Originally written on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 11/9/14

GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 15: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers leaps into the stands after scoring a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys at Lambeau Field on November 15, 2009 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Cowboys 17-7. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, Wis. Ted Thompson and the entire Green Bay Packers' front office deserve a lot of credit for taking care of Aaron Rodgers two years before the team had to. This was not a Joe Flacco situation for the Packers and their star quarterback. Green Bay wasn't in danger of potentially losing Rodgers to another team had this new deal not been agreed upon now. Under no circumstances, however, could the Packers have afforded to let Rodgers' situation play out the way Flacco's did with the Baltimore Ravens. Green Bay has an elite, in-his-prime quarterback and was wise to make sure Rodgers didn't come even remotely close to ever hitting free agency. With a reported five-year, 110 million extension in place, the Packers have locked up Rodgers through age 36. It's a ton of money and the richest deal for any NFL player ever. Giving up that record-breaking amount is a significant undertaking, especially when it could have been delayed. But it's difficult t...
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