The Packers certainly can expect to pay more for quarterback Aaron Rodgers than the St. Louis Rams paid for running back Steven Jackson in the same No. 24 slot last year.
Mike Sullivan, the veteran California-based agent for Rodgers, undoubtedly will want more for Rodgers than just the slotted amount simply because he's a quarterback. Sullivan also can make the argument that the San Francisco 49ers had negotiations with his client to be the No. 1 pick in the draft.
At the same time, all draft picks probably are due for about a 5% raise over last year's comparable selections.
Jackson's five-year, $7 million contract contained a $4 million signing bonus.
Cornerback Ahmad Carroll, the Packers' selection with the 25th pick in 2004, signed a six-year, $8.058 million deal. In reality, the sixth year will void and Carroll will be left with a five-year, $6.93 million contract. His signing bonus was $3.95 million.