The Green Bay Packers made Jaire Alexander a very rich man. The defensive back has been given a record four-year, $84 million extension to keep him at Green Bay after a quick start to his career.
The deal is a record for a defensive back, and also includes $31 million in the first year. This is a serious undertaking and demonstrates how the Packers feel about their top players.
Or not? Packers fans have had a season of ups and downs that began with Aaron Rodgers receiving a massive $50 million annual contract. The problem is that while he was signed, Davante Adams was traded to the Las Vegas Raiders.
The popular story is that Adams was simply finished and wanted to play with his college quarterback, Derek Carr. But could he not be swayed by a lucrative contract?
Adams ended up receiving a five-year contract worth just over $141 million. In today’s NFL pay-capped gymnastics world, we know the Packers may have found a way to make it work. The way the Rodgers deal works is the same, even if it means pushing for large payouts in the future.
One takeaway from the Alexander news is that Green Bay decided it was time to move on from Adams. So why did they come to that conclusion?
The Green Bay Packers are in a unique situation
This is a franchise that is all about succession in midfield. Such a concept is why there is a transfer of power from Brett Favre to Rodgers, meaning there is no rebuilding period after the departure of the ex. However, these succession plans are notoriously messy.
Such is the case with Rodgers now. There is a case of “will he return or not” in 2022 and that remains true regarding his future with the team. He could easily retire after a season and go into the sunset.
That makes the five-year commitment to 29-year-old Adams that much more difficult. That’s right, he and Rodgers have a great chemistry together. But will it still be around in 2023 if Jordan Love takes center stage? And will the decline happen soon?
There are likely just too many question marks for the front office to commit to Adams on a brief single-receiver record deal.
Instead, the team chose to pay a player like Alexander, 25, and much cheaper because of his position on the field. This also frees up money to sign skill players on short-term contracts to pair up with Rodgers in 2022.
Green Bay works in mysterious ways, and while it may seem damaging for the team, Rodgers often finds a way to lead the team to success. Or at least that has been the formula for the past several seasons.
They won the NFC North last season in what has become a regular. They have won this tournament 8 times in the past 11 years. In 2021, they were the top seed in the NFC tournament with a score of 13-4 before losing in the 13-10 round to the San Francisco 49ers.
In 2022, expectations are high and not just in the regular season. After unsuccessful campaigns in the knockout stages in recent years, the Packers are determined to go all the way.
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