Packers Roundup: Rodgers could be looking at a big raiseWisconsin Sports
-- There’s a report that the Green Bay Packers are getting ready to devote up to one-sixth of their future salary caps on quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
GREEN BAY - There’s a report that the Green Bay Packers are getting ready to devote up to one-sixth of their future salary caps on quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel says the Super Bowl champion and 2011 MVP quarterback could be in line to get $110-to-160-million, depending on the length of the deal. And up to $40-million of it could be guaranteed. And the future salary cap hit for Rodgers could get as high as $20-million dollars for one season. Packers’ president Mark Murphy says the team wants to get the deal done this year, even though Rodgers has two years left on a contract that’s paying him just under $10-million for this year.
The Journal-Sentinel said it leaves one agent shaking his head, wondering why the Packers don’t wait a year to sign Rodgers – and instead, sign some free agents and make another aggressive Super Bowl run this fall. But former Packers’ contract negotiator Andrew Brandt says the team is wise to seal a new deal for Rodgers now. Brandt signed Brett Favre to a 10-year, $100-million deal with three years left on his previous contract. He said he never wanted Favre to get within “sniffing distance” of free agency. Favre ended up fulfilling all 10 years of that contract – and he played three more seasons with other teams before finally retiring at the end of 2011.
Greg Jennings is already preparing himself for his next trip to Lambeau Field as a member of the Minnesota Vikings. The long-time Packers’ receiver said on ESPN that the Vikes’ annual game at Green Bay will be nothing more than a business trip – and he’ll have no major expectations except to get win. Jennings said he appreciates the support he got from the Packers and their fans over his seven seasons in Green Bay. But as his contract expired, Jennings said the Packers approached the matter as a business decision – and he did the same by signing a deal with Minnesota that will pay him nine-and-a-half million dollars this year. Also, Jennings denied that Brett Favre helped him decide to leave. The two traded phone calls, and Jennings said Favre gave him an honest assessment of what the Vikings were like during the quarterback’s two seasons there.