Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has spent the first 13 years of his illustrious NFL career with the Green Bay Packers as their franchise cornerstone under center. Through much of that time, he has been the driving force of the team pushing them to much success along the way.
However, Rodgers is heading into the fourth year of his five-year, $110 million deal that has pressed forward the talk about his long-term future with the Packers. According to Michael Cohen of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, team president Mark Murphy stated that he wants the 34-year-old to play his entire career in Green Bay.
There is mutual interest on both sides to get a new deal in place, but it will now take an even more committed approach by the Packers in wake of Kirk Cousins fully guaranteed three-year, $84 million deal. Cousins has proven to be a formidable quarterback through his career, but Rodgers has performed at a step well above him as arguably being the most talented quarterback in the league.
He has been the face of the franchise for nearly a decade and has led the team to plenty of success on the field while being in that pristine position. Rodgers may be coming off a season where he suffered a broken collarbone, he is well worth the risk given the elite level of production he has continued to provide up to this point in his what will be a first-ballot Hall of Fame career.
There are still two more years left on Rodgers' current contract, but getting a new extension in place will be something that the team will look get out in front of in order to avoid it becoming a distraction. If the Packers present him with an offer that shows that they value him in the way that he has earned over the years, it should be a swift process to getting him under another lucrative long-term contract.