After a MVP-caliber season, Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers reportedly wants to capitalize on his big year with an even bigger contract, according to Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio.
Rodgers, who still has three years left on his current deal, could be angling to be paid in the same range as the four quarterbacks who are paid much more in average new-money value. After losing in the NFC Championship to Tom Brady's Buccaneers, Rodgers had this to say when asked where does he go from here.
"A lot of guys' futures, whether uncertain -- myself included -- that's what's sad about it most...There's a lot of unknowns going into this offseason now," Rodgers said postgame. "I'm going to have to take some time to weigh (my options) for sure, clear my head, and just kind of see what's going on with everything."
That's certainly not the assurance Packers fans wanted to hear following such a gut-wrenching loss, but it certainly did perk the ears of the rest of the league. With Washington still looking for an answer at QB, no matter how unlikely securing his services would be, new general manager Martin Mayhew would certainly have to enter the Rodgers sweepstakes should he become available.
Remember, Green Bay did begin to look into the future with their draft night moves to trade up for Jordan Love in the 2020 NFL Draft. While Rodgers was looking for more help in the playmaking department, Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst opted otherwise.
It proved to not matter too much for Rodgers, who produced a career-year in which he set franchise records for passing touchdowns (48) and completion percentage (70.7%). Meanwhile, Rodgers' 121.5 passer rating was the second-best single-season mark in NFL history, only behind his 122.5 rating set during his MVP and Super Bowl-winning season back in 2011.
While the Burgundy and Gold search for other available veteran QBs such as Detroit's Matthew Stafford or Houston's Deshaun Watson, Rodgers would certainly be the best of the bunch.