quarterback Aaron Rodgers has two years remaining in his current deal, but he’s expected to get a record contract soon. According to Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports, the Packers might sign Rodgers to a new deal, in which he will get $110 million or more in guaranteed money in the first three seasons.
La Canfora made the pronouncement after talking with several agents, who based their estimates on the contracts signed by Kirk Cousins with the Minnesota Vikings and Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons. Cousins signed a three-year fully guaranteed deal worth $84 million with the Vikings while Ryan inked a five-year deal worth $150 million with guaranteed money amounting to $100 million.
Rodgers is set to earn $20.3 million in 2018 and $20.5 million in 2019. The veteran quarterback was limited by an injured collarbone to just seven games last season, throwing for just 1,675 yards and 16 touchdowns with six interceptions. Earlier, it was after he was not consulted on the release of wide receiver Jordy Nelson and the firing of quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt.
Tannehill on track to recovery
The Miami Dolphins announced that quarterback Ryan Tannehill has been cleared to return to football activities after he underwent season-ending surgery to repair a torn ACL that he suffered during training camp in August 2017. With his ordeal now behind him, Tannehill said he prefers to look ahead and not remember what happened to him last season.
“It‘s been a long time since then and it‘s tough to go back to that state,” Tannehill said. Without Tannehill, the Dolphins brought veteran signal-caller Jay Cutler out of retirement, but they finished 6-10 last season. Tannehill said he will err on the side of caution as he plans to protect his surgically repaired knee by wearing a protective brace during the regular season.
Luck still not throwing
According to Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich, franchise quarterback Andrew Luck is still not throwing regulation footballs, but the team is not worried. “No, I’m not worried at all,” Reich said when asked about Luck’s recovery from a shoulder surgery last year. The Colts said the goal is to have Luck ready to throw without restrictions when training camp begins in two months.
With Luck out last season, the Colts relied on Jacoby Brissett as their starter. The Colts shipped wide receiver Philip Dorsett to the New England Patriots for Brissett, with seven interceptions in 16 games.