Aaron Rodgers has earned the title of NFL MVP twice throughout his time with the Green Bay Packers. So attempting to lock down the quarterback with a new contract is a simple determination for the staff. Rodgers’ deal is ready to run out after the 2019 season and is comparatively low-cost for considered one of the greatest gamers in the NFL.
“We’d certainly like to get it done sooner rather than later,” Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst said at the NFL Combine of Rodgers’ contract. “When you have the best player in the National Football League, it’s not going to be inexpensive. Obviously Aaron is a high priority, he’s a great player, and that should take care of itself at some point.”
Getting that contract performed could be troublesome, although.
According to a report from Yahoo’s Charles Robinson, Rodgers hasn’t been pleased with the staff just lately. The quarterback desires extra enter when the Packers are making choices that impression him.
That sticking level, and different obstacles, could create a contentious scenario between Rodgers and the Packers that takes years to achieve its conclusion.
Rodgers desires extra inclusion when choices are made
Since Gutekunst took over as basic supervisor in January, the Packers moved on from quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt and made a change to the large receiving corps by releasing Jordy Nelson, considered one of Rodgers’ favourite targets. Rodgers was reportedly not consulted for both determination.
On Tuesday, he downplayed the report of his frustrations and stated there’s nonetheless curiosity in a deal.
“You have to trust the process … and the process works,” Rodgers said, via ESPN. “They’re paying me to play quarterback … and there’s interest on both side in getting (a contract extension) done.”
But Rodgers sounded a little peeved earlier in the offseason when he was requested about these choices in interviews.
In February, he appeared on ESPN’s Golic & Wingo and was requested about the lack of Van Pelt.
“Well, my quarterback coach didn’t get retained,” Rodgers stated when requested for specifics. “I thought that was an interesting change, really without consulting me. There’s a close connection between quarterback and quarterback coach, and that was an interesting decision.”
Then in April, he was requested about the lack of Nelson. Via ESPN:
“I think it’s pretty clear that players play and coaches coach and personnel people make their decisions,” Rodgers stated in an interview with a Milwaukee radio station late final week. “That’s the way they want it.”
According to Robinson, different established veteran quarterbacks get consulted for choices alongside these strains.
The resolution would appear fairly easy: preserve the star quarterback in the loop. The query is how a lot injury and rapport was misplaced by not doing so sooner.
The large contract figures already made issues delicate
Some of the attainable battle between Rodgers and the Packers is Kirk Cousins’ fault.
It’s not that the new Minnesota Vikings quarterback did something fallacious by leveraging the free company market into an unprecedented, fully guaranteed contract worth $84 million over the subsequent three seasons. It’s that by signing it, Cousins set a customary for what a premium passer will price.
Rodgers, 34, will presumably look for a contract that tops Cousins’ $28 million per year common and can probably need it to be closely — if not absolutely — assured, as nicely.
The Packers should take that form of leap to safe the quarterback, regardless of the proven fact that he missed 9 video games throughout the 2017 season with a clavicle fracture and 7 video games in 2014 attributable to the identical damage.
There’s not a lot cause for Rodgers to take something lower than the most profitable deal in NFL historical past. And there’s cause for the Packers to be reluctant about taking such a danger.
It wouldn’t be unprecedented for the franchise to maneuver on from Rodgers, regardless of his contributions to the staff. A decade in the past, the Packers did the identical to Brett Favre — a future Hall of Famer who was a three-time MVP and led Green Bay to a Super Bowl victory.
If a deal doesn’t get performed this offseason, it would solely get messier
Rodgers is because of depend simply over $20.5 million in opposition to the wage cap in 2018 and $21.1 million in 2019. Those aren’t small numbers, however his 2018 hit is ready to be the 17th largest in the NFL — a steal for a participant who’s arguably the league’s most impactful.
In 2017, the Packers began 4-1 earlier than Rodgers obtained harm. They completed the year 7-9 and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2008. It’s simple to make the argument that Rodgers single-handedly makes the Packers a playoff contender, and he does so on a wage that’s comparatively low-cost at the place.
So there actually isn’t an excessive amount of urgency for the Packers to drive a deal after they can preserve the quarterback for two extra seasons at that affordable worth. Then, he could be franchised in 2020, and probably 2021 as nicely, earlier than Green Bay would probably haven’t any alternative however to lose him in 2022, months after his 39th birthday.
That leaves loads of time for a contract to get performed, however now could be when an extension must occur. If it doesn’t, the leverage will tilt decidedly in Rodgers’ favor and his age will solely make the Packers extra hesitant to commit considerably.
Like Cousins in Washington, the prospect of a franchise tag or free company leaves a franchise quarterback little cause to simply accept something lower than a record-breaking contract. If Green Bay hopes to lock down Rodgers with a new deal, it wants to take action now earlier than he reaches a contract year.
Otherwise, the Packers would be clever to start grooming his substitute. It would be a prudent transfer, however probably wouldn’t ease the tensions between the staff and Rodgers.
And, in response to the Yahoo report, the staff additionally isn’t do itself any favors by icing Rodgers out of personnel choices.