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Football: How much is Aaron Rodgers worth?

By Jeff Faraudo
Friday, April 12th, 2013 at 9:30 am in Alumni, Football.

Green Bay Packers teammate A.J. Hawk believes quarterback Aaron Rodgers may get a $1 billion contact — and the star linebacker says the 29-year-old ex-Cal star is worth it.

“Let’s be honest, all of us minions have nothing that we can offer Aaron that would even come close to anything that he would get,” Hawk told the NFL Network.

“He deserves every dime he’s going to get. He’s going to get a billion dollars, probably, so I’m OK with anything they want to give him, because he’s one of the best in the world and he deserves everything.”

Rodgers and the Packers are reportedly working on a new deal that league sources believe will earn him $25 million per season and make him the highest-paid player in NFL history.

Joe Flacco became the NFL’s highest-paid player last month when he signed a six-year, $120.6 million contract with the reigning champion Baltimore Ravens.

Rodgers is under contract through 2014, having signed a six-year, $65 million contract in October 2008. Rodgers’ base salary in 2013 is $9.25 million, while his 2014 deal is worth $10.5 million.

Rodgers passed for 4,295 yards and 39 touchdowns last season while leading the Packers to their fourth consecutive playoff appearance.

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  • Gobears49

    Rodgers could be the most valuable of what I call, for lack of a better tern, the “old school” type of quarterbacks. But football, though a bit more in college than in pro ball, has started to emphasize the benefits in attacking a defense with a quarterback who can also run effectively as a designed play, in addition being able to pass very well. Having this dual threat makes it more difficult on the defense.

    In pro ball, Kaepernick is leading the charge in that area, but there are others. Here’s a good article mentioning the problem facing defensive coordinators who have the difficult task of defending against a quarterback who can run the option from a spread formation, since a QB passes more than he runs.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000159154/article/one-of-kaepernicks-excoaches-wont-help-nfl-teams

    While Juancho will not be happy with me, it seems that the best QB Cal has who can run option plays effectively would be Hinder, not Juancho’s fave Kline. But maybe Kline is the better passer, which is probably most important.

  • Gobears49

    On another topic, here’s an interesting article on one my favorite subjects, Tosh-gate, that I just ran across.

    http://www.dailycal.org/2012/11/02/the-tosh-effect-where-the-2012-recruiting-class-is-now/

  • ConcordBear

    Aaron is still the best QB in the game. If he gets a running game and D the help him you can’t stop him.
    Hope they improve those parts of Packs game so he can win more Super Bowls.
    As much as he is worth I hope he is getting paid in a way that will help his team also win.
    Hope to see Rodgers at New Memorial stadium Soon!
    Love that guy

  • Will

    How much is he worth? Sure as heck better be more than Joe Flacco.