As the quarterback dominoes fall, the landscape for Aaron Rodgers’ next contract gets a little clearer. Matthew Stafford signed a new deal with Detroit last August that made him the highest-paid player in the NFL. Jimmy Garoppolo topped that this month, getting a rich new deal from San Francisco. And when free agency opens, Kirk Cousins almost surely will pass that. But there’s still plenty to be determined for Rodgers, who will be in line for a record-setting contract this offseason, assuming the Green Bay Packers work aggressively to extend their quarterback’s deal with two years left on it. That’s a fairly safe assumption. They don’t want to let Rodgers get inside of two years if they can help it. But if the most recent quarterback deals have helped clarify Rodgers’ parameters, there still are several factors in play as negotiations commence. Among them is whether the Packers place much priority on getting a deal done before free agency begins in mid-March so they will have a good idea what their salary cap will look like going forward. Also, there’s the very important question of just how hard Rodgers will try to maximize his deal. Will he be more like Peyton Manning, who pushed for the most money he could get? Or will Rodgers again be more like he was in 2013, when he signed what has to be characterized as a team-friendly deal on his last contract extension?
Aaron Rodgers' road to a record-setting deal
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Feb 18