The Green Bay Packers and quarterback Aaron Rodgers are “creeping along towards a deal,” ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Thursday, citing a source.
Aug 16, 2018; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) rushes with the football during the first quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Schefter added that both sides are motivated to get a long-term extension done, with the biggest issue being the fact that there is no ceiling on a contract that will make Rodgers the highest-paid player in NFL history.
That mark is currently held by Atlanta’s Matt Ryan, who signed a five-year, $150 million deal with $94.5 million guaranteed at signing in May.
Rodgers, 34, still has two years remaining on his contract. His $22 million annual average, which was the highest in NFL history when the deal was signed in April of 2013, now ranks 10th among NFL quarterbacks. Rodgers can make a little over $20.5 million this season and $21.1 million in 2019 before his contract expires, including roster and workout bonuses.
Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst told PFT Live in May that he expected an extension to get done sooner than later.
A CBS Sports report in May suggested Rodgers would receive around $110 million guaranteed over the first three years of his new deal.
Rodgers, a six-time Pro Bowler and two-time MVP who missed nine games with a broken collarbone last year, made his preseason debut Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
He played one drive against the Steelers, going 2-of-4 for 35 yards with an 8-yard touchdown to free agent signee Jimmy Graham before ceding to Brett Hundley.
—Field Level Media