Hawk: Packers Need Rodgers More Than Ever

Former Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk believes Aaron Rodgers has all the leverage in Green Bay

Taz and the Moose
July 27, 2018 - 11:25 am
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While teams around the NFL are now in the process of starting training camp for the upcoming season, a little bit of drama has been going on behind-the-scenes in the contract negotiation circles with various players.

Aaron Rodgers appears to be another one of those players. Although the Super Bowl-winning quarterback seems insistent that his main focus will be concentrated on being a leader for the Packers this season, speculation will continue to be rampant until both sides ultimately agree on a deal.

Sirius XM NFL and College Football analyst A.J. Hawk, who was also a teammate of the two-time NFL MVP for nine years in Green Bay, stopped by CBS Sports Radio to speak his mind on the subject. Hawk thinks there’s a distinct possibility that Rodgers might request an opt-out clause in his new contract. This practice is quite common for basketball players in the NBA, but it’s rarely seen in the NFL. Still, Green Bay might be willing to make an exception to potentially keep Rodgers for the remainder of his career.

“I can see it happening for sure,” Hawk said on Taz & The Moose. “You don’t see it happening in football contracts, but when you think about it — if anyone can do it, why not Aaron? Right now, he has all the leverage with the Packers.”

Hawk understands the Packers aren’t exactly in a rush to offer an extension to Rodgers, considering he still has two years left on his contract. Still, he believes the team needs to secure their franchise quarterback for the long haul — and as soon as possible.

“They need him more than ever and I think he knows that at the same time,” Hawks said. “They don’t have to give him a new deal right now. He still has years remaining on his contract, but just look at last season to show how valuable he is. He’s playing at an MVP level, the team is winning, then all of a sudden, he gets hurt and they miss the playoffs. I’m sure he wants to be there for a long, long time. But he wants to find a way to ensure that they cover all their bases.”