With training camp in full swing and the mystery of Aaron Rodgers is finally settled it’s time to get to work. There are a few potential players that could see a huge pay-day with a contract extension if they can continue to be productive on a consistent basis. Aaron Jones and David Bakhtiari have already received and accepted their contract offers. That probably leaves three significant signings that the Green Bay Packers could potentially make or maybe they won’t and will remain in their old ways by letting veterans walk and not opening up the purse to pay these players what they deserve. Here are my predictions for the next big contract.
I would say the biggest contract as of now for the offensive side of the ball was to get the deal done with Aaron Rodgers. As we all know now, it was never about the money as it was for more insight on the team’s needs in bringing in players to better help the team in winning another Super Bowl, which they haven’t won since 2010-2011 against the Pittsburgh Steelers (31-25).
The Packers were in talks with Devante Adams to possibly make him the highest-paid receiver but Adams ended talks with the team because of the uncertainty of Rodgers coming back for the 2021 season. That being said Adams’s contract will most likely determine if Rodgers stays for the 2022 season which he is contracted to play through.
The latest significant contract that was signed was David Bakhtiari. The three-time Pro Bowler signed a 4 year, $105.5M contract which made him the highest-paid offensive lineman in NFL history. The Packers might have another gem on the o-line in the name of Elgton Jenkins. Jenkins was drafted in 2019 from Mississippi State in the second round. He was thrown into the trenches early after Lane Taylor was injured in week 3 versus the Denver Broncos. On 571 pass-blocking snaps this past season he did not allow a single sack. This earned him his first Pro-Bowl nod as a starter. This contract extension will be later on down the road since he is still in his current rookie contract.
In 2018 the Packers selected Jaire Alexander as the 18th overall pick in the draft. He showed that he could perform at a high level as the team’s fourth cornerback under Mike McCarthy. On May 15, 2018, the Packers signed Alexander to a fully guaranteed four-year, $12.05 million contract that included a signing bonus of $6.84 million. Despite the Packers exercising the fifth-year option, he is set for a huge payday in his final year. In the 2020-2021 season, he made his first Pro Bowl as a starter for the NFC and was later selected to the 2020 All-Pro second team. Alexander became the only cornerback since 2006 to allow negative yards in a playoff game (-3). This took place in the NFC Championship against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Alexander intercepted two passes thrown by Tom Brady during the 31-26 loss. Alexander with his ball hawk skills and proving he can be a lockdown corner to any WR 1, could turn out to be the best cornerback in the league moving forward.
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