The news of the return of the NFL’s most valuable player, Aaron Rodgers, to the Green Bay Packers has made headlines in all sports media around the world.
However, he was quick to debunk reports that he had already agreed to specific terms.
Hi everyone, I just wanted to clarify some things; YES I will play with the @packers next year, however, reports that I signed a contract are inaccurate, as are the supposed terms of the contract I “signed.” I’m very happy to be back 💪🏼 #year18❤️
—Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) March 8, 2022
Rodgers said, “Hi everyone, just wanted to clear up a few things; YES, I will be playing with the @packers next year, however, the information that I signed a contract is inaccurate, as is the supposed terms of the contract I “signed”. I’m very happy to be back #year18″
NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport tweeted yesterday that Rodgers had “agreed” to a four-year, $200 million deal with $153 million guaranteed.
That contract would have made him the highest-paid player in the league, beating Patrick Mahomes’ average annual value of $45 million.
However, Rodgers and sports media personality Pat McAfee were quick to debunk the information shared by Rapoport.
McAfee added that it’s possible the deal Rapoport tweeted was offered to Rodgers, but he hasn’t necessarily accepted it yet.
There’s also an argument that the four-time NFL MVP would take less money to help re-sign other players like Davante Adams.
What Rodgers’ new contract will look like
While details regarding the new deal are still uncertain, Rodgers and the Packers would like to retain salary cap flexibility without jeopardizing the money the veteran quarterback deserves.
Therefore, they will structure the deal to lower their cap reached in 2022 to bring them under the cap and strengthen their roster.
As the contract progresses, Rodgers will earn more money as the targets around him have also been signed to long-term deals.
If they ever go over the cap, they can always restructure contracts by converting base salaries into signing bonuses.
This way, the amount that reflects on the salary cap decreases, helping them maintain their players while dropping below the cap threshold.