Aaron Rodgers Is Worth It

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Updated: April 13, 2013

Aaron Rodgers is reportedly close to a new deal with the Packers and if it ends up being a record setting contract, he’s worth it.

Rodgers, 29, has been the starting quarterback in Green Bay for five seasons and has already won an MVP award, a Super Bowl, and a Super Bowl MVP.

A.J. Hawk, Rodgers’ teammate, talked about his QB recently and had a couple interesting things to say about the potential deal.

“He deserves every dime he’s going to get. He’s going to get a billion dollars,” Hawk said. “Be he’s one of the best in the world and he deserves everything.”

Rodgers’ accolades and stats make what Hawk said extremely reasonable. The Packers QB has thrown 171 touchdowns over his career to go along with 21,661 passing yards. What’s more impressive is the fact that Rodgers has only thrown 48 interceptions in his career and has only thrown more than 8 interceptions in a season twice (13 in 2008, 11 in 2010). The best season for Rodgers statistically was in 2011. Rodgers won the NFL MVP after he threw a career-high 45 touchdowns, career-low 6 interceptions, and career-high 4,643 passing yards.

After he was drafted with 24th overall pick by Green Bay in the 2005 draft out of Cal, Rodgers was Brett Favre’s backup for three seasons. When Favre “retired” in 2008, Rodgers took over and has been the starting QB for the Packers since.

Rodgers should get a 6-year-deal and buckets of money. Pinpointing an exact amount is tough because you never know how much will be guaranteed. Overall, Rodgers deserves the largest contract in total, and the largest amount of guaranteed money ever.

Earlier in the offseason, Joe Flacco, 28, signed a 6-year $120.6 million dollar deal with the Ravens, making him the highest-paid NFL player ever. Flacco’s deal guarantees him $52 million overall. The deal was great for Flacco, even if it might have been more than he deserved. But for Rodgers, the deal was even better. Rodgers is much better than Flacco, and arguably one of the top three quarterbacks in the league.

When the Packers extend Rodgers, he should set a new record for a contract. If he doesn’t, A.J. Hawk will be very surprised.

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