The Green Bay Packers and Aaron Rodgers should not try to make him the highest paid player of all time. Contracts extensions for quarterbacks have gotten greater and greater every season as the NFL’s money continued to grow. Jimmy Garopolo just became the highest paid player in NFL history on a per year basis and he’s started only seven games in his career. Prior to that, players such as Matthew Stafford, Derek Carr and Andrew Luck continued to outdo each other for the league’s top contract. While Aaron Rodgers is certainly in another realm compared to these four, he doesn’t need to go to the table asking for the record-breaking money. Rodgers has consistently outperformed them all, which makes the deal he’s currently playing on a bargain for his production. He has always been a winner and should be more concerned with winning titles by allowing the team to bring in a better supporting cast.

The team has the 23rd most cap space to use heading into the 2018 offseason, which will make it difficult for them to sign any notable free agents to major deals. They also have a number of free agents of their own to manage that were key contributors in 2017. While the team and Rodgers have not been urgent to get an extension taken care of, they will have to wait until next season or next offseason if it takes too long to get him locked up. Rodgers has expressed previous desire to spend his entire career with Green Bay if it’s possible. However, he gave fans some cause for concern when he said that he might have to go somewhere else if the team decides to move on while referencing Brett Favre. The issue with fans getting worried was that he said it would only come to that if the team chose to move on. Rodgers did not say that he wanted to leave.

The team and Rodgers want to win titles while he’s still at the height of his powers and slicing up defenses. While the argument can be made that Rodgers should become the NFL’s first 200-million-dollar man and the highest paid ever, the two sides should not be overly eager about making that happen. Of the four players that I have mentioned besides Rodgers, none of those four teams made the playoffs this season, although the 49ers may have if Garoppolo had started the entire season. All of the teams have issues with none having a ton of talent at all positions, which one thing that could point to that is not having the cap space. When looking at the New England Patriots, Tom Brady has long taken deals for less than his true value in an effort to better enable management to surround him with strong talent.

Rodgers and Brady have different skill sets, but Rodgers should take a page out of Brady’s book and take a discount with the expectation of the team to give him more help. Rodgers is certainly going to get paid and will continue to be playing at a discount, but there will be a lot more talent around him now than there used to be.

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

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