With media reports stating that two-time NFL MVP in Green Bay Packers quarterback, Aaron Rodgers in talks to earn upwards of $33 million a year, my question is; is he really worth that much.
Accomplishments and stats-wise, Rodgers ranks amongst the all-time best ever to step on a football gridiron.
- Super Bowl champion and MVP (XLV)
- Two-time NFL Most Valuable Player (2011, 2014)
- NFL career best passer QB rating (103.8)
- 13:1 touchdown to interception ratio.
Since being taken with the 24th pick of the 2005 NFL Draft our of Cal, Rodgers has thrown 313 touchdowns to only 78 interceptions, passed for 38,502 yards and completed 65.1 percent of his passes.
While all of these stats are common knowledge to stat geeks such as myself, there is no doubt that Rodgers is worthy of such a historic deal. My concern is that it’s going to set a bad precedent that will only drive inflation of NFL salaries.
Look at the recent deals for Kirk Cousins, Jimmy Garrapolo, Derek Carr and Matt Ryan. Not to say that none of them didn’t deserve the money they got, but if I’m the agent of say…Tom Brady, Cam Newton or even Russell Wilson, you’d best believe Is be speed-dialing the owner.
And don’t even get me started on the thought of what a “max deal” may look like for Blake Bortles, Carson Wentz, Jared Goff or Dak Prescott.
The NFL and NFLPA need to come together on this and hammer out some sort of “salary cap” based on position, so that it protects teams and players, while ensuring competitive balance.
Make no mistake, Rodgers–in my opinion–is the best QB of this current era, and deserves everything he gets, but such a contract right now would send the wrong message and would be a setback and a real “discount double check” for all teams for years to come.
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