Aaron Rodgers Could Help Push Matthew Stafford’s Next Rams Contract to $45 Million Per Season

Matthew Stafford‘s long-term future has become the prominent chatter in the afterglow of helping the Los Angeles Rams capture their first Super Bowl win in more than two decades. Stafford sits under contract only through the 2023 campaign but holds a significant interest in making Los Angeles his long-term NFL home.

The Rams hold top priority in figuring out that matter in the offseason. However, Aaron Rodgers’ massive extension with the Green Bay Packers may make Stafford’s pockets that much deeper.

Aaron Rodgers reportedly receives four-year, $200 million extension from Packers

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers warms up for a playoff game against the 49ers. | Quinn Harris/Getty Images

After weeks of speculation, the Packers have finally settled on a long-term with their star quarterback.

Ian Rapoport of The NFL Network is reporting that the three-time league MVP is closing in on inking a four-year, $200 million extension to stay in Green Bay. Rodgers may have come on Twitter to confirm his return for the 2022 season and denied reports regarding the mega-deal, but it’s not difficult to believe that won’t be finalized in the coming days.

Rodgers’ new contract will give him $153 million guaranteed while making him the highest-paid quarterback in the league with $50 million per season. Beyond that, the massive extension Matthew Stafford only stands to benefit from the move.

Aaron Rodgers could help push Matthew Stafford’s next Rams contract to $45 million per season

Aaron Rodgers’ massive extension impacts much more than the Packers and Denver Broncos.

Matthew Stafford stands to only benefit from the reigning back-to-back MVP getting a huge payday. The Rams went all-in to acquire him, leading him to follow Tom Brady’s footsteps by winning a Super Bowl in his first year with his new team.

Stafford stepped up in crucial moments in the playoffs, capped off by the final touchdown drive late in Super Bowl 56 against the Cincinnati Bengals. He may not have earned the Super Bowl MVP award, but his play was critical toward helping the Rams lift the Vince Lombardi trophy.

Reports before the game floated around that the two sides will work out an extension in the offseason, which has only increased attention due to Rodgers’ new deal. Stafford holds one more year left in his current deal scheduled to make $23 million next season.

The Rams are well aware that the star quarterback’s next contract will garner a salary closer to twice as much as his 2022 pay. According to Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic, his annual salary on his next deal could go up to as much as $45 million, but Los Angeles is hopeful that it stays around $35 million.

As much as the franchise wants a lower number, Stafford will dictate where that ultimately falls as he proved to be the missing piece of the Super Bowl puzzle. He isn’t going to make $50 million per season, but it’s hard to deny that Rodgers’ new extension lifted the financial threshold higher.

Rams must find a way to bring back Odell Beckham Jr. and Von Miller

As much as the Rams want to secure a long-term extension with Matthew Stafford, the team possesses other pressing roster needs.

Odell Beckham Jr. and Von Miller are in line to hit free agency for the first time in their respective careers. Reports have emerged that Beckham is leaning toward bypassing the open market to re-sign with Los Angeles. Meanwhile, Miller has dropped numerous hints that he may have interest in rejoining the Broncos, which only ramps up after the Russell Wilson trade.

Miller showcased that he’s still an elite talent, recording nine sacks, 18 tackles for loss, 14 quarterback hits, and 45 total tackles in 12 games with Los Angeles. Beckham may be coming off a torn ACL, but when healthy, he proved to be a game-changing talent next to Cooper Kupp.

He recorded 27 catches for 305 receiving yards and five touchdowns in eight regular-season games. The 29-yer-old stepped it up in the playoffs, notching 21 receptions for 288 receiving yards and two touchdowns in four games.

That’s not forgetting the need to address the left tackle dilemma with Andrew Whitworth likely stepping into retirement. The Rams will need to find a way to bring back Joseph Noteboom to secure Stafford’s blindside. The franchise is also working toward an extension with Aaron Donald to keep him committed for the long haul.

All that underlines that general manager Les Snead has a lot on his plate this offseason toward keeping a championship-caliber team together well beyond the 2022 campaign.

Contract figures courtesy of Spotrac.

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