The question is not if, but when the Green Bay Packers will give quarterback Aaron Rodgers a lucrative new contract. reported Tuesday that a league source with knowledge of the situation believes the Packers will take care of Rodgers soon.

There was no indication how soon, but it’s not inconceivable the Packers would address Rodgers’ contract needs sometime this offseason.

Rodgers will be paid $9.75 million this season, which makes him one of the most underpaid players in the NFL. The going rate for elite quarterbacks is in the neighborhood of $20 million per year, and the Packers will be expected to pay up before Rodgers’ contract expires following the 2014 season.

The Baltimore Ravens made quarterback Joe Flacco the richest player in the NFL on Monday by signing him to a six-year, $120.6 million deal.

Rodgers and Flacco have started five seasons in the NFL, with Rodgers holding a commanding edge in career statistics.

Rodgers has a 104.9 career passer rating with 171 touchdown passes and 46 interceptions and has thrown for 21,661 yards.

Flacco has an 86.3 career passer rating with 102 touchdown passes and 56 interceptions and has thrown for 17,663 yards.

Jeff Saturday, who served as Rodgers’ center for 14 games this past season, said on ESPN’s “NFL Live” on Monday that Flacco’s contract will help Rodgers at the negotiating table.

“I am sure he (Rodgers) is happy this number is as big as it is, because he knows he is going to go above it,” Saturday said. “If you look at him as a quarterback, what he has done for the team the past three years, I don’t know that there’s been a run quite that good in the history of the NFL.”