The Green Bay Packers and Aaron Rodgers have come to an agreement on a contract extension through the 2014 season. Rodgers will make over $11 million per year and $20 million in guaranteed money, placing him amongst the highest-paid quarterbacks in the NFL.
It's a great thing for Rodgers and for the Packers, but I can't help but to feel that the move is a little premature.
Those who have read my articles or seen some of my comments regarding Aaron Rodgers know that I love Rodgers as the Packers quarterback. But dedicating the next six years of a professional sports franchise based on an eight-game sample (included is the game in Dallas last season) is somewhat unfair to the player in question.
Thus far, Rodgers has been one of the top five quarterbacks in the league this season and could potentially make the Pro Bowl in his first season as a starter. No doubt, his performance has been good enough for top dollar in the NFL.
But now, after signing this huge deal, he'll have to live up to it. I wouldn't know, but I can imagine that throwing a football with $66 million dollars worth of pressure on your shoulders can't be easy.
If anyone has the temperament to handle the early pressure, though, it's Rodgers. He survived everyone's worst memories of playground football after being the last player selected out of the green room at the 2005 NFL Draft. He also rode out the tumult of the number one drama of the summer, the Brett Favre Show, and emerged from it as a legitimate star in this league.
Only time will tell if Rodgers will live up to the amount of money the Packers will pay him, but if his history tells us anything, it's that we shouldn't bet against him.