A renegotiation deal is open if Aaron Rodgers plays in 2023
Aaron Rodgers he hasn’t made a decision on whether he plans to continue his NFL career in 2023 — let alone which team — but he said he understands the business side.
Rodgers is guaranteed $59.465 million if he plays through 2023 as part of the three-year, $150 million contract extension he signed in March. He carries a salary cap hit of $31,623,570 for next season.
“Because of Covid, there’s a lot of teams that are tied up, and you’re seeing a lot of different contracts with more money coming out of the deals,” Rodgers said on the show. “They’re creating false assumptions to make the cap easier, so some adjustments would have to be made, for sure.”
The current contract makes it difficult, but not impossible, to trade Rodgers, largely because the Packers would be stuck with a significant amount of dead money on the salary cap.
First things first: Rodgers has to decide if he wants to play, and whether that’s for the Packers or another team.
“All other ideas [a] trade and what not, it’s all a guesswork until I decide what I want to do on my own,” Rodgers said.
Last summer, Rodgers said he “definitely” planned to end his career with the Packers. On McAfee’s show last week, he left the door open to other possibilities.
“I hope there’s gratitude on both sides if that happens,” Rodgers said Tuesday. “But again, that doesn’t open the door to any guesswork, really, on my part. And I’m not saying that’s cryptic. I just have to figure out what I want to do, and then we’ll do it. See where all the parties are and what happens. after that.”
Rodgers also said it may not be his decision to return to the Packers, even though the team has said publicly that Rodgers would welcome him back.
“If they think it would be in the best interest of the team to move forward, so be it,” he said. “Again, that wouldn’t offend me, and wouldn’t make me feel like a victim. I wouldn’t have any animosity towards the team. I love the organization, I love the city, I love the region. I’m a minority owner [Milwaukee] Bucks; I will be part of the region after I finish playing. I really love what’s going on in Green Bay. And I would love to end there, I would. I might have ended up there. Who knows?”
Rodgers, 39, won the MVP award in 2020 and 2021, but had one of his worst seasons in 2022. He played in at least 15 games and threw for the fewest yards (3,695) of any season with the most interceptions. (12) for more than a decade. He didn’t have a single 300-yard passing game. He also suffered a broken thumb and rib and knee injuries during the season.
The Packers missed the playoffs for the first time under coach Matt LaFleur and their first losing record since 2018 (8-9). Jordan Love a game would start.
“What’s the old saying that people like to say? ‘Oh, the grass isn’t always greener on the other side,'” Rodgers said. “And I always say: ‘The grass is greener where you water it.’ I think that’s the most important thing to remember. Change is a part of this business, it’s a part of life, and I think being open to it and accepting that change in any form is an important part of reaching peace with whatever decision you make. before you I think the most important kind of peace I want to achieve is to feel good mentally where I am. If I want to hang up and do that, to have the peace to do that.”
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