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Pack's Rodgers nearing $25M per year deal

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08:03 AM ET 03.29 | Aaron Rodgers won't have to wait long to break the bank. It could be a week or two. Perhaps a month or two. But given the ongoing negotiations between the star quarterback and the Packers, the progress to this point and the accepted reality between the sides that Rodgers is going to eclipse in most every way the recent record contract signed by Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, it's only a matter of time before he becomes the league's first $25-million a year man. ... It will happen this offseason and after the rumblings I've heard the last few weeks, including the league meetings in Arizona last week, I would not be surprised if a deal was struck before the draft.

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March 29, 2013  08:53 AM ET

NFL contract BS. You get a big bonus, then lower base salaries for cap reasons and then you go from there and redo and redo and in the end, only the guaranteed money counts.

March 29, 2013  09:33 AM ET
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NFL contract BS. You get a big bonus, then lower base salaries for cap reasons and then you go from there and redo and redo and in the end, only the guaranteed money counts.

True! Only in the NFL. NBA, MLB, NHL and MLS get everything.

March 29, 2013  09:56 AM ET

$25 Million p/year QB's are going to have to make a choice between winning/being competitive and $25 Million.

March 29, 2013  10:04 AM ET
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$25 Million p/year QB's are going to have to make a choice between winning/being competitive and $25 Million.

Not if the cap goes up next year. That is a big "IF" however!!!

March 29, 2013  10:07 AM ET
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$25 Million p/year QB's are going to have to make a choice between winning/being competitive and $25 Million.

There's also the choice of making it until the end of the season or getting clobbered because your team can't afford an O-line.

March 29, 2013  10:09 AM ET
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$25 Million p/year QB's are going to have to make a choice between winning/being competitive and $25 Million.

Agreed. As great a QB as Rodgers is, I have a tough time believing that any athlete is worth quite that much money. Generally speaking, at what point do teams/players/agents realize that any more than that ultimately keeps them from having enough quality players in other skill positions to be competitive at least, or winning championships at best?

March 29, 2013  10:10 AM ET
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That is a big "IF" however!!!

+1. The owners got what they wanted in the recent CBA. I think it will be a while before they go out of their way for the NFLPA.

March 29, 2013  10:22 AM ET
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$25 Million p/year QB's are going to have to make a choice between winning/being competitive and $25 Million.

Cause the Packers are big spenders??? When the rest of your team is on rookie contracts, its not a big deal.

March 29, 2013  10:40 AM ET
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Agreed. As great a QB as Rodgers is, I have a tough time believing that any athlete is worth quite that much money. Generally speaking, at what point do teams/players/agents realize that any more than that ultimately keeps them from having enough quality players in other skill positions to be competitive at least, or winning championships at best?

No athlete is worth that much money but in Rodgers' case you can at least see the difference he makes to the team. Compare that to a CEO that makes 10-20 times that much and how much impact they have on an organization. In any discussion about people who are grossly overpaid you have to start with corporate CEOs.

March 29, 2013  10:58 AM ET

Well Eagles ain't paying anywhere near that, and we have no o-line and our QB alway get clobbered

March 29, 2013  11:10 AM ET
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Not if the cap goes up next year. That is a big "IF" however!!!

It goes up the next few years, but consider, the money has shifted is all. Used to be those draft picks in the first two rounds got big, guaranteed bucks, ie. JeMarkus Russell $68 million $31 million guaranteed. That rookie pay scale saved money was to go to proven vets. Look at the rookie end and factor that in. Teams are going forward with less team caps but keeping about as many vets as they did before the new CBA.

March 29, 2013  11:12 AM ET
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$25 Million p/year QB's are going to have to make a choice between winning/being competitive and $25 Million.

Teams have always lost guys in FA and had to choose who to keep. That has not changed. The % going to a few players, ie qBs WRs has gone up. Shifting of priorities is all.

March 29, 2013  11:12 AM ET

Just remember, I will always love you Aaron!

March 29, 2013  11:15 AM ET

That money that used to get thrown at RBs LBs and is now going to QBs WR and CBs.

March 29, 2013  11:33 AM ET

Because everyone needs $25 million per year to put food on their family.

March 29, 2013  11:37 AM ET

If the cap was $200 million there would still be owners going over it and most teams bumping up against it. That is why the owners wanted it lowered, to protect themselves from each other.

The owners set the price, the player and his agent just ask.

March 29, 2013  12:24 PM ET

$25 million per year!!?? Rodgers is being greedy; he should think about his teammates and give some of that money to sign <insert player's name here>. To show our disgust, I think we should have a cheese-out. All FN members immediately stop buying cheese, and don't buy again until Rodgers has signed a contract that both a 2nd grader and the Question Mark Guy can agree is "fair."

Are you with me?

March 29, 2013  12:32 PM ET

Does Green Bay make the Playoffs this Year?

 
March 29, 2013  01:01 PM ET
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Just remember, I will always love you Aaron!

With 25 Mill in his pocket? I can definitely see why....

Good for Rodgers if he gets it. But this is GB, give them the hometown discount.

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