June 12, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) enjoys a light moment during the team's mandatory minicamp at Ray Nitschke Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-US PRESSWIRE
Yesterday, we posted about a rumor that Aaron Rodgers is close to receiving a five-year contract extension. The rumor was put out there by a guy who claims to be LeRoy Butler on twitter, and who all evidence points to actually being LeRoy Butler. Jason Wilde of ESPN Wisconsin did a bit of digging and according to his sources, Butler's claim (or whoever @Leap36 is, if it is not Butler), was false.
Here's what Wilde said about the rumor on his Sulia page.
Checked in with someone who'd know if Aaron Rodgers was getting a contract extension. The reply? "100% false. There have been zero negotiations. Nothing." That doesn't mean the Packers and Rodgers' agent, David Dunn, won't strike a deal down the road, or that the team hasn't started budgeting for a new deal. But where LeRoy Butler's tweet/numbers came from is unclear. Dunn reps Rodgers, Clay Matthews and B.J. Raji, and Rodgers said last year he expected the other two to get new deals first.
Rodgers is underpaid, but both Raji and Matthews are much more severely underpaid and have less time on their contracts, so it makes sense that the Packers would do deals with them before Rodgers. The team also has to lock up Greg Jennings sooner rather than later, and has to make a decision on whether or not to offer T.J. Lang a new contract before his current one expires at the end of this season.