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Packers Will Look to Extend QB Aaron Rodgers After the 2018 NFL Draft

There’s still plenty to be determined for Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who will be in line for a record-setting contract this offseason, assuming the Green Bay Packers work aggressively to extend their quarterback’s deal with two years left on it, Pete Dougherty, USA Today Network -Wisconsin reports.

The last time Rodgers signed an extension, in 2013, he was in a position much like now. He was one of the top two or three quarterbacks in the league (he’d won a Super Bowl in 2010 and was MVP in ’11). He also had two years left on his contract, which meant the Packers had some leverage, as they do now. If Rodgers wants big money in hand now rather than risk catastrophic injury the next two years, he’ll have to give up a little something.

“He’s going to want some immediate-impact type stuff,” the aforementioned agent said.

As for the timing of a new deal, when Rodgers signed the extension in ’13, the news broke draft weekend in late April. With the stakes involved, it could take until at least the draft, if not later, again this time.

But there’s also the possibility the Packers will push to extend him before the start of free agency March 14. That way they’ll know exactly how their cap looks for the next two or three years regarding their highest-priced player.

Working against that fast timeline is Cousins. Rodgers very well might want to see what Cousins gets on the open market first. Cousins is a good player, but he isn’t in Rodgers’ class. If Cousins gets a ridiculous deal, then Rodgers will gain even more leverage.

“Probably best for Aaron to keep waiting, market can only get better,” emailed one source who works on NFL contracts.

However it goes, Rodgers will come out of this with a record-breaking contract. The Packers don’t absolutely have to do an extension; he still has the two years left on his deal. But they should. The price will only go up if they wait.

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