Money can’t fix everything, apparently.
Aaron Rodgers and the Packers are together for another year at Green Bay, with the quarterback and the organization agreeing to a reworked contract that could keep Rodgers in a Packers uniform until the 2022 season – unless we sing that same song and that we do that same dance after the 2021 season.
Rodgers’ revealing press conference on Wednesday revealed his situation with the Packers was about everything corn money. This doesn’t mean that money and job security don’t matter to the QB.
BENDER: Rodgers to deliver for Packers in 2021
According to reports, here’s what Rodgers is set to do in 2021, which could very well be his final year at Green Bay.
Breach of Aaron Rodgers’ contract
NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero had full details on Rodgers’ reworked deal. It’s a bit complicated, as all NFL contracts typically are, but here’s the gist:
–If Rodgers were traded before June 1, 2022, the Packers would end up with a dead cap of $ 27 million, but save around $ 19 million off the cap. This allows Rodgers to be traded ahead of the 2022 NFL Draft, when his market is said to be hottest. Originally, Rodgers could have been traded after this season without any real cap implication. But if Rodgers still wants to come out, it will really hurt the Packers in 2022 with that number of dead caps.
–When signing the new deal, Rodgers is saving the Packers around $ 10 million in cap space this year, giving Green Bay some wiggle room before the season begins.
– Due to the empty year added to Rodgers’ deal after 2022, Rodgers cannot be labeled a franchise by the Packers, meaning he will be a true free agent after the 2022 season, as long as he plays both years on his current chord.
– If Rodgers chooses to retire after the 2021 season, he won’t have to lose $ 11.5 million of his signing bonus, instead forcing the Packers to trade him in or release him, and allowing Rodgers to get away from the game more easily, if he wishes.
Things could get complicated if the Packers and Rodgers face off again after the 2021 season, but given the paychecks ahead, it’s hard to say if Rodgers will be at Green Bay Green and Gold next year.
It’s all a little technical, but the important thing is that Rodgers potentially have the job security he craves for at least another year, or get the job he wanted from the start. The Packers could get another year of one of the meanest dudes on the planet under center – if all goes well in 2021. Sounds like a win-win for both parties.
Sorry, Jordan Love.