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Aaron Rodgers, Packers ‘creeping along’ towards record-setting contract, per report

The Packers appear close to making Aaron Rodgers the highest-paid player in NFL history.

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The ongoing negotiations between Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers have garnered considerable attention this offseason, and that trend has held into the preseason. With less than an hour remaining before the Packers kick off its second exhibition game of the year, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Rodgers and the team continue to make progress towards a long-term deal.

Rodgers and the Packers have engaged in contract talks for a significant portion of 2018 without an apparent breakthrough, though both sides have regularly expressed confidence that an agreement would eventually materialize. Schefter described the negotiations as “creeping along,” adding that “top-of-the-market deals [are] always hard” as they establish a new ceiling for the position and Rodgers will become the highest-paid player in league history.

The Packers have two weeks before the start of the 2018 regular season, though they could continue to work with Rodgers on a new deal if they can’t reach an agreement prior to Week 1.

Under Rodgers’ current contract, he will earn more than $21 million in combined salary and bonuses this season, according to Over the Cap. The two-time MVP currently ranks 10th in average salary at the position.