers is currently under contract for the next two seasons. At $22 million on average per season, Rodgers was one of the highest paid players when he signed his current deal in 2013. However, following a recent slate of new contracts for other signal callers, he finds himself in the middle of the pack in quarterback pay despite being one of the league's absolute best at the position. The contract negotiations are aimed at rectifying this problem. Besides the two more years in which he is under contract, Rodgers could easily be franchised for several more so he does not have much bargaining power. Rodgers would like to avoid this problem in the future by including a player opt-out clause in his next contract. This would increase his leverage if he wants to renegotiate in order to avoid the problems he is currently facing.
On Thursday, Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst said that he expects a new contract with quarterback Aaron Rodgers to get done soon. Gutekunst said that both sides were actively working on it. Gutekunst also said that one reason there has been a delay in reaching a new deal is that both sides are waiting to see if other quarterbacks like Tom Brady or Matt Ryan get new deals. This would affect the market rate for quarterbacks. Rodgers still has two years left on his contract and could conceivably be franchised fairly easily for another two years after that, so Green Bay has no reason to rush this. Rodgers would like a new deal that would make his salary more competitive with other quarterbacks around the league, and Green Bay seems eager to keep their star happy. There were some reports about the two sides growing further apart after Rodgers expressed disappointment that he was not more involved with some personnel decisions. However, these statements by Green Bay's new general manager are surely a good sign.
At several points this offseason, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has hinted that he has been unhappy that he has not been included in discussions related to certain personnel decisions. Chief amongst those instances were Green Bay's decision to move on from quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt as well as Rodgers' close friend, wide receiver Jordy Nelson. Now there are reports that this discontent may prove to be an obstacle in getting Rodgers a contract extension. It is unclear how much of a role Rodgers wishes to have in front-office decisions. It seems like he would merely like to be looped in to what is happening. Regardless, Green Bay does not have much incentive to include him. Rodgers' contract is not up for another two years. The current negotiation goal is simply to put Rodgers' salary near the top of the quarterback market in order to keep the peace. In the long run, these issues will likely only be a road bump towards a long-term solution.