After an impressive showing in the 2012 NFL regular season, the Green Bay Packers were able to clinch the NFC North division title and punch their ticket to the NFL playoffs once again with a record of 11-5.
The Packers got off to a rough start to the season with three losses in the first five games, but were able to turn things around with superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers leading the way. Rodgers played exceptionally well as the season progressed and started to receive recognition as a legitimate MVP candidate for the second consecutive season.
Unfortunately for Rodgers and the Packers, Green Bay was knocked out of the postseason prematurely by the San Francisco 49ers after second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick had a record-setting performance against the team’s defense with 181 rushing yards and four total touchdowns.
Despite the early exit in the playoffs, Rodgers is set to become a rich man in the near future. Rodgers’ current contract will expire in 2014 and the Packers fully intend to sign him to a lucrative contract extension before that time with the one-time Super Bowl MVP more than willing to play another eight years or so in Green Bay via Garrett Johnston of The Green Bay Press-Gazzette:
“I’ve had eight great years there, the last five as a starter,” Rodgers said of his career in Green Bay. “Hopefully I can give them another eight plus years of playing at a high level.”
With Joe Flacco on the verge of a signing a contract extension that will more than likely make him the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL before next season, Rodgers will benefit greatly from the Baltimore Ravens reaching a deal with Flacco before he’s set to sign an extension with the Packers. Green Bay will probably have to match Flacco’s contract or offer Rodgers a bit more than the reigning Super Bowl champion when contract talks start to heat up.
There’s no question that Rodgers has been worth every penny the Packers have paid him and re-signing to a deal that will potentially make him the highest-paid quarterback in the league is a foregone conclusion with the veteran having no plans of playing anywhere else. Rodgers intends to play the rest of his career in Green Bay.
Although Rodgers will be staying in Green Bay long-term, the same can’t be said for Greg Jennings and Jermichael Finley. The Packers are ready to part ways with both players by letting them sign with other teams in free agency next month.