Aaron Rodgers despatched Inexperienced Bay Packers followers right into a frenzy on the conclusion of final season when he indicated his future with the franchise is unsure, and it’s honest to surprise if the star quarterback nonetheless feels that means.
Rodgers and the Packers haven’t but labored out a contract extension. ESPN’s Rob Demovsky reported on Tuesday that the crew paid Rodgers his $6.8 million roster bonus final week moderately than changing it a signing bonus, which might have freed up $4.5 million in wage cap house this yr. That cash would have been pushed to 2022 and 2023, which can be why Inexperienced Bay most well-liked to simply pay it now.
Which will additionally say one thing about how lengthy the Packers plan to maintain Rodgers. Whereas it’s nonetheless potential that the 2 sides will work out an extension, Inexperienced Bay’s perceived hesitance to probably paying useless cap cash down the street in the event that they transfer on from Rodgers is noteworthy.
Sources advised Demovsky that Rodgers needs assurances from the Packers that he won’t enter the 2021 season as a “lame duck.” That might be completed by changing some or most of his $14.7 million base wage for subsequent season right into a signing bonus, which might liberate wage cap house for 2021 however enhance Rodgers’ useless cap hit for 2022.
If the Packers would moderately simply depart issues as is, that might be a sign that they’re interested by turning to Jordan Love sooner moderately than later. Rodgers is 37 and had one in every of his finest seasons final yr, however all of us bear in mind when Inexperienced Bay moved on from Brett Favre in favor of him. May the identical occur with Rodgers and Love?
A separate report this week indicated that the Packers are treading evenly in negotiations with Rodgers. That is smart given the feedback he made after Inexperienced Bay’s loss within the NFC Championship Recreation, which you possibly can learn right here.
In all probability, Rodgers needs the Packers to show they’re doing every part they’ll to win with him now. Exhibiting that stage of dedication whereas making an attempt to remain out of wage cap jail in future seasons could be a troublesome stability.