Aaron Rodgers is willing to make ‘adjustments’ to his current $150 million Green Bay Packers contract if he plays next season as he admits he still has work to do
Aaron Rodgers has admitted that if he plays next season, his contract won’t work for most teams around the league, including the Green Bay Packers.
Green Bay’s star quarterback will earn a guaranteed $59.465 million if he plays through 2023 after he agreed to a $150m three-year contract extension last March. The contract includes a salary-cap charge of $31,623,570 for 2023.
Rodgers said on the Pat McAfee Show, ‘There are a lot of teams because of Covid, that are stuck and you’re seeing with a lot of different contracts, they’re pushing more money into deals’.
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Aaron Rodgers says he’s willing to ‘adjust’ his current Green Bay contract
‘They are creating void years to allow for an easier cap hit, so there are definitely some adjustments to be made.’
‘I don’t think there will be a scenario where I come back and it’s numbers [$60m]. Things must change.’
Along with deciding if he wants to play in the NFL next year, Rodgers also has to decide if he wants to play for the Packers next season.
‘On all other ideas [a] Trade and what not, until I decide what I want to do for myself going forward,’ he adds.
Rodgers currently has a ‘real possibility’ of being traded in the offseason if he plays again
‘I hope there will be some gratitude on both sides when it happens. But, again, it doesn’t open the door to any speculation, really, on my part. And I’m not saying to be secretive. I have to figure out what I want to do, and then we’ll see where all the teams are and what happens after that.’
It was noted by ESPN’s NFL Insider Adam Schefter that Rodgers has a ‘real possibility’ of being traded away from the Packers this offseason.
Rodgers’ contract, however, currently makes trading him elsewhere without restructuring the contract realistically a long and expensive task.
In addition to more than $30 million in cap charges for the upcoming NFL season, Rodgers has contract extension options for 2025 and 2026 that would carry $59.302m and $53.452m in cap charges, respectively, if he were in Green Bay.
Rodgers walked off the field with teammate and friend Randall Cobb for perhaps the last time
If a team trades for Rodgers before the deal or his contract options are redrawn, the team trading for him will incur cap charges of $32.5m in 2024, $51.10m in 2025 and $45.53m in 2026.
The Packers set a minimum asking price of two first-round picks to trade Rodgers, and it appears teams may be willing to meet those fees if the financial side of the deal becomes more attractive.
Two teams already linked to Rodgers are the New York Jets, who NBC Sports reported would ‘happily pay that fee’, while the Indianapolis Colts are also said to be interested, according to ESPN.
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