Yes it is Rodgers' rookie contract and this original post on the topic was dated August 3, 2005. I noticed that after I posted on this topic. There must be not enough Packer news going on in late May , that somebody brought up old news that is over 21 months old!!
Being a back up to Brett Favre isn't quite the same as players in different positions. To me, your 2nd string QB is like your spare tire. You want a decent one if you have a long way to travel when your tire blows out.None of the incentives have been triggered yet a lot of money has been paid.
Drafting another position that year(like an OG who would have played instead of Klemm) would have been cheaper and more productive.
With the contract expiring after the 2009, there are only 48 regular season games(plus playoffs) to get a return on the investment. The loss of 6 million dollars already will require a considerable amount of high level play over the remaining contract to say this draft pick was worth it.
Hawkins and Whitticker were certainly more productive picks of that draft class.
We better see some maturity and ability from this first round draft pick in August. I look forward with anticipation to the first 2 minute drill for which he is responsible and does not screw it up.
If Rodgers becomes a good starting Quarterback for the Packers, He will be worth every dollar that Packers paid him since 2005. College players that are drafted are always paid on potential. Potential is realized after player becomes productive QB starter for his team. if he does not become one, that is risk NFL teams take all the time. It is the cost of doing business in the NFL.
Look all the problems that Chicago Bears have had finding a good starting QB. The Bears have a least 20 QBs that have started games for Bears since Farve started at QB for the Packcrs in 1992.
Look at problems that Dolphins ( (Moreno), Cowboys (Akman), 49ers(Young) and Broncos (Alway) had in replacing their great long time QBs of the past.
Hope fully this young QB Aaron Rodgers is up to the task to do job here in Green Bay It is going to take patience on part of Green Bay Packer organization and Packer fans the during the adjustment period after Farve retires.
Terrible insight there man. At the time, no one knew if Brett was playing after that season. A QB that was weeks before the draft projected to be a top overall pick fell in the Packers lap.
It was a good move to select him.
You can bash it now all you want and claim you've been saying it for years. But be honest. Think about it as if it were 2005 draft again.
And that's coming from someone who wanted anyone BUT a QB drafted in the first round that year.