With new Chicago Bears quarterback Mike Glennon set to make $15 million over the next three season, life is good for NFL quarterbacks who are able to find a starting gig.
Since the quarterback position is by far the most demanding and important position in the NFL, teams are forced to pay a premium for viable starters.
However, the difference between lower-tiered, mid-range and elite quarterbacks isn’t as stark as expected.
A little less than four years ago, Green Bay Packers superstar Aaron Rodgers signed a five-year, $110 million extension, which was the most lucrative contract extension in NFL history at the time.
However, set to count just $20.3 million against the cap entering the 2017 season, Rodgers is the seventh-highest paid quarterback in the league, which is laughable considering the fact that you can make the argument that he’s the best in the business.
In an interview on ESPN Wisconsin’s “Wilde & Tausch” that aired on Wednesday morning, Rodgers was asked if Glennon, who made just 18 career NFL starts, making $15 million should lead to discussions about his own contract.
“I think it has to,” Rodgers responded. “I think it has to.”
He laughed and then added, “I don’t think I need to expand on that.”
At the time of the extension, Rodgers was very open with his prediction that the deal wouldn’t run its full course, via ESPN.
"This is like many deals, a lot of times you don't see a deal all the way through if you're playing well. It's just the nature of some of these contracts," Rodgers said on that day. "That's a long way off. In order to even get to that conversation, it's going to take many years in a row at a consistently high level of play for me, which I expect to do and I'm going to get myself in the best shape mentally and physically to do that. And hopefully we can have that conversation in seven years, where I can still play and maybe we can keep this thing going.”
When speculation began swirling that Rodgers was unhappy with his current deal on Thursday, he took to Twitter to calm everyone down.
Therefore, it doesn’t seem as though Rodgers is too upset about his current situation, even if it may annoy him that other less talented and less experienced quarterbacks are receiving massive deals.
In the radio interview, Rodgers noted that he plans on playing for many more years, which should make Packers fans very happy.
"I still feel like I've got a lot of great football in front of me," Rodgers said. "And the way that I've taken care of myself better the last few years, I think is going to put me in position to be able to play really well late in my 30s and even in my early 40s possibly if they'd like to keep me around that long and I can still play a little bit.”
By the end of his career, Rodgers will have the opportunity to negotiate a number of high-paying contracts that are in line with his elite level of play.
Since the NFL salary cap continues to climb, he will continue to do pretty well for himself, even if guys like Glennon make just slightly less than him.
In 2016, Rodgers threw for 4,428 yards with 40 touchdowns and just seven interceptions for a quarterback rating of 104.2.
If you were wondering, Glennon went 5-13 in his 18 NFL starts and threw a total of 30 touchdowns with 15 interceptions for a quarterback rating of 84.6.
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