Rodgers set for big pay day, but Packers must be careful

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (WBAY) - Everyone expects Aaron Rodgers to get a new contract extension soon, probably this offseason. With Alex Smith’s trade and mega-dollars extensions, Rodgers now sliced to 7th place on the QB pay list.

Rodgers is currently making $22 million per season. If a new deal surpasses Matthew Stafford’s league-best $27 million per year, it will have been a well-deserved pay day. But simply having the best quarterback and paying him the most doesn’t guarantee.

“It’s bizarre sometimes,” said Super Bowl color commentator Cris Collnsworth of the Packers lack of Super Bowl appearances. “As much as you want to say it’s all about the quarterback, it’s not all about the quarterback. His greatness is apparent. But what he also had (back when he won Super Bowl XLV) was special teams and the defense to win. He had great players on the other side of the ball too. It’s getting a little later in the game. It is.”

Hall of Fame coach Tony Dungy won his Super Bowl without having to rely on spectacular play from Peyton Manning in the 2006 playoffs. Dungy won that year with defense.

“In this day and age you’ve gotta get that guy that can disrupt in the passing game,” Dungy said. “You have to have that guy that can rush the passer when you’re up 4 with 2 minutes left, that guy that can make a play. Clay Matthews was always that guy in the past, but he needs some help now. To me that’s the number one thing I’d be looking for.”

As far as the Super Bowl quarterbacks and their pay, Tom Brady is only the 14th-highest paid quarterback in the NFL. The Eagles Nick Foles makes $5.5 million per year and starter Carson Wentz only $6.5 million.