Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers are entering yet another off-season in which the future of Rodgers is up in the air. Aaron Rodgers signed a three-year extension in March of 2022 that keeps him in Green Bay through the 2026 season. However, the cap hit after the 2023 season skyrockets. In 2023 Rodgers’ cap hit is $31M, however, from 2024-2026 it averages more than $50M per year. Today Brian Gutekunst was asked about the future of Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay after the 2022 season ended.
Brian Gutekunst Talks The Future Of Aaron Rodgers In Green Bay
Per Tom Silverstein:
Reading Gutekunst’s remarks, it seems the Packers are going to wait for QB Aaron Rodgers to decide whether he wants to stay, retire or be traded. He acknowledged the contractual situation they’re in. They essentially committed 2 years to him, so ball is in his court for now.
The two years Silverstein is referring to is 2022 and 2023, the two years where Rodgers’ cap hit is manageable. The Packers’ coaching staff has been adamant on wanting Aaron Rodgers back in Green Bay dating back to the 2021 off-season. Joel Curry of CBS Sports broke down the three options for Rodgers: Retire, a trade or return to Green Bay, using the cap ramifications for each reason. Here is how Curry ended his article on the section of returning to Green Bay:
I suspect the fully guaranteed $59.465 million will ultimately provide enough incentive for Rodgers to remain with the Packers for the 2023 season. Most athletes aren’t going to walk away from such a substantial sum of money regardless of wealth. Given how the last couple of years have played out once Green Bay’s season is over, it would be a major surprise if the same dance about Rodgers’ future doesn’t repeat itself in January 2024.
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