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.