GREEN BAY – Yes, Aaron Rodgers will be paying attention to what happens in the Baltimore Ravens’ contract negotiations with quarterback Joe Flacco, the Super Bowl XLVII MVP from the Ravens’ 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. But the Green Bay Packers quarterback said Tuesday he isn’t worried about when he’ll get his own deal done.
Flacco is set to become an unrestricted free agent when the new league year begins March 12, and his new deal could eclipse those of Peyton Manning and Drew Brees, whose contracts are the most lucrative of any quarterback in NFL history.
Rodgers is under contract with the Packers through the 2014 season, having signed a six-year, $65 million contract in October, 2008 that contained $20 million in guaranteed money. His base salary for 2013 is $9.25 million; his 2014 base salary is $10.5 million. Brees’ contract averages $20 million per year. It stands to reason that Rodgers and his agent, David Dunn, will be very interested in what Flacco and his agent, Joe Linta, end up getting from the Ravens.
“I think everybody is going to see what Joe (Flacco) ends up signing for,” Rodgers said on his weekly radio show on 540 ESPN and ESPNWisconsin.com on Tuesday. “I’m sure they want to lock him up. He’s a great player – had an incredible run in the playoffs – and I’m sure they want to keep him around. A guy like that, with the post-season success he’s had, you want to keep a guy like that around for a while.”
Asked if it was more important to be the NFL’s highest-paid quarterback or sign a deal that pays him what he deserves while also leaving the team cap maneuverability to sign other players, Rodgers replied, “It kind of is what it is, as far as that goes. The team, when they’re ready to talk contract, we’ll get there when we get there.
"Obviously you’ve got to be able to have guys around you to compete and win every year, and we’ll see what happens with some of the free agents that we have. When that time comes, we’ll get a deal done. I’m not worried about that. I think the Packers want to keep me around for a little while longer, and I’d love to be a Packer for life.”
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