Inside the Aaron Rodgers deal

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To supplement (or supersede) the instant analysis of the new Aaron Rodgers contract based on the numbers reported by former teammate James Jones, PFT has obtained more details about the deal.

And here they are.

1. The signing bonus is $57.5 million. (The prior record was $50 million, set by Matthew Stafford.)

2. Through the end of the 2018 season, Rodgers will earn $66.9 million.

3. Through March 2019, he’ll earn $80.8 million.

4. Through the 2019 season, he’ll earn $81.9 million.

5. Through the 2020 season, he’ll earn $103 million.

6. Through the 2021 season, he’ll earn $125 million.

7. Through the 2022 season, he’ll earn $150.5 million.

8. Through the 2023 season, he’ll earn $176 million.

The base value of the deal is $176 million over six years, an average of $29.33 million at signing. The new-money average is $33.5 million. Both are all-time records.

The contract also includes $4 million in incentives/escalators, which could push the total value to $180 million. That would make it an even $30 million per year on the full six years.

We’ll have more analysis of the contract during Wednesday’s #PFTPM podcast.

81 responses to “Inside the Aaron Rodgers deal

  1. I guess money will never be a problem for A Rod. Wonder how the Packers will manage to pay the rest of the roster?

  2. If Jimmy Garoppolo, Kirk Cousins, and Matt Ryan are worth what they got, Rodgers is worth every penny of this and more.
    I’m glad that Rodgers will be with the Packers until he retires.

  3. Best player in the game.

    It’s actually a fairly team friendly deal, all things considered. And the Packers certainly weren’t stupid and desperate enough to give him a fully guaranteed contract.

  4. Say goodbye to any future Super Bowls, great way to ruin your team. Just ask Baltimore.You better win this year Packers. Your team is finished.

  5. Say goodbye to any future Super Bowls, great way to ruin your team. Just ask Baltimore.You better win this year Packers. Your team is finished.

  6. Buddy, it’s not that you’re not “worth it” compared to the other big money guys. You are. But your team isn’t good enough to be eating up that much cap.

  7. Way to commit 1/5 of your cap space to one player…. Ask Payton Manning’s team how that worked out for them….

  8. What are the chances he actually sees any thing close to all that money?
    But then again even if it is half those numbers he’s doing pretty good.

  9. So he’s only going to make $1.1 million for the 2019 season? What a crappy deal. Haha

  10. LandOf10000MethLabs says:
    August 29, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    And the Packers certainly weren’t stupid and desperate enough to give him a fully guaranteed contract.
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    What difference does it make if it’s fully guaranteed? The amount of guaranteed money is much higher than Cousins’ deal.

  11. “2. Through the end of the 2018 season, Rodgers will earn $66.9 million.”

    So does this imply that his cap hit is $66.9M for this season?

  12. I’d rather see the money go to a better character guy.
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    What exactly is wrong with his character? Stupid post

  13. And just like that…….

    The Packers signed the best QB at a 1/5th of their cap ensuring that they would go from a bad team yesterday to a terrible team next decade.

  14. And freed up 15.4 million dollars against the cap.

    The contract actually makes it EASIER to put more pieces around him.

  15. contra74 says:
    August 29, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    And just like that…….

    The Packers signed the best QB at a 1/5th of their cap ensuring that they would go from a bad team yesterday to a terrible team next decade.

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    All players making $20 million plus are taking up 1/5 of the cap spot. Even the low paid Tom Brady with a 27 million dollar cap hit.

  16. terrible deal for Rodgers. He could have gotten an escalator that keeps him the highest paid. I’m sure the basic stock boys here will disagree but they’re closer to cro-magnons then elite NFL QBs.

  17. Plays poorly from behind. Loses heart quickly. Not a leader.

    Re-watch some games in which they are losing. His body language says it all.

    He’s tied for 97th (all time) in 4th quarter comebacks. 97th. Ryan Tannehill is ahead of him! Dalton is 50 spots ahead of him.

  18. nhpats says:
    August 29, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    “2. Through the end of the 2018 season, Rodgers will earn $66.9 million.”

    So does this imply that his cap hit is $66.9M for this season?
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    The signing bonus is averaged out over the length of the contract for determining the salary cap hit. As a football genius, I thought you would know that.

  19. They were 11 mil under the cap space this morning so it will be interesting to see how they shift this around. Aaron is worth the money, not sure Clay Matthews is worth 10 million.

  20. Best quarterback to ever play the game. I see a superbowl in each of those years. He is worth more than this. Vikings fans need not comment, we know what you will say, the same tired and lonely comments.

  21. “Say goodbye to any future Super Bowls, great way to ruin your team. Just ask Baltimore.”

    Somewhere in that statement is some murky, erroneous comparison of Rodgers and Flacco. Why do people tread down such avenues that they make themselves look not only stupid, but almost that they have no real understanding of football on any meaningful level?

  22. Chad A says:
    August 29, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    They were 11 mil under the cap space this morning so it will be interesting to see how they shift this around. Aaron is worth the money, not sure Clay Matthews is worth 10 million.

    +++++

    Clay isn’t likely to be, but what choice do they have?
    Frankly I think Cobb will be cut if he doesn’t take a reduction in salary.

  23. brwmstr says:
    August 29, 2018 at 3:12 pm
    Way to commit 1/5 of your cap space to one player…. Ask Payton Manning’s team how that worked out for them….
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    How about 4 trips to the Super Bowl and a couple wins. Seems OK to me…

  24. dpdonny says:
    August 29, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    He’s tied for 97th (all time) in 4th quarter comebacks. 97th. Ryan Tannehill is ahead of him! Dalton is 50 spots ahead of him.

    +++++++

    How many playoff wins do Dalton and Tannehill have, anyway?

    Rodgers has a 94-48 record. You might be focusing on the wrong stat.

  25. Hey….it’s only money. The Pack will make more I guess. Ridiculous what these guys are paid…particularly those marginal to average QBs are paid. Totally screws the rest of the league when jumpy GM’s overpay mean.

  26. While the money is AWESOMEj, don’t cry when you don’t have an O line and WR’s are rooks. I’ve seen over my years that Tom Brady has done his contract the best (of the elite QB’s). Tom always allows the team enough funds to build a full team around him. While Brady isn’t the highest paid, he’s not going to be poor and his team is a lot better than had he taken the $$$. If you don’t believe me you haven’t followed the NFL long enough. Every time and I mean Every time a QB gets super paid, the within 2 years the team is in CAP TROUBLE and they often have a losing record for the years to come…and it’s directly related to the Cap and the one player taking up too much of it (in this case the QB).

  27. worth every penny
    but with the salary cap
    a lot less, for his team-mates
    not a winning recipe

  28. People criticize him both because he got so much and because he could have gotten more. So maybe he’s just about right. I’m glad he and GB got it done without all the drama we’ve seen from other teams. And I think we may find out that the Packers have some pretty good players in place around him, despite what the internet experts think.

  29. Despite the jealous comments from the Viking trolls, just remember, the Vikings sat there with two first round picks with Rodgers in the Green Room and are the only team in the NFL to pass on Rodgers, not once but twice!

  30. rho1953 says:
    August 29, 2018 at 3:00 pm
    I guess money will never be a problem for A Rod. Wonder how the Packers will manage to pay the rest of the roster?

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    They’re not nor have been paying anybody now, so I guess it can’t get worse for him.

  31. Thank you Green Bay management, thank you Rodger’s agent, thanks to the diva himself and thanks most of all to Matt Ryan’s agent for ‘hurrying’ to get that deal done. This is even more than I hoped for!

  32. kenmasters34 says:
    August 29, 2018 at 3:01 pm
    In 2021, Aaron will be complaining that he is only making 25M/year

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    In 2019 he is only going to be making $1.1M, probably the poorest guy on the team! Maybe he is planning an IR year.

  33. Russ Ball has been with the Packers for 11 years and is known as one of the best cap managers in the NFL. But I see we have more experienced cap managers posting here. lol.

  34. contra74 says:
    August 29, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    And just like that…….

    The Packers signed the best QB at a 1/5th of their cap ensuring that they would go from a bad team yesterday to a terrible team next decade.

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    So, by your logic, the Packers should get rid of Rodgers to avoid being terrible? Thanks, but I’ll take Rodgers.

  35. The list of teams who would pay him more, is much longer than the list of teams who wouldn’t be interested. May be foolish, may be detrimental to the long-term success of the team, but that’s the reality. If GB had let him get away, the fans would burn down whatever buildings there are in Green Bay…barns? I’ve never been

  36. Oh, the Rodgers and Packers haters are really funny! They love slamming Rodgers and the Packers because they are so jealous that their favorite teams don’t have Rodgers and their team doesn’t have the Packers’ history.
    It’s just like all the Brady and Pats haters. Those fans who slam Brady and the Pats are jealous of them, too.
    Too bad all you Rodgers and Packers haters — Rodgers is here to stay and you’ll have to deal with him for quite a few more years, meaning the Packers will continue to field good teams.
    Like it or not — Rodgers is the best QB in the NFL. Even Tom Brady said that. So — cry all you want!!

  37. frodoftw7 says:
    August 29, 2018 at 4:41 pm
    If the money’s there to pay the other players more, just raise the salary cap. There, problem solved.

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    Hey owners have to eat too.

  38. Is there a better use for those funds ? Overwhelming free agent defense ? Average QB with great WR and RB. Seems like NFL forces GM to pay QB.

  39. The 4th quarter comeback stat is so stupid. Yeah… not a ton of 4th quarter comebacks. 95% of the reason for that is because they have not been down in the 4th quarter all that often under Rodgers. Logic escapes so so many.

  40. The trolls troll, but the GM of their team would make that contract in a minute and do whatever it takes to make any other necessary adjustments. In a minute! Go Pack Go

  41. The NFL makes so much $. This contract will be considered small in a few years. He’s worth it in comparison to the fair market value of other players in the National Football League.

  42. When the salary cap shrinks due to declining revenues, that contract will force the Packers to cut Rodgers. Reality is, the NFL is becoming unpopular. More so every year and especially because of the protesting, huge money contracts and a lot of the players acting out like little kids. When the networks decide the bang isn’t worth the bucks, the NFL is not going to be anything like it is today. And that time is as near as the next TV negotiations. Think CBS and FOX are going to continue paying top dollar for reaching only half the viewers it had last time around?

  43. I’m glad it’s done. It’s fair to Rodgers and the Packers, which was the expressed mutual intent. Rodgers handled the bruehaha with integrity and aplomb. The Packers WANTED to compensate him fairly, and he trusted them and never verbalized any substantive issues with the process. He’s a pro’s pro, and a natural-born leader. Read it and weep trolls.

    Win-win.

  44. shlort says:
    August 29, 2018 at 6:17 pm

    Reality is, the NFL is becoming unpopular.
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    Yeah, just keep telling yourself that.

  45. Price you pay for the best in the league. Packers didn’t have much choice after all, but they better hope he stays healthy.

  46. Mister Rodgers should have asked for more, considering that DeShone Kizer is now officially the backup, having traded Brett Hundley to the Seahawks lol

    Mike McCarthy, my fellow ‘63 Baby, what choo been smokin’, bruh? lol

  47. rho1953 says:
    August 29, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    I guess money will never be a problem for A Rod. Wonder how the Packers will manage to pay the rest of the roster?

    ————————————————————————

    It’s called competent salary cap management.

  48. I just read he’ll get $80 mil by the end of 2019…wow! So, why are t their people on here calling him greedy the way y’all do with the likes of leveon bell? Personally, I say make what you can while you can, that’s smart-not greedy but Hmmmmm I wonder why Rodgers avoids that talk, it couldn’t be his skin color, could it?

  49. Tom Brady gets paid under the table that explains his low cap number for so many years

  50. It’s a great deal for the Packers.

    It works out OK for Aaron because he doesn’t any family that acknowledges him, and I’m sure Danica’s contract wasn’t as lucrative as Olivia’s, and that can be renegotiate with whoever’s next in a couple years.

    As always, Aaron is great QB, no argument.

  51. Erin is locked up for the next six years. Kirk Cousins gets to ring the bell again in three. Who won? If you were a player which contract would you want?

  52. Good for Aaron…as a Milwaukee boy and lifelong Pack fan, I love the fact that AR who is a California guy has made a great connection to Green Bay and the state of Wisconsin.
    He is well respected and admired in the state, and has made it known all along that he wants to finish his career in GB.

    He has gone so far as to buying a minority interest in the Milwaukee Bucks.
    He has been great for the franchise, has been a warrior, and despite some negative press that he is a prima donna, he is not.

    Congrats Ar…you deserve to be the highest paid player in the Nfl and we are glad the Pack agreed.

  53. iamthegreatcornflorio says:
    August 29, 2018 at 9:36 pm
    Erin is locked up for the next six years. Kirk Cousins gets to ring the bell again in three. Who won? If you were a player which contract would you want?

    I’m not sure, but I sure know which quarterback I’d rather have.

  54. I remember in 2001 when Favre signed a 10 year 101 million extension…He became the NFL’s first “100 Million Dollar Man” All the little haters at that time said “Green Bay will never be able to afford anyone else. The Packers are dead for the next 20 yrs” I laughed and I’m laughing again now.

    Aaron Rodgers extension is very team and cap friendly. The majority of the contract is front loaded. 58 mill signing bonus taken off the top right off the bat for starters. Majority of the deal paid in the first 12 months which helps the Packers. People act like the Packers were not already paying Aaron a lot of money. This extension changes nothing really. Sorry to burst the bubbles of you haters that think this will break the Packers. Nope. All is good in Green Bay👌

    Shout out to Russ Ball and David Dunn who put together this deal. This deal keeps Aaron a Packer for life. Huge positives all around. Russ Ball is the best hardball contract negotiator in the NFL. He is tight with the Packers money and some feel that is bad thing. I do not. He is smart, not cheap. The Packers always come out on top in the deals they make.

    We are now 10 days out for kickoff of week 1 of the 2018 season of the Green Bay Packers!

    The Bears the first victims…

    It’s time!

    Let’s do this!

    #100Seasons🏈

    #TitleTown

    #OneTeamOneNation

    #PackersNation!

  55. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    August 29, 2018 at 3:24 pm
    LandOf10000MethLabs says:
    August 29, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    And the Packers certainly weren’t stupid and desperate enough to give him a fully guaranteed contract.
    _______

    What difference does it make if it’s fully guaranteed? The amount of guaranteed money is much higher than Cousins’ deal.

    \\\\

    Wrong

    Rodgers fully guaranteed at signing is 78,700,000

    Cousins is fully guaranteed for 84,000,000

  56. andrwken says:
    August 30, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    Rodgers fully guaranteed at signing is 78,700,000
    ___________

    Nice try, but the only way that’s all Rodgers gets guaranteed is if he has a career-ending injury next year that causes the Packers to drop him from the roster. You know that isn’t going to happen. According to spotrac.com, the total guaranteed is $98.7 million, and even that is low. Over the next three years (the length of Cousins’ contract), Rodgers will get $103 million, and that is all essentially guaranteed. They still can’t cut him after the third year because the dead cap money is so onerous, so the fourth year is essentially guaranteed. That makes it $125 million that is essentially guaranteed over four years. The Packers have an out after that where they only have a $11.5 million dead cap hit, so they may be willing to cut him at that point.

  57. aj66shanghai says:
    August 29, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    The list of teams who would pay him more, is much longer than the list of teams who wouldn’t be interested. May be foolish, may be detrimental to the long-term success of the team, but that’s the reality. If GB had let him get away, the fans would burn down whatever buildings there are in Green Bay…barns? I’ve never been

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    Do you make it a habit, this commenting on things about which you admittedly know nothing at all? If so, you’ll fit right in with the little purple pals.

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