As it turns out, money is an object.
Aaron Rodgers is still mulling his future as an NFL quarterback, with the quarterback supposedly ready to make a decision “soon enough.” While the Packers are waiting to see what Rodgers will do next, that hasn’t stopped teams from making inquiries and trying to work through a deal.
The money that Rodgers is due in 2023, though, has presented a bit of an issue, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.
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Speaking on “Get Up!” on Monday, Fowler explained the situation:
.@JFowlerESPN says ‘the #Jets appear to be in a great spot’ in the QB market 🤤 + Derek Carr’s preference is playing in NY + NYJ isn’t out on #Packers QB Aaron Rodgers ‘I can say that’: 🎥 @GetUpESPN #TakeFlight #GoPackGo pic.twitter.com/6yPLOAXQmu
— Paul Andrew Esden Jr (@BoyGreen25) March 6, 2023
As @JFowlerESPN notes on @GetUpESPN, #Jets still involved with Rodgers, but contract ($59M in ‘23) is a roadblock. Sounds like they want GB to eat some money. FWIW: AR said in late January he’d be willing to adjust contract. Everything is negotiable – contract, draft comp.
— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) March 6, 2023
“The Packers, with Aaron Rodgers and his contact, has a $58 million balloon payment this year — teams really don’t want to take that on,” Fowler said. “They at least want to rework it. The Packers as of yet haven’t found a sweet spot with another team to be able to do that.
“So, you’ve run into some roadblocks right now, where teams might have to pivot soon.”
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Rodgers is due $59 million in 2023, though not all of that will count against the cap in the same way. An acquiring team will have the option to spread out his cap hit, so that monstrous number won’t actually land on the cap.
In fact, if a team trades for him and executes the contract option on his salary, then Rodgers’ cap charge will end up at $15,790,000 — a very reasonable number for a player of Rodgers’ caliber.
Beyond 2023, it gets a little more dicey. Rodgers has a cap charge of $32 million, but that’s still a somewhat reasonable number should Rodgers perform well.
Ultimately, it comes down to just how comfortable a team is paying Rodgers a lot of money upfront. That has, apparently, presented a bit of an issue so far, but NFL teams have a tendency of working around roadblocks.