Packers, Rodgers nearing historic contract extension; Flacco sets the bar
With a $20.1 million average annual salary, Flacco set the bar high for Rodgers, who many consider to be the game's top quarterback. Look at it this way: Flacco got his massive pay day as a result of an impressive playoff run that ended with him winning Super Bowl MVP and hoisting the Lombardi trophy. Rodgers has won a Super Bowl MVP as well, and also has a regular season MVP to go with it, which Flacco does not. As a matter of fact, Flacco has never even made a Pro Bowl, which Rodgers has done three times.
What Flacco supporters will point out is the quarterbacks' records - Flacco has a regular season record of 54-26 while Rodgers is just a hair behind at 52-26. Rodgers' record, however, is dragged down by a 6-10 season during his first year as a starter. You can't really blame Rodgers, who was the centerpiece of the Packers' 5th ranked offense, for the team's struggles that season. Since 2009, Rodgers' record is 46-16, while Flacco's is 43-21.
Their playoff success is similar, and Rodgers has a clear advantage over Flacco in the regular season. Rodgers set the record for quarterback rating in 2011 at 122.5, and has a career rating of 104.9, while Flacco's career rating is 86.3. Rodgers also has an absurd 84:14 touchdown to interception ratio over the past two seasons, while Flacco's ratio is 42:22.
What does all of this mean? Well, both Rodgers and the Packers have kept quiet regarding how much this extension will be worth, but sources around the league expect the annual salary to be as high as $25 million.
Before long, Aaron Rodgers is going to be the highest paid player in NFL history - by far.