Monday, August 04, 2008

One Point About the Brett Farve-Aaron Rodgers Soap Opera That Hasn't Been Discussed Much

Aaron's contract situation:
The Packers signed Rodgers to a five-year contract on July 30, 2005. According to the Green Bay Press-Gazette, he received a $1.5 million signing bonus and $620,000 roster bonus in 2005, and received a $3.01 million option bonus in 2006. His base salary was $230,000 in 2005 and $310,000 in 2006. If he is the Packers' full-time starter from 2006 through 2009, he will add $8.25 million to his salaries from 2007 through 2009. If he is the full-time starter in 2007 through 2009, add $5.25 million to his salaries; and if Rodgers doesn't become the starter until 2008, he'll add $2.2 million to his salary.
Rodgers only has two more years left on a five year contract. If Farve were to retake the starting QB job this season and play only in 2008 (and that's a big if), it would leave Aaron only one season to play out a five-year contract.

The waffling of Farve and the Packers for the past several seasons has cost Rodgers millions of dollars, not to mention playing time in the NFL. Anyone think Aaron would want to play in Green Bay in 2010 and beyond after the way the franchise has relegated the former first rounder to clipboard duties?

If Farve is named the starter for this season then Green Bay would be wise to groom either Brian Brohm or Matty Flynn as the heir apparent to #4, because I doubt Aaron would want to stick around. Whether Rodgers can be a good QB in the NFL remains to be seen... but that's because the Packers haven't given him a fair shot.

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