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08:04 AM ET 04.04 | Packers GM Ted Thompson didn't make any waves in free agency, but he wasn't exactly on vacation. The Packers are closing in on a deal that will make Aaron Rodgers the highest-paid player in the NFL. The quarterback would like to have the new contract in place by April 15, which is when the team reports for offseason conditioning, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport. Once Rodgers' contract is settled, Thompson will turn his attention toward finalizing deals for outside linebacker Clay Matthews and defensive tackle B.J. Raji. Rapoport was told that the Packers' latest offer to Matthews already eclipses Dallas Cowboys pass rusher DeMarcus Ware's six-year, $78 million contract worth $13 million annually.

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April 4, 2013  08:09 AM ET

What does that leave to spend on the rest of the roster?

April 4, 2013  08:12 AM ET
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What does that leave to spend on the rest of the roster?

All the frivolous stock they sold their fans enables them to sign a few more players.

April 4, 2013  08:32 AM ET

It sure sounds like Green Bay could be in cap hell. Sorry, Aaron, but your salary means that your O-line will be made up of guys no one else wants.

April 4, 2013  08:35 AM ET

The contract is not eligible for the discount double-check

April 4, 2013  08:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

The contract is not eligible for the discount double-check

Too easy. :)

April 4, 2013  08:50 AM ET

13 Mil a year for a 1 dimensional player? Sure seems like the Pack are spending themselves into mediocrity.

April 4, 2013  09:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

What does that leave to spend on the rest of the roster?

plenty.

when youre a team that builds through the draft - not through overpriced mediocre free agents - you take care of your own. im surprised all these genius arm chair gms cant figure it out...

April 4, 2013  09:14 AM ET

"Highest paid in the NFL" is purely a figure of speech nowadays. Yesterday it was Brees, today it's Flacco tomorrow Rodgers, next week the next player coming into a contract year.

April 4, 2013  09:17 AM ET
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13 Mil a year for a 1 dimensional player? Sure seems like the Pack are spending themselves into mediocrity.

one dimensional?

gbs defense vs. the run is night and day with him in the lineup and hes become fairly decent in coverage. hes a lot more than a pass rush specialist.

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April 4, 2013  09:37 AM ET

He does know if they backdate some of that payola he can file an amended tax return. april 15th...Really?

April 4, 2013  09:38 AM ET
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one dimensional?gbs defense vs. the run is night and day with him in the lineup and hes become fairly decent in coverage. hes a lot more than a pass rush specialist.

Might be night and day, but it is still one Cloudy Day even with him.

April 4, 2013  09:53 AM ET
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one dimensional?gbs defense vs. the run is night and day with him in the lineup and hes become fairly decent in coverage. hes a lot more than a pass rush specialist.

Disagree. He's as one dimensional as you get. Run right at him he's a non factor.

April 4, 2013  10:13 AM ET

Coming your way soon from the Green Bay Packers to Green Bay Packer shareholders: "We are asking you to contribute $5000 or more per share to the Save Aaron and Clay Fund. At the $5000 level ..."

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April 4, 2013  10:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

plenty.when youre a team that builds through the draft - not through overpriced mediocre free agents - you take care of your own. im surprised all these genius arm chair gms cant figure it out...

Very true, they draft well. But not perfectly. I bet they would've liked to have better depth at o-line. If so, they may have won another SB in the past two years.

April 4, 2013  10:35 AM ET
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Very true, they draft well. But not perfectly. I bet they would've liked to have better depth at o-line. If so, they may have won another SB in the past two years.

I actually think the Vikes have it right. You get free agents who have a lot in the tank left, fill an immediate need, not something two years down the road, then draft quality picks to develop. You need both. TT picking all these so called 5th and 6th rounders and un-drafteds ends up with people that were there for a reason. They got injured often, lacked skills, lacked talent and all the coaching in the world ain't making these guys pro bowlers.
The Vikes drafted three rookies who made the pro bowl. Ted's number 1 and 2 last year were pretty much busts. and will be until they prove they were worth the picks. good luck with that.

April 4, 2013  10:39 AM ET
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That "stock" is worthless.

The stock was to build 6,000 new seats but your correct, TT can only spend what the team brings in from sales, tickets and TV contract. His counterparts are billionaires with money dripping out of their pockets. They have a problem staying under the cap, Ted has a problem reaching the cap. It bites you in the **** down the road. Especially this year when your forced to give 40% or your money to two players and have to let some very good FA's go buy, guys that would improve the team immediately. The Pack will be 6-10 this year and the Ted Thompson glamore machine will start to tarnish.

 
April 4, 2013  10:41 AM ET
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I'm waiting for the reruns.

Wasn't I cast in the spinoff as Two Face, but I never flip a coin in fear of somebody snatching it?

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