help clear up the picture of what it would take to extend the Packers’ former fourth-round pick." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteAcme Packing Companya Green Bay Packers communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsSectionsPackersOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections The APC PodcastPackers Film RoomFantasy Football AdviceCDTShareTweetShareShareSizing up the cost of a potential Blake Martinez contract extensionPhoto by Gregory Shamus/Getty ImagesEarlier this week Kentrell Brice Jersey White , Green Bay Packers inside linebacker Blake Martinez appeared inside APC’s top-10 countdown of the team’s best players heading into the 2019 season. A source of stability for the Packers in terms of health and production over his first three seasons in the league, Martinez is a key figure in Green Bay’s defense and would figure to be in the team’s long-term plans.But Martinez is heading into the final year of his rookie deal signed in 2016 and could command a lucrative offer with a strong follow-up to his 2018 season. With a career-high 144 tackles and five sacks, Martinez could factor heavily into the plans of defensive coordinator Mike Pettine in his second season in Green Bay. A 16-game starter the past two seasons, Martinez has been reliable for the Packers since being drafted in the fourth round and that dependability comes with a price.In March 2018, the Houston Texans signed Benardrick McKinney to what was the third-highest contract among NFL middle linebackers at the time. McKinney, coming off his first Pro Bowl nod that season, started 16 games in three of his first four seasons. He tallied 105 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and one forced fumble in 2017, modest numbers in comparison to Martinez’s marks of the past couple years. Still, McKinney received a five-year, $50 million contract with $21 million guaranteed.This spring Womens Josh Jackson Jersey , another elite inside linebacker signed a massive deal when CJ Mosley agreed to a five-year, $85 million contract with a whopping $51 million guaranteed. However, Mosley has an edge on Martinez in that he earned Pro Bowl recognition in four of his five years in the NFL and has created 15 turnovers to Martinez’s three. Yet, Mosley recorded only one season above 132 tackles (his rookie year) and has not eclipsed four sacks in a given season. Martinez should not be in line for a contract of Mosley’s magnitude, but it is fair to suggest that he will be in the ballpark of McKinney or slightly above. After all, Anthony Hitchens negotiated a five-year, $45 million contract with Kansas City in 2018 after four pro seasons and Martinez has already far surpassed Hitchens’ production up to that point. The Los Angeles Chargers also gave Denzel Perryman a two-year extension averaging $6 million a year this offseason after an injury-filled third and fourth-year years on his rookie contract. Difference-making potential when healthy helped Perryman in his negotiation.If Martinez has a fully healthy season for a third consecutive year, he should be expected to match or exceed his numbers and caliber of play in 2019. That means Martinez will not come cheaply. After a 2019 offseason that saw the Packers splash in the free agent pool on several occasions, it is estimated that the team will have around $28 million in cap room, a number near the bottom of the league. That was before the Packers picked up Kenny Clark’s fifth-year option worth around $8 million in 2020. Committing five years and a high seven-figure salary to Martinez alone becomes a potentially costly investment.However, the uncertain future impacts of 2018 third-rounder Oren Burks and 2019 seventh-rounder Ty Summers make Martinez a near-irreplaceable talent at inside linebacker for the Packers. Holding most of the leverage at this juncture, Martinez should be expected to wear a green and gold uniform for a few more seasons. But that would come with receiving one of the richest contracts ever given to a Packer defender. GREEN BAY Womens Clay Matthews Jersey , Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers wasn’t in much of a mood to celebrate his 35th birthday.Not after another loss for the sliding Green Bay Packers.The same problems keep popping up for the offense, most glaringly, empty third downs and a lack of explosive plays.But Sunday’s 20-17 home loss to the Arizona Cardinals was definitely a surprise. Coach Mike McCarthy was fired after Green Bay stumbled once again.“We’re just not executing well and it’s the same things over and over,” Rodgers said before the coaching change was announced.The loss to one of the NFL’s worst teams was another blow to the fading playoff hopes for the Packers (4-7-1). Offensive coordinator Joe Philbin was promoted to interim head coach.It’s still mathematically possible for Green Bay to catch NFC North-leading Chicago (8-4), which lost to the Giants.To do that though, a once-productive offense will have to find its way.“We didn’t play well today. I’m not going to sit up here and try to sugarcoat it,” McCarthy said right after the loss.Green Bay’s tough day helped the Cardinals shatter the image of Lambeau Field as an intimidating venue for a warm-weather team in wintry conditions. The temperature at kickoff was 34 degrees, but the wind chill made it feel like 23. Flurries fell on and off throughout the game.Instead, the Packers looked out of sorts.A couple of Rodgers’ throws were off, especially in the first half. There were too many drops by receivers. The offensive line lost its two starters on the right side when guard Byron Bell and tackle Bryan Bulaga left in the first half with knee injuries.Zane Gonzalez kicked a 44-yard field goal for Arizona with 1:41 left. Green Bay’s Mason Crosby missed a 49-yard attempt as time expired.Crosby pushed his kick wide right, with the flags atop Lambeau blowing in toward the field at the time of the play. In pregame warmups, Crosby said kicks were going right to left.“Both ends were fairly difficult. The wind was swirling Marcedes Lewis Jersey White ,” Crosby said. The final attempt “wanted to go right, so I was pretty shocked about, and obviously disappointed.”The Packers won the Super Bowl under McCarthy in 2010. But this is a third straight year in which Green Bay has had extended struggles.In 2016, the Packers started 4-6 but won eight straight games to get to the NFC title game, losing to the Atlanta Falcons. Green Bay finished 7-9 and missed the playoffs in 2017, when Rodgers missed extensive time with a broken collarbone.This year, Rodgers hurt his left knee in the season opener, though he is feeling better now. Receivers Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison have missed time with injuries.Cobb’s return on Sunday didn’t help, with the Packers just 3 of 14 on third down.“I hate to repeat myself, but it’s applicable. … We’re not executing the right way,” Rodgers said.“It’s poor throws, not on the same page with receivers Mike Daniels Jersey , wrong depth, protection,” he added. “We all have a part in that and we’ve all picked our time to mess up a third down.”The opening play of the fourth quarter was a perfect example of Green Bay’s offensive struggles. Rodgers found Cobb for a 36-yard completion on third-and-11, but the play was wiped out by a holding penalty on right tackle Jason Spriggs.Rodgers said his focus was getting his teammates to “play with that pride” and focus on the next four games.“Yeah, I mean I’m not even thinking about that right now,” Rodgers said when asked if he would have any role after the season with general manager Brian Gutekunst or team president Mark Murphy about what direction they should go with the coaching staff.The offensive players, Rodgers said, bear blame for whatever happens in the future.“Yeah, a lot probably. We haven’t played very well,” he said.
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