So in case you missed it yesterday Joe Flacco became the highest paid player in NFL history. Yup. Read that again. Green squiggly line under that like you read about and not even that uppity Paper Clip has a suggestion. 'It looks like you're trying to make a joke?' Nope Paper Clip. That's an actual fact. 29 MILLION dollar signing bonus. Like simply for putting 'Joe Flacco' on his contract he made almost 30 million. Crazytown; population: Ravens. I mean this guy has a hell of an arm no doubt, but doesn't he kind of strike you as a more talented Dilfer? Doesn't make a ton of mistakes, doesn't make a ton of plays, relies on his defense and gets the ball to Ray Rice. But in no way, shape or form does he strike me as the type of player to be making that type of bank.
So with that news, the question becomes how much are the Packers going to have to Rodgers to keep him in the green and gold for life. Like if Flacco is worth 120 million Rodgers has to be worth what, 150? 180? And I know there are a LOT of Packer fans out there saying 'he should take a discount so he can surround himself with talent and win more Super Bowls!' Same idiots who thought CC Sabathia would take a discount to stay in Milwaukee (please don't reference any Sabathia blog from Oct-Dec of 2008 where I may or may not have been that idiot). The bottom line is no athlete has taken a pay cut in the history of ever. Favre deferred money over a longer deal, as did Brady a week ago. They're still making their money, just later in the deal. Now Rodgers is signed for this year and next, but let's say for the sake of argument/giving me a reason to live, that they win another Super Bowl in the next two years. Is he going to be a 200 million dollar man? Either way if people are wondering why we're cutting bait on so many veterans, this is why. Matthews, Rodgers, Raji all need extensions. Read: If you missed the stock sale last time around you'll have another chance soon.
PS: Lots of people discussing the Jennings non-franchise tag yesterday. No problem with that move whatsoever. Jennings is a great player no question. But he's also injury prone and we just don't have that big of a need at wide receiver to pay a guy 12-14 million. James Jones, Jordy Nelson, and Randall Cobb with Boykin will more than cover us. We need help on the O-line, D-line and linebacking core and that's where we need to spend the Jennings money. Now again, talking about Ted Thompson spending money on free agents is like talking about college kids drinking responsibly, but at least the money is there.
Double PS: Only reason to franchise him would have been to piss in his sister's Cheerios and I'm pretty sure I would have bought another piece of parchment paper to make that happen.