We all know how important a quarterback is to the game of football. If you don’t have a quarterback that can play consistently and put up average to above average numbers, the football team won’t do too well and we’ve seen some of that before our very eyes today. There are five very important people to every football team today. The owner, general manager, team president, head coach and your quarterback. This off-season so far, two quarterbacks have received extensions to remain with their teams. Joe Flacco received a 6 year/$120 million which made him the highest paid player. As the month of March was coming, the Cowboys extended Tony Romo to a 6 year/$108 million deal with $55 million guaranteed which made him the highest paid player in the league. I had very strong opinions about these two receiving these deals. Then, Tom Brady takes a pay cut to remain with the Patriots.
There was one question we all wanted the answer too this off-season: When would Aaron Rodgers get his extension? Flacco and Romo are good but Aaron is in a class of his own. This guy has done nothing but put up big numbers since he replaced Brett in the green and yellow in 2008. He’s led the Packers to the playoffs the last three season since 2009 and has won a Super Bowl as well leading the Pack to a title win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2010-11. He has emerged as the best quarterback in the league and what’s there not to like about him and his game? He doesn’t necessarily the strongest arm but he’s pinpoint accurate. He can get the ball down the field and put it where his receiver can only get to it. Nobody is better at throwing a back shoulder fade than Aaron Rodgers. He can establish himself in the pocket but is truly at his best when he extends the play and makes things happen with his feet. He’s won an MVP and put together one of the best seasons by a QB with 46 td passes and a league low 4 interceptions in 2011. He also lead the Packers to an undefeated 13-0 start as well. He’s been nothing but consistent since he became the starter. Averages a completion percentage of 69-70% of his passes and is a perennial Pro Bowler year in and year out.
Yes, we’ve all wondered when Aaron was going to get paid. Clay Matthews got paid before the team’s QB did. Today, our questions have been answered. The Packers and Aaron both agreed to an extension of 5 years and $110 million deal. $40 million is guaranteed and this contract surpassed Joe Flacco’s deal given at the beginning of March. I stated once before I was very vocal about the Flacco deal. Aaron deserves every penny and dollar given in this deal. The Packers have been considered to be one of the top teams in the NFC and #12 has much to do with all of that. Since he became a starter, the Packers are 53-27 in the last 5 seasons. This was well earned and this is now the highest salary per season in NFL history.