I also remember him signing a 10 yr deal under Sherman that (at the time) was trumpeted as "keeping him here for the rest of his career", but I don't remember any talk about that deal making him highest paid player, nor do I remember any escalators to keep him as such. I do also remember him restructuring several times to free up cap room (not that he gave up any money, but they did use his mammoth contract to 'kick the can' to future years several times).
If you have a link or can even quote an article/source saying Favre had such a deal, I would be very interested in reading such.
Also, I disagree that it's 'been this way since FA'. Granted that with QBs at contract time, it always seem to be "This guy is now the highest paid player in the game"... but this notion that a guy has to be guaranteed to stay highest paid for the entire length of a deal seems to be pretty new to me. It has always been the way of contracts - Player X signs as the 'highest paid', then Player Y signs for more, and by the time Player X comes back around, Player X's existing/expiring deal looks bargain-basement.
Like I said - they'll get it done. Just seems fundamentally wrong somehow that the Chicago Bears (or any other team) can give Rodgers a new contract whenever they feel like it just by signing one of their own guys...
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