The Packers have unfinished business this offseason: Matt LaFleur's contract
The Packers have a major piece of business left to complete this offseason: extending star head coach Matt LaFleur.
Understandably, extending two-time reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers and reaching a resolution with All-Pro wide receiver Davante Adams took centerstage for the Green Bay Packers this offseason. Likewise, hammering out a deal for superstar corner Jaire Alexander while retaining linebacker De'Vondre Campbell and cornerback Rasul Douglas also ranked highly on the priority list. The team addressed all those matters by the end of May, all but completing a long offseason to-do list.
However, one major piece of business remains unfinished as the calendar nears July: extending star head coach Matt LaFleur.
Much as top contracts for quarterbacks have exploded in value over the past few years, head coaches will soon command massive salaries as well. The highest earners — the New England Patriots' Bill Belichick, the Seattle Seahawks' Pete Carroll, and, soon, the Los Angeles Rams' Sean McVay — dwarf those at the bottom by as much as $10 million annually. While the NFL has never put a cap on non-player salaries, the relatively low starting point for first-time head coaches effectively stymied the upward trajectory afforded to others.
But the dynamics have begun to shift in a significant manner. The explosion of coaching salaries in college has lifted the market at both levels. Teams have also become increasingly aware of the possibility of coaches moving between jobs despite their preexisting contractual obligations, a trend highlighted by the blockbuster moves by Lincoln Riley and Brian Kelly just a few months ago. While head coaches can't move between NFL teams quite as easily, it remains possible for one to allow his contract to expire and start a bidding war soon thereafter. Sean Payton, who retired at the onset of the offseason, will almost certainly command massive interest in 2023.