11

August

Packers Jordy Nelson is Already Underpaid

Green Bay Packer Jordy Nelson against the Chicago Bears

The Jordy Nelson stiff-arm.

This post is putting the cart waaaaay ahead of the horse, but I think the topic merits discussion.

Jordy Nelson had an amazing season in 2011. I mean, really amazing.

So far, he’s showing no signs of slowing down in training camp. Most observers say he’s only getting better.

Before Nelson truly exploded last season, he signed a 4-year, $14 million contract extension with the Packers. He might have already outplayed that contract.

Here are three random WRs making more than Nelson: Stevie Johnson ($5 years, $36.25 million); Earl Bennett (5 years, $18.55 million) and Marques Colston (5 years, $40 million).

I would take Nelson over all of those guys, and it’s not even close. Nelson was the 27th highest paid receiver in the NFL after signing his new deal, and he’s surely dropped in the rankings since.

I like to make snarky comments on Twitter about Nelson’s agent soon being unemployed after Nelson realizes the bargain-basement extension he signed. But in all seriousness, it’s ultimately Nelson who made the call when he chose to re-sign with the Packers and for how much.

When Nelson re-signed, he wasn’t quite where he’s at now. I’m sure he took a look at the contract, thought that $14 million was plenty of cash, and decided to sign so he could move on with his life and keep working at becoming a better player.

Well, he’s become a better player. And he might be getting even better.

If that’s the case, the Packers better hope that Nelson doesn’t try and do something about being underpaid, even though he was the one who signed his name on the dotted line a couple of month before his value skyrocketed.

Ted Thompson has to come up with extensions for Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews in the near future. The last thing he wants to deal with is Nelson demanding a reworked deal.

I’m not saying that Nelson will be threatening a holdout any time soon. I’m also not trying to garner sympathy for a guy set to make $14 million. But this is probably an issue that Thompson at least has in the back of his mind.

25

February

Green Bay Packers 2012 Salary Overview

The offseason is starting to heat up. To ensure that the faithful AllGBP.com readers are prepared, here is an overview of individual Packers’ player salaries courtesy of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Player, pos

Salary
(M=millions)

Contract Information
(Click year to review details)

Contract Expires

Charles Woodson, CB

$11.562M

2010

After 2014

Aaron Rodgers, QB

8.5M

2008

After 2014

Tramon Williams, CB

7.381M

2010

After 2014

Greg Jennings, WR

7.347M

2009

After 2012

A.J. Hawk, LB

6.531M

2011

After 2015

Jermichael Finley, TE

5.75M

2012

After 2013

Ryan Pickett, DE

5.737M

2010

After 2013

Chad Clifton, T

5.593M

2010

After 2012

Donald Driver, WR

5.0M

2010

After 2012

Josh Sitton, G

4.8M

2011

After 2016

Nick Collins, S

4.787M

2010

After 2013

B.J. Raji, NT

4.255M

2009

After 2013

Desmond Bishop, LB

4.245M

2011

After 2014

Jordy Nelson, WR

3.825M

2011

After 2014

James Jones, WR

3.1M

2011

After 2013

Mason Crosby, K

2.4M

2011

After 2015

John Kuhn, FB

2.4M

2011

After 2013

Clay Matthews, LB

1.93M

2009

After 2013

Bryan Bulaga, T

1.847M

2010

After 2014

Derek Sherrod, LT

1.5M

2011

After 2015

Charlie Peprah, S

1.225M

2011

After 2012

Brett Goode, LS

801,000

2011

After 2012

Mike Neal, DE

780,000

2010

After 2013

Randall Cobb, WR

729,414

2011

After 2014

Morgan Burnett, S

708,775

2010

After 2013

T.J. Lang, T-G

690,625

2009

After 2012

Herb Taylor

615,000

2011

After 2012

Alex Green, RB

601,250

2011

After 2014

Brad Jones, LB

580,066

2009

After 2012

Evan Dietrich-Smith, C

565,000

Jarius Wynn, DE

565,000

2009

After 2012

Davon House, CB

540,145

2011

After 2014

Graham Harrell, QB

540,000

Andrew Quarless, TE

535,606

2010

After 2013

Marshall Newhouse, T

527,462

2010

After 2013

James Starks, RB

515,075

2010

After 2013

D.J. Williams, TE

514,500

2011

After 2014

C.J. Wilson, DE

502,588

2010

After 2013

Sam Shields, CB

492,500

2010

Frank Zombo, LB

491,168

2010