Jimmy Garoppolo deal extends buildup to Aaron Rodgers payday
Every time an NFL quarterback signs a lucrative contract extension, the immediate reaction seems to be speculation about what it might mean for a potential blockbuster extension between the Green Bay Packers and quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Last June it was Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr signing a five-year, $125 million contract that briefly made him the league's highest-paid player in terms of average money per year. That soon was eclipsed when Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford received a five-year, $135 million extension in August.
More recently, there was former Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith signing an extension in Washington with $71 million in guarantees.
Thursday afternoon gave us the latest installment of this long-running series when it was reported the San Francisco 49ers and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo had agreed to a five-year, $137.5 million contract.
As the NFL Network's Mike Garafolo indicated in his initial report, the per-year average of $27.5 million for Garoppolo is the biggest deal for any player in league history:
Of course, this also was true of the Stafford and Carr deals. Albert Breer of The MMQB laid out the timeline:
On ESPN, Adam Schefter spelled out how Garoppolo’s deal could have a ripple effect on QB contracts going forward, including Rodgers’.
Plenty of folks see a big payday coming for Rodgers, who is set to earn a mere $19.8 million next season and $20 million in 2019 but likely will receive a record-setting contract extension from the Packers sometime between now and the start of the 2018 season:
Currently, Rodgers' deal isn’t even in the top five when it comes to per-year value:
Of course, Packers fans had their own takes: