Aaron Rodgers contract: Packers stats revealed in historic NFL trade signed by defending MVP
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Aaron Rodgers recently gave the Green Bay Packers and their fans something to celebrate when he promised a return to the 2022 season, but he initially denied reports of a huge deal signed at the time. Fast forward to now, well, there’s nothing to argue about, because the data is out, and it’s official: Rogers is a very, very rich man, even outside the tax bracket he already calls home.
According to CBS Sports NFL insider Jonathan Jones, his new contract is essentially a four-year deal worth just under $160 million, but things got complicated after reviewing the documents.
It includes two dummy (blank) years on the back end as placeholders to allow the Packers to distribute the salary cap more evenly according to the NFL Network and lower his 2022 cap from $46.66 million to $28 million. Rodgers will receive $150.6 million of that $160 million ($50 million per season on average) over the first three years of his contract, including $136.5 million over the next two seasons, which is expected to make $74.5 million in 2022 USD and $62 million in 2023.
Here are the caps for the next three seasons:
2022: $28.5 million (down from $46.7 million)
: $28.5 million (down from $46.7 million) 2023: $31.6 million (up from $7.7 million – previous competitive season)
: $31.6 million (up from $7.7 million – previous competitive season) 2024: $40.7 million
In addition to a slew of other deals the Packers made in early 2022 in NFL free agency — namely the extensions of Preston Smith and De’Vondre Campbell and the release of linebacker Za’Darius Smith and offensive linebacker Billy Turner — There is still plenty of cap space to be freed, but if Rodgers decides to leave after the 2023 season, there will be downsides. Because if he did, the Packers would face a $68.2 million loss, with future risk as the current trade-off for winning the Cap rankings.
Now that their biggest exclamation point is done, the Packers can get back to other pressing matters, such as the refusal of all-pro wide receiver Davante Adams to play under the designated franchise tag in 2022. There’s plenty of room now and the deal is done, the only question is if and when.