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Packers Are Blowing it by Not Making Tangible Progress on an Aaron Rodgers Extension

12up logo 12up 7/21/2018 Garnet Crocker
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​Aaron Rodgers is the best quarterback in the NFL. Hands down.

He is probably one of the top five quarterbacks of all time.

Despite that, the Green Bay Packers seem content to let contract negotiations with their superstar passer drag out, failing to make progress during any juncture we've checked in at.

​Several times, Packers officials have said that they hope to work out an extension with Rodgers soon. Yet Friday's report shows that they have still made little to no progress.

Green Bay is extremely lucky that Rodgers is a classy guy who loves the organization and doesn't want to make a big public scene. ​But they should not squander that luck by taking advantage of the quarterback's good-natured acceptance of the status quo.

Rodgers knows that he deserves a better contract, and he is certainly waiting for the Pack to give him the security we can't imagine him seamlessly earning with another organization. The longer Green Bay waits, the more it will weigh on Rodgers' mind, whether he shows his frustration or not.

Green Bay should not assume that Rodgers' silence indicates contentment. They should not force Rodgers to play out the last two years of his contract and then franchise tag him if all else fails.

Yes, that strategy would save the team money, but it also has the possibility to corrode one of the best relationships between quarterback and team in the entire NFL.

Furthermore, ​Rodgers' claim that he will play until 40 is not too far-fetched. Giving him a long-term extension despite opening the 2018 season at 34 is not a bad idea. He has already said that he wants to stay in Green Bay for that entire six-year duration to four decades, so he should be reasonable in negotiations.

Just pay the man what he deserves. It would be heartbreaking if dragging out this process led to bad blood between ​Rodgers and the Packers.

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