An AFC East team will likely inquire about Aaron Rodgers
Aaron Rodgers is going to be getting attention in the trade market this offseason. While it seems far-fetched that the Packers legend would part with the team this offseason, nothing is off the table in the NFL. Rodgers has been linked to several teams already after the Packers’ season ended Sunday night. A new report coming Thursday afternoon states that an AFC team has an interest in a quarterback that fits Rodgers’ profile.
According to Ian Rapoport, the New York Jets want to spend for a veteran quarterback this offseason.
Things didn’t work out between the Jets and second-year quarterback Zach Wilson. The Jets appear to move on and could be willing to spend money and resources for a quarterback of Rodgers’ pedigree.
Aaron Rodgers’ salary isn’t cheap next season, and it could be interesting to see if the Packers could make the Jets pay for a good chunk of Rodgers’ future salary. That could allow the Packers to have extra cap to keep key pieces for the team next season; if they trust Jordan Love to lead the team.
This idea is gaining traction
“If the Packers bring back Rodgers for 2023, it would actually be a two-year commitment. Last offseason, Green Bay signed Rodgers to a mammoth contract extension: essentially a $150 million deal for three seasons, paying Rodgers an average of $50 million per year. Because of the unique way Rodgers’s contract is structured, he would almost certainly be untradable next offseason (the Packers would have to take an untenable $68 million dead cap hit to make the money work; that’s substantially more than the record $40.5 million the Falcons took on this year after trading Matt Ryan).
Even if Rodgers were to retire after next season, it would still cost the Packers $68 million in dead cap, according to CBS contract analyst Joel Corry, who did a deep dive on Rodgers’s contract, although they could split that over two years. And if Rodgers plays two more years and then retires, his dead cap figure would be more than $76 million. In other words, once Rodgers gets his $58 million roster bonus by Week 1 of the 2023 season, he will be essentially untradable.”
Losing Rodgers isn’t something most Packers fans want at this point. He’s been a star in the league for a long time. But the day will come when Rodgers can’t be the starting player in Green Bay. The organization will have to decide soon if the most efficient time to part ways isn’t via a trade this offseason.