Morning Buzz: Could Packers fully guarantee Rodgers' deal?
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We’ll start with Pete Dougherty’s column on what is expected to be a blockbuster deal between Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, perhaps sometime later this summer.
As for what Rodgers’ deal might look like, assuming the sides can reach an agreement this offseason, it could go a lot of different ways.
One possibility that has come up in national media is a percentage of the cap. The franchise-tag numbers are based on that, and someday a player will get a percentage deal that will bring raises as the cap rises. But it won’t be Rodgers. He’s the rare player who’s good enough to get it, but with two years left on his contract, he simply doesn’t have the leverage.
If he and the Packers approach this like last time, they will add five years and about $150 million to Rodgers’ deal, with about half that fully guaranteed.
But the agent I spoke with offered a more novel possibility as well. He wondered if the sides might add, say, only three years and $90 million or $95 million, but fully guarantee the whole thing. That would be a first, a fully guaranteed long-term deal in the NFL. It would get Rodgers to $30 million or more in new money and leave the Packers on the hook if catastrophe struck, but it would be more than palatable as part of a five-year deal.
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