Within the span of a few minutes this afternoon, news Adam Schefter of ESPN and Ian Rapoport of NFL.com traded tweets discussing the big elephants in the Packers' front office this off-season: Aaron Rodgers' and Clay Matthews' contracts.
First up was Schefter, who dropped some dollar values on us in regards to Clay Matthews' contract:
When deal for Packers LB Clay Matthews gets done this off-season – and it will – it will come in at or north of $13 million a year in new $.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 3, 2013
So if we say Clay gets $13 million per year and Rodgers will get something around $22 million per year...that is a total of $35 million annually for two players. Please excuse me while I get a migraine thinking about the salary cap implications of all this.
Just a few minutes later, Rapoport piggybacked on Schefter by throwing this little tidbit out there:
That confirms that $13 million is the minimum that Matthews will end up getting. So he's got that going for him, which is nice. Rapoport's other interesting comment from this afternoon then gets into the timing of the other big contract:
When #Packers QB Aaron Rodgers arrives for offseason conditioning on April 15, he'd like to have a new contract. Call it a benchmark— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 3, 2013
Well, if that's what Aaron Rodgers wants, I'm going out on a limb to say that's what he's going to get. The Packers are already willing to make him the highest-paid player in the NFL, so I don't expect too many more hurdles need to be overcome, even if they are $2 million per year apart.