According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Green Bay Packers’ president Mark Murphy admitted that they’re looking to sign quarterback Aaron Rodgers to an extension before the beginning of the season.
For the first time, Murphy acknowledged publicly that the Packers are pursuing a long-term deal with Rodgers that would likely be done before the start of this season and make him the highest-paid player in the NFL.
“It’s a priority,” Murphy said. “I think as an organization, I think we all want to see that get done.”
Murphy said he didn’t know where things stood between Rodgers’ agent, David Dunn, who is here at the Arizona Biltmore, and negotiator Russ Ball. Both Murphy and general manager Ted Thompson have told reporters to check with Ball to see where things stand, but Ball is under strict orders not to talk to reporters.
The Packers don’t have a problem with making Rodgers the richest player in the NFL.
Murphy said the Packers would not have a problem coming up with the cash to fund what is expected to be as much as $50 million in guaranteed money – not all of which will be paid upfront – and has assured Thompson and Ball not to worry about that in negotiations.
The Packers made $42.7 million in profit last year and will probably turn a pretty nice profit this year, too, so they should have plenty of cash around, even with a renovation project going on.
“It’s not an issue at all,” Murphy said. “I think we’ve talked through with Russ and Ted and we have more than enough resources to do whatever they need to do.”
There’s no doubt in my mind Rodgers will get his extension before the season begins. The Packers and Rodgers’ agent have five months to get it done.