Agent David Dunn and Green Bay Packers chief negotiator Russ Ball spent a considerable amount of time in Arizona during the NFL Annual Meetings working to hammer out a deal for quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The belief was that a deal will get done sooner rather than later, even with Rodgers' contract not up until the end of the 2014 season.
Rodgers is due $19.75 million over the next two years.
In his next contract, Rodgers is expected to make more than that in each year. Finalizing Rodgers' contract is the Packers' top priority this offseason. Publicly, he been mum about being underpaid. Packers president Mark Murphy recently called it "a priority" and added "we all want to see it get done."
Three NFL general managers predicted Rodgers would eclipse Joe Flacco's $20.6 million per year, likely in a five-year deal. Other quarterbacks who would like new deals, including Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan, are waiting to see what Rodgers gets as they engage in their own negotiations.
Athletes First as an agency represents Rodgers, linebacker Clay Matthews and defensive tackle BJ Raji. All three are up for contract extensions, and the total of their deals could reach a quarter of a billion dollars.
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