Should the Broncos mortgage the future and break the bank for Aaron Rodgers? – Denver Post

Kiz: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has the Packers and Broncos where he wants them. Begging. Shamelessly. For his services. Green Bay is limbo, leaning back to keep Rodgers happy. Maybe Nathaniel Hackett was the best man for the coaching job in Denver, but I think the main reason was his buddy relationship with Rodgers. As the climax of this football melodrama looms, the Broncos will not only have to offer a royal ransom as a draft pick to Green Bay, but an outrageous salary to Rodgers, if they want it in Denver. Am I right?

O’Halloran: Two of the quarterbacks who have an average salary higher than Rodgers’ $33.5 million (according to Over The Cap) — Dak Prescott ($40 million) and Deshaun Watson ($39 million). Yes, Rodgers wants to add a second Super Bowl championship to his resume/legacy, but I think an important part of this saga is becoming the highest paid player in the NFL in general and quarterback in particular. The Broncos are expected to start with this offer — a three-year, $150 million deal that’s masked as a five-year deal to split the cap fee, allowing Rodgers to keep the core offensive talent around him.

Kiz: One…hundred…and…fifty…million…dollars? If I say it slowly enough, between two deep breaths, maybe I won’t pass out from the shock of the sticker. But you know what? As much as Rodgers loves Hackett, I bet the cunning old quarterback loves the money even more. If Patrick Mahomes averages $45 million a year from the Chiefs, here’s the bet that Rodgers and his agent will have no remorse pitting Green Bay against Denver in a bidding war to make him decide what to throw for touchdown passes. for record pay is a lot more fun (and profitable) than retiring to host “Jeopardy!”

O’Halloran: It’s a big deal and there’s no time for feelings. Rodgers made that clear when planting the seed last April about not returning to Green Bay and skipping all of his team’s offseason activities. He was unhappy with some of the Packers’ senior decision makers and wasn’t afraid to voice it, but not in words. It would have been foolish for Paton to hire Hackett exclusively on the basis of helping him get Rodgers; the new big whistle has extensive experience working with young quarterbacks, which he will do at some point. But if Rodgers decides to go to the Broncos, he knows exactly what situation he’s in, which means the arrangement will work right away.

Kiz: Without knowing all the thoughts bouncing around in Rodgers’ quirky mind, we’re all staring through a cracked, murky crystal ball to guess if this soap opera will have a happy ending for Broncos Country. While there isn’t a cynical bone in my body, part of me wonders if Rodgers could capitalize on Denver GM George Paton’s eagerness to acquire an elite quarterback in order to to squeeze every mega-dollar from Packers management before kissing, reconciling, and returning to play quarterback in Green Bay.

O’Halloran: This scenario is entirely possible as he or his side gave signs last week that they were “torn” over where to play this year, using this as a passive/aggressive way of saying, “Not enough ‘Money, Green Bay’. From Paton’s perspective, he’s been playing pretty well so far, minding his team-building business while keeping the cap space he needs in case Rodgers picks the Broncos and the Packers would accept a trade offer. There should be no financial cap for the Broncos in this pursuit; the boon of Rodgers’ win here was worth it.