so you’ve seen a copy of Aaron Rogers contract? No seriously, because if anyone here HAS seen it and is intimately familiar with the governing NFL rules, then I’d be seriously interested. But I’m guessing only a handful of people with the Packer organization, Rogers’ circle, and NFL offices know the TRUE cap implication/options there are with Rogers.
I obviously haven't seen the contract but all the information needed to understand cap implications of Rodgers coming back for another season, retiring or being traded or released is out there.
Here are the possible scenarios for next season:
1.) Rodgers comes back for the 2023 season: He has a base salary of only $1.165 million as well as a workout bonus of $50K (so don't expect him to show up for OTAs) but the Packers have to pay him an option bonus of $58.3 million before the start of the regular season. The cap hit of that bonus will be spread out over four seasons, resulting in a cap hit of $14.575 million for 2023. In total, with other prorated bonuses still counting against the team's cap he will count a total of $31.6 million towards the team's cap in 2023.
2. & 3.) Rodgers retires or gets traded after this year: Both of those scenarios will result in a total amount of dead money of $40.3 million counting against the Packers cap at some point. They have the option of taking the entire hit in 2023 or spread it out over two seasons with a cap hit of $15.8 million in 2023 and another $24.5 million in '24.
4.) The Packers release Rodgers: Actually that's not a viable option as his option bonus of $58.3 million is fully guaranteed. Just FYI that move would result in a total of $100 million of dead money counting against their cap in 2023 or over the next two years.
One thing that is important to understand considering the unique structure of his contract is that if the Packers keep Rodgers around for the 2023 season and once again in '24 the dead money actually increases if they move on from him the following season.
If you want any further information just let me know and I will try to explain it to you.
He declared on national TV that he had no interest in being part of a rebuilding effort in Green Bay yet that’s what he’s in the middle of especially at the WR (and soon TE) position. I mean the guy flat out TELLS you he’s disinterested, and you give him $150M.
I don't think anyone inside 1265 thought the Packers would struggle to make the playoffs this season.
Davante Adams leaving after Rogers extended tells you all you really need to know.
Adams leaving had nothing to do with Rodgers at all.