There are two ways to look at this.
At an average of $22 million annually, Aaron Rodgers is still underpaid by NFL standards. In 2017, jerks like Andrew Luck, Carson Palmer, Drew Brees, Kirk Cousins and Joe Flacco will have higher average salaries. With the possible exception of Brees, none of those other dopes can touch Rodgers.
More so, we all know the value of Rodgers to the Green Bay Packers.
When you only “draft and develop” and you have a high percentage of undrafted free agents getting significant playing time, then you’re more or less counting on the greatness of your quarterback to lead you through each and every year. Therefore, that guy should get paid accordingly.
The second way to look at this is pretty simple. The more the Packers pay Rodgers, the less money they have left over to pay other guys.
So let’s forget about the pipe dream of actually adding an outside free agent for a second. You pay Rodgers more, you’re then going to lose more of your own guys, who you have supposedly spent all of this time developing.
Rodgers was on Wilde and Tausch this morning and they asked him about Mike Glennon — Tampa’s backup — being the hot free agent QB this offseason. Glennon is reportedly in line for what some — us included — would consider an asinine payday for his body of work.
Has no one learned from the Brock Osweiler debacle in Houston? Apparently not…
Aaron Rodgers on if Mike Glennon possibly getting $15M/year in free agency should lead to talks about his own contract: "I think it has to."
— Jason Wilde (@jasonjwilde) March 8, 2017
So if some clown show pays Glennon (18 career starts, 4,100 yards, 30 TDs, 15 INTs, 84.6 rating) that kind of money, then obviously Rodgers feels he should earn more.
Ironically, it appears the clown show in question here will be none other than the Chicago Bears.
Is Rodgers right?
Sure, going back to reason No. 1.
Here is what else I would say to Aaron Rodgers.
You want to “reload” and be “all-in” this season as you said at the end of last season? You want some support? Maybe an actual semblance of a defense?
Because you’re aware that if your defense can stop someone that there’s less pressure on you, right?
Then you should be the first guy standing in line to help out the team so they can go out and get that No. 1 cornerback or another pass rusher or maybe re-sign Nick Perry, Jared Cook AND T.J. Lang. Two of those guys actually directly affect your own success.
Frankly, this is easy.
This is the final year Rodgers’ current contract will have bonus money count against the salary cap. The Packers could convert some of his future salary into a bonus, give it to him now and then have more flexibility in future years. The bonus would be prorated over the remaining years of the deal and it would lesson Rodgers’ salary and thus, his cap number.
The Packers could also extend the deal, which runs through the 2019 season, put more money in the form of another, larger bonus and gain additional financial flexibility.
Tom Brady does something like this for the Patriots seemingly every year.
So, your move, big guy!