Aaron Rodgers is ready to make ‘adjustments’ to his current $150 million deal with the Green Bay Packers
Aaron Rodgers is open to making ‘adjustments’ to his current $150m contract with the Green Bay Packers if he plays next season, as he admits he still has to work out what he wants to do
Aaron Rodgers admitted that if he played next season, his contract would not be viable for most teams in the league, including the Green Bay Packers.
The star Green Bay quarterback is set to earn a guaranteed $59.465 million if he plays in 2023 due to the three-year, $150 million contract extension he agreed to last March. The deal has a salary cap charge of $31,623,570 for 2023.
“There are a lot of teams, because of COVID, that are strapped for money, and you see with a lot of different contracts, they’re pushing more money into deals,” Rodgers said on the Pat McAfee Show.
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Aaron Rodgers has said he’s ready to make ‘adjustments’ to his current contract at Green Bay
“They create blank years to allow for easier capping, so of course it would take some tweaking.”
“I don’t think there would be a scenario where I would come back and that would be the number [$60m]. Certainly things would have to change.
Along with deciding if he wants to play in the NFL next year, Rodgers must also decide if he wants to play for the Packers next season.
‘Any other ideas on [a] trade and so on, it’s just guesswork until I decide what I want to do to move forward for myself,” he added.
Rodgers currently has a ‘real possibility’ of being traded this offseason if he plays again
“I hope there will be gratitude on both sides if this happens. But, again, that doesn’t open the door to any guesswork, honestly, on my end. And I’m not saying that to be enigmatic. I have to figure out what I want to do, and then we’ll see where all the parties are and what happens next.
It was noted by ESPN’s NFL Insider adam schefter that Rodgers has a “real possibility” of being traded from the Packers this offseason.
Rodgers’ contract, however, currently makes it a realistic and costly task to trade him elsewhere without restructuring the deal first.
Besides the noted cap charge of over $30 million for the upcoming NFL season, there are options to extend Rodgers’ deal for 2025 and 2026 which result in cap charges of $59.302 million and $53.452 million. dollars respectively if he stays in Green Bay.
Rodgers leaves the field with teammate and friend Randall Cobb for perhaps the last time
If a team were to trade for Rodgers before the contract or his deal options were reworked, the team that traded for him would take a cap fee of $32.5 million in 2024, $51.10 million in 2025 and $45.53 million in 2026.
The Packers have reportedly set a minimum asking price of two first-round picks in order to trade Rodgers, and it appears teams may be willing to pay that fee if the financial side of the deal becomes more attractive.
Two teams that have already been linked to Rodgers are the New York Jets, who NBC Sports says would be “happy to pay that freight,” while the Indianapolis Colts are also interested, according to NBC Sports. ESPN.