Starters Greg Jennings and T.J. Lang will be free agents after the season and superstars Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews are vastly underpaid by NFL standards, but the player most likely to sign an extension with the Green Bay Packers in the coming weeks is probably Brett Goode. The 27-year-old long snapper is scheduled to make $676,000 in the last year of his contract.
Many Packers fans have never heard of Goode, and that’s – pardon the pun – a good thing. Players at this position strive for anonymity. If you know the name of a long snapper, it’s probably because he screwed up. The most famous long snapper in NFL history is Trey Junkin, and not because he successfully snapped the football thousands of times during a 22-year career. It’s because his poor snaps in a playoff game cost the Giants a win.
Getting a deal done with Goode should be relatively easy. The Giants recently signed Zak DeOssie to an extension worth nearly $3.5 million over three seasons, including $900,000 in guaranteed money. Goode won’t get quite that much since DeOssie is more effective covering punts and can play linebacker in a pinch. Still, that’s about the going rate for the league’s best long snappers, and Goode clearly belongs in that category – even if very few people know his name.