Matt Ryan is the newest highest-paid quarterback in the NFL, signing the first contract in league history that guarantees $100 million. Ryan’s deal will average roughly $30 million per season.
Next up: Aaron Rodgers. (We think.)
Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst was on PFT Live on Thursday, and he expressed optimism that the Packers would get a deal done with the star quarterback. Although, he suggested Ryan’s deal would be the next domino to fall. Well, that happened.
“There are other players at his position that might be negotiating contracts as well. Just getting all those tucked away before we get ours done,” Gutekunst said. “Deals of this magnitude always take some time. But I don’t think there are any roadblocks in front of us from getting there.”
Of course, at the league meetings, Packers president Mark Murphy said he’s confident the team would reach a deal with Rodgers this offseason.
When the team reported for offseason workouts, Rodgers said he wasn’t looking at other quarterback contracts; he was only focused on his own contract situation.
“It’s never been about who’s signing when or what the number is,” Rodgers said. “I was the highest paid at one point in 2013, and then obviously a number of guys have gotten contracts. It’s good for those guys, I’m happy whenever anybody gets paid.”
What say you? What’s Rodgers going to command on his next contract? Lake Michigan? The Wisconsin Dells? Time will tell.