Report: Packers, Aaron Rodgers in ‘really good place’ originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
After nearly a year of drama suggesting Aaron Rodgers wanted to leave Green Bay, new reports have emerged indicating the bad blood may be gone.
“Things are going great with Rodgers and the Packers, with the negotiations, with the deal,” Ian Rapoport said on NFL Network Thursday. “Everyone is just waiting for Rodgers.
“If Aaron Rodgers stays in Green Bay, it will be on a new contract. It’s going to make him, almost certainly, the highest paid player in the NFL, and it’s going to be a shorter deal, and one with probably a few false years at the end to make the capping situation a lot easier and give them some place to do things like retain Davante Adams, which they want to do, and retain several others.
As it stands, the Packers are over the $30.5 million cap, according to Spotrac. It’s also without Davante Adams in the books. If the Packers want to squeeze in new deals for Adams and Rodgers under the cap, they’ll obviously have some creative accounting work ahead of them, like adding the empty years to the deals Rapoport mentions. They may also have to eliminate some veteran players. But last week general manager Brian Gutekunst said he was “very confident” the team would find a way to make it work.
Right now, Patrick Mahomes is the highest paid player based on total contract and annual average value. He signed a ten-year, $450 million contract in 2020.
In addition to returning to Green Bay, Rodgers could ask for a trade or retire.
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