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)
General manager Ted Thompson has Baltimore to thank for his newest conundrum. The Ravens went ahead and made quarterback Joe Flacco the top paid quarterback in the NFL, despite not really being it.
The gross overpayment for the aloof Flacco means Green Bay now has to actually pay their more talented quarterback north of what Flacco received.
The contract the Ravens gave to their signal caller hamstrung the team so much, they had to fire sale the rest of the team right after winning the Super Bowl. Aaron Rodgers current contract takes up one sixth of the Packers payroll and has prevented the team from going into free agency.
Peyton Manning did it with Indianapolis and now with Denver, however, Tom Brady restructured his deal so the Patriots could go out and get players to help them get better.
According to Tom Silverstein of JSOnline.com, the Packers have a decision to make, do they restructure Rodgers with two year left in the deal, or do they hold his feet to the fire with a relatively good cap hit in 2013 of $9.75 and risk bad feelings down the road?
‘All signs point in that direction as negotiations on a long-term contract extension advance.
As that deal matures, roughly $20 million of the cap will go to Rodgers and $100 million will go to the 52 other players on the roster, as well as those on injured reserve and the practice squad.
The Packers are preparing to take a huge step this off-season in signing Rodgers to what stands to be a contract worth anywhere from $110 million to $160 million, depending on the length of the deal. His signing bonus alone could be $30 million and the guaranteed portion could be more than $40 million.’