Aaron Rodgers set to remain with Packers with record new deal in the works

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Quarterback Aaron Rodgers is poised to remain with the Green Bay Packers.
Rodgers and the Packers are working to complete negotiations on a new contract that would pay him about $50 million per season, according to multiple people familiar with the deliberations. The expectation is that, barring a last-minute breakdown in those talks, Rodgers will remain with the Packers, according to one of those people.
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Rodgers, 38, is set to stay put in Green Bay after weeks of contemplating his football future following the disappointing end to the Packers’ season. He has won the NFL’s past two most valuable player awards, but the Packers failed to reach the Super Bowl despite entering the past two postseasons as the NFC’s top seed.

He had a turbulent 2021 season that began with him reporting to training camp following an offseason standoff with the team’s front office. The tumult also included him creating a national controversy when he vigorously defended his unvaccinated status after testing positive for the coronavirus in November.






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Pat McAfee, the former NFL punter who hosts a show on which Rodgers regularly appears, wrote on Twitter on Tuesday that Rodgers “will officially be returning to the Green Bay Packers.” McAfee said later on his show that he’d been told by Rodgers that the quarterback plans to remain with the Packers. No deal is in place for a new contract, McAfee said. NFL Network reported that Rodgers and the Packers had agreed to a four-year, $200 million deal.

The new contract could end up being worth around $50 million per season or perhaps even slightly more than that if the negotiations indeed are completed as expected, according to multiple people familiar with the situation. Rodgers would supplant Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, whose contract is worth $45 million per season, as the NFL’s highest-paid player. Rodgers’s deal is expected to be structured in a way that would provide salary cap relief for the Packers during the upcoming season.


Rodgers has two seasons remaining on a four-year, $134 million contract. The deal averages $33.5 million per year. It pays Rodgers about $27.5 million for the 2022 season, when he is to count approximately $46.7 million against the salary cap.






There had been ongoing speculation that Rodgers might seek a trade, and he had not ruled out the possibility of retirement.
A trade request would have kicked off a wild frenzy of bidding that could have included the Denver Broncos, Pittsburgh Steelers and other quarterback-needy NFL teams. A retirement decision would have had him walking away from the sport during the same offseason that fellow quarterbacking greats Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger announced they were done playing.

Instead, Rodgers is close to making it official that he will play an 18th season for the Packers. He will try to join his former Packers teammate, quarterback Brett Favre, as the only players to win three straight league MVP awards. And he and the Packers will attempt to make the return trip to a Super Bowl that has proven so elusive in recent years.


The Packers face a salary cap crunch and must re-sign Rodgers’s favorite receiver, wideout Davante Adams, who is eligible for unrestricted free agency next week. The team could use the franchise player tag by Tuesday afternoon’s deadline to keep Adams off the free agent market. Rodgers had said that he had no interest in being part of a rebuilding project in Green Bay.
But he’d also said that he’d had discussions following the season with General Manager Brian Gutekunst and other team officials that had been more productive than previous interactions with the Packers’ management. The thawing of that relationship appeared to set the stage for Rodgers’s return.

“It just comes down to kind of weighing where I’m at mentally and understanding what the commitment is, and then kind of making a commitment and everybody moving forward,” Rodgers said three days before the Super Bowl, when he accepted his fourth career MVP award at the “NFL Honors” show Feb. 10 in Los Angeles.


Rodgers said then that he did not fear retirement but remained highly competitive and still had a bitter feeling from the Packers’ loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the divisional round of the NFC playoffs. He said that he’d had “great conversations” with the Packers before leaving town following the postseason defeat.
“Should I come back, there’s things that need to get done, probably, to get the team where it needs to go,” Rodgers said then. “But should I feel like [it’s] my time to move on and do something else, I’ll be extremely, eternally grateful for the Green Bay Packers organization, the fan base, all the incredible 17 years’ worth of memories and friendships and special, special moments that I’ve gotten to share with members of the organization, my teammates, people that work there and the fans as well. I’m just super thankful for every single moment.”
Rodgers threw for 4,115 yards and 37 touchdowns with only four interceptions last season while posting a league-best passer rating of 111.9. Rodgers played with a fractured toe suffered during his isolation period following his positive coronavirus test.

 

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Chicago Bear Icon George Halas just turned over in
his grave. HIs ghost shouted out: "Aaron Rodgers
is now the highest paid nemesis of Chicago Bears for
the next 4 years."
 

lucas80

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This seems to be less dramatic then what I would have expected from Rodgers. I guess he looked at the landscape and figured out his best shot at winning is to stick in GB.
 

sober_teacher

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This seems to be less dramatic then what I would have expected from Rodgers. I guess he looked at the landscape and figured out his best shot at winning is to stick in GB.
Maybe the best shot, but they’re still badly over leveraged and I don’t think he wins another one. Don’t see how the team will be better than the last couple years.
 
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onlyTheObvious

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Maybe the best shot, but they’re still badly over leveraged and I don’t think he wins another one. Don’t see how the team will be better than the last couple years.
With Wilson to AFC Rodgers is the best QB in NFC by an almost unimaginable margin.

that and $200 million is a good reason to stay.
 

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With Wilson to AFC Rodgers is the best QB in NFC by an almost unimaginable margin.

that and $200 million is a good reason to stay.
Agreed, but they’re still severely over-leveraged. They franchised Adams, but they’re still likely to lose a lot of guys. And quarterbacks aside, they’re far from the best roster imo.
 
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sober_teacher

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They will no doubt be in record breaking cap hell in the future.

they’re already there. They still have to release or trade guys to get under the cap.

im honestly losing a ton of respect for the Packers franchise here. They’ve badly mishandled Rodgers ever since they drafted Love, whether you agree with that pick or not. Aaron effectively runs that franchise for the next four years, who’s going to tell him no on anything?
 
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