Aaron Rodgers is now a four-time MVP, back-to-back MVP, and arguably the best player in the NFL. It has been no secret that Rodgers has had his fits with the Packers organization. Last year’s retirement and trade talk was thrown around, and this year it’s the same thing from Rodgers. Rodgers is in the final year of his deal after having one year taken off of it last year and has a cap hit this season of roughly 46 million dollars.
Packers Current Cap Situation
The Packers are not in a great place cap-wise, but they have the ability to maneuver and manipulate money to get under and bring back a lot of pieces. They’ve already freed up roughly 13 million by restructuring Aaron Jones and Kenny Clark and still have over 30 million to clear before being under the cap. Rodgers could make a pretty big dent in that if he agreed to an extension.
Rodgers “Reported” Contract Demand
It is reported that Aaron Rodgers wants to be the highest-paid QB in the league, by a “wide margin”. His contract demand is rumored to be at $50+ million a year. That’s more than Patrick Mahomes’ deal and Josh Allen’s recent deals. At 38 years old, that would make Rodgers the highest-paid QB by about 5 million a year.
$50M+ per year for Rodgers is the ballpark per @diannaESPN.
15% raise over Mahomes’ $45M APY gets you to $51.75M per year.
Could see something like 4/$210M. Signing bonus would have to be $75M+ with Packers structure https://t.co/hVcvi1hZym
— Brad Spielberger, Esq. (@PFF_Brad) February 24, 2022
Can the Packers Make This Work?
Yes, it’s been reported that the Packers have offered him a deal that would make him the highest-paid QB in the league. For Rodgers to become the highest-paid QB, that deal has to be in the 50 million dollars a year range. It might be off by a few million, but it’s in that ballpark. And yes, the Packers could make some cap magic and get under with a contract like that, but there wouldn’t be a ton leftover for other players. It is feasible to get Davante Adams back even with Rodgers proposed contract, but it would not be ideal for anyone not named Adams or Rodgers.
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