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Rodgers could cost Pack $160M

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08:02 AM ET 03.20 | A significant payday will soon come to quarterback Aaron Rodgers, one that's likely to eat up roughly a sixth of the Packers' salary cap. 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.

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March 20, 2013  08:05 AM ET

Joe Flacco money for Rodgers!

March 20, 2013  08:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Joe Flacco money for Rodgers!

Yuuuuup!!! This is what Rodgers is worth based on Flacco's deal!

March 20, 2013  08:17 AM ET

This is really getting out of hand.

March 20, 2013  08:34 AM ET

Yea think ?

March 20, 2013  08:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Joe Flacco money for Rodgers!

He deserved a good payday, but I don't think Joe Flacco is worth "Joe Flacco Money".

March 20, 2013  08:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

This is really getting out of hand.

Big time.

March 20, 2013  08:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

This is really getting out of hand.

If something isn't done to stop this we're going to have Richie Rich QBs and the other 52 players scratching to get by. Oh wait! That would be just like our country. My bad.

March 20, 2013  08:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

If something isn't done to stop this we're going to have Richie Rich QBs and the other 52 players scratching to get by. Oh wait! That would be just like our country. My bad.

It's the American way.

March 20, 2013  08:47 AM ET

Pay him more. Eat up all your salary then load up the roster with high schoolers and day workers.

Go Vikings!

March 20, 2013  08:54 AM ET

Will Rodgers hit up McDonalds after he signs his contract, like Flacco did?

March 20, 2013  08:55 AM ET

The signing bonus will be huge, it will be spread out over the length of the contract, his base will be relatively small and money backloaded. With the new CBA rookie pay scale that keeps them low wage for four years, it all evens out.

March 20, 2013  09:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Will Rodgers hit up McDonalds after he signs his contract, like Flacco did?

He'll probably just buy it.............

March 20, 2013  09:21 AM ET

Gee totally shocked. Wait till I slap my own face. Ouch!
Ted Thompson has known this for several years thus, no money on free agency, letting pro bowlers walk - Wells, Jenkins, signing late round 5,6 7 rounders and un drafted guys to suit up. That's the problem. You got one guy who will command a mountain of money due to the Flacco deal. Flaco in a way destroyed the Packers all by himself.

This team will never be competitive again or at least for a long long time. Mathews contract is also coming up.

March 20, 2013  09:24 AM ET

Rodgers' package will be very impressive indeed.

March 20, 2013  09:24 AM ET
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Pay him more. Eat up all your salary then load up the roster with high schoolers and day workers. Go Vikings!

Ya and those idiot fans keep posting how the Vikes are stuck with Ponder. Ya but they also have the money to get top free agents, top pass rushers, the best kicker and now runner in the league, a great defense. They forget Ponder only have to throw short passes because they have a running game to speak of that gets a lot of the yardage. If the Pack does better than 6-10 this year I will be shocked.

March 20, 2013  09:27 AM ET

What I don't understand is these guys get these HUGE contracts then they are shocked when they can't keep everyone else on the team (Joe Flacco disappointed they lost Boldin). There comes a point when that huge salary precludes the team from surrounding him with the same people that made him successful in the first place. Next thing you know, he's getting the crap kicked out of him because his OL is made up of journeymen (at best) and his receivers can't get open because they are equally pathetic. Then the QB will complain that the team doesn't have any talent and how can he expect to succeeed when they don't surround him with the players he needs. Of course, they can't do that because he's eating up 20% of the salary cap. I would not be surprised if this eventually gets so bad that the QB gets half of the cap money for a team. I don't know what you guys think but money has completely ruined professional sports.

March 20, 2013  09:27 AM ET

Ironically, if I were Rogers I would not sign a contract now. In a year and a half your contract is up, look around and see what kind of team your on and if its full of high schooler's and bums, move on. Hey there may be a team in LA in two years. You can return home and play a lot of golf.

March 20, 2013  09:28 AM ET

They need to put in a cap for players by position imo QB can only make x amount of money maxx etc for other positions, the ravens screwed every team in the nfl by giving flacco that contract

March 20, 2013  09:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Ya and those idiot fans keep posting how the Vikes are stuck with Ponder. Ya but they also have the money to get top free agents, top pass rushers, the best kicker and now runner in the league, a great defense. They forget Ponder only have to throw short passes because they have a running game to speak of that gets a lot of the yardage. If the Pack does better than 6-10 this year I will be shocked.

You bring up a good point. If these 'franchise' QBs are going to demand more money ('franchise-wrecking QBs') then why not go out and sign one that is medicore and surround him with better players. It might be better to be able to afford five or six high-priced skill players than one QB and no skill players.

 
March 20, 2013  09:32 AM ET

All these QBs are foolish. They all want the maximum payday as some sort of D*ck showing contest about who is the biggest man.

But in reality, when there is a salary cap and you pay your QB 20 million, your team is going to be deficient in one or more other areas and you will not win the super bowl.

So apparently they choose money over winning. I wouldnt. Once you have 50 mill in the bank, what is 60 ? They only have a limited time to play the game, i would rather take a reasonable salary and win. I wouldnt need my manhood determined by a salary but rather my play and my winning and peformance on the field and how the guys in the locker room feel about me.

fools. Tom Brady chose winning over money. He is the man.

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