Over the last 5 years, the Packers Aaron Rodgers has been statistically one of the Top 5 quarterbacks in the NFL. Rodgers has compiled a record in the post-season of 5-3 with a Super Bowl title, a Super Bowl MVP and an MVP season to follow. Rodgers also has one of the best completion percentages and touchdown to interception ratios in the business over that same period of time.
That said, the Patriots and Tom Brady have just signed a new deal so that the team’s signal caller can remain in New England until he’s 40. In addition, Brady’s deal will free up much needed salary cap space.
Brady is set to make $14.8 million this season which seems minimal in comparison to Peyton Manning’s $20 million in 2013.
Rodgers on the other hand is due to make $9.25 this season as he comes into the last year of his deal. The Ravens and their Super Bowl winning Quarterback Joe Flacco are looking to settle on a deal that will pay Flacco between $16-$20 million a year.
Manning has certainly earned his money over time and Brady, who could demand more on the open market, opted to take less now to allow better players to be put around him. Flacco, who isn’t anywhere near statistically as good as Rodgers, Brady or Manning, got hot at the right time and will not only capitalize but will raise the salary bar.
My point is, how much is Aaron Rodgers worth?
Rodgers once told me, “How much is too much?” #12 went on to say that he wants to win, period. If he has to take less money to put good players around him, so be it.
I know that the Packers want to make Rodgers one of the highest paid QBs in all the game but at what cost?
With the Flacco deal looming, I think it would be wise for Green Bay to start laying the ground work for a long term deal that will make everyone, including Rodgers, happy.