A.J. Hawk knows what everyone else does.
Whether that day is today, tomorrow or sometime before the 2013 season, the Green Bay Packers are going to make Aaron Rodgers the highest-paid player in NFL history.
When it happens, the Packers veteran linebacker believes the the MVP quarterback will be worth every penny.
Talks between the Packers and Rodgers on a potential contract extension are ongoing, along with that of four-time Pro Bowl linebacker Clay Matthews.
Some national reports have indicated Rodgers and his agent, David Dunn, would like to get the deal done as soon as the start of the team’s offseason conditioning program, which begins Monday.
Whenever it does go down — a deal that’s expected to exceed the six-year, $120.6-million contract Joe Flacco signing shortly after winning the Super Bowl — Hawk said he’ll be in favor of the move during an interview with the NFL Network's "NFL AM" on Thursday.
“Let’s be honest, all of us minions have nothing that we can offer Aaron that would even come close to anything that he would get,” said Hawk, who earlier this offseason agreed to take a $7.5-million pay cut over the next three seasons.
“He deserves every dime he’s going to get; he’s going to get a billion dollars, probably, so I’m OK with anything they want to give him because he’s one of the best in the world and he deserves everything.”
During the rest of the interview, Hawk addressed how the Packers’ defense will bounce back from their poor showing in a 45-31 loss to San Francisco in the NFC Divisional playoffs last January, the return of Desmond Bishop and the Bears parting ways with Brian Urlacher.
On what the Packers defense needs to do to regain traction following their loss to the 49ers in the playoffs last season:
“It’s tough. A loss like that, especially when an offense kind of has their way with you, it’s tough to come back from. But we’ll be back, we’ll be ready. We’re starting here with our offseason stuff this coming week. Coach Dom Capers has a lot of good things in store for us and there’s nothing you can do but try to get up and start fighting. To lose and end your season like we did, you feel like you let everyone in Green Bay down; we let our offense down for sure with how we played as a defense. We need to make sure that doesn’t happen again.”
On what they can expect from a healthy Desmond Bishop:
“Desmond is such a good athlete and he’s so dynamic, it brings so many different things to the table. He’s not only an emotional leader on our team and a great player, but just having his presence out there will be great. He can do so many things well; he rushes the pass really well, he’s great in man coverage and he likes to be physical, which I have a lot of respect for that. We’re definitely looking forward to having him back on the field.”
On Brian Urlacher no longer playing for the Chicago Bears:
“It’s definitely going to be weird. I’m going into my eighth year, so I’ve seen a lot of things that you never thought you would see. I came in and played two years with Brett Favre, and with his whole situation that happened you would never think that things would end like that. I’m sure it was a little bit of a shock for everyone around the league when they heard Urlacher wasn’t coming back (with Chicago). It’s tough to stay with it especially the older you get. He did so much for the rivalry (between the Packers and Bears) and he’s done so much for the Bears that I have respect for any guy that plays in the league, let alone a guy that has made an impact like him.”