The Packers and Aaron Rodgers seem to have called a halt to their offseason dance.
According to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, the 38-year-old Rodgers and Green Bay have agreed to a four-year, $200 million contract. Rodgers is guaranteed $153 million of that sum. Rodgers’ new contract lowers his salary cap for 2022 and makes him the highest-paid player in the NFL on an annual basis.
The latter is crucial for the remainder of Green Bay’s campaign. Due to Green Bay’s $26 million salary overage and Aaron Rodgers’ $46.6 million 2022 cap figure, keeping Davante Adams on the team was difficult.
Rapoport claimed that Green Bay will utilize the franchise tag on Adams prior to Tuesday at 4 p.m. Eastern Time because of Rodgers’ new, lower cap figure.
“The Pat McAfee Show” was the source for the initial report on Rodgers’ contract. The quarterback wrote in a tweet that he “will be playing for the Packers” this year and that he is “very excited to be back.”
The reverberations of his deal go on. Due to the size of the pact, Rodgers might be able to avoid a forced succession plan that would have Jordan Love, who will be taken in the first round of the 2020 draft, as part of it. The same way he emulated Brett Favre, he did this.
It is well known that Brett Favre moved to Minneapolis and New York before he retired, so Aaron Rodgers is unlikely to follow suit.
Rodgers most definitely did not want this to happen, and over the winter before the previous season, he worked to sow discord in the media. It took him until the 2021 season to put things right with Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst.
Given that the Packers had once again fallen to the 49ers in the Divisional Round and that Rodgers had won the NFL MVP award the previous season, Rodgers had as much sway as he could muster.