Report: Packers pay Aaron Rodgers his $6.8 million roster bonus

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A report Monday indicated the Packers are working on a restructure of Aaron Rodgers‘ contract. The Packers easily could have reworked the quarterback’s deal last Friday if they had wanted.

Rob Demovsky of ESPN said the team paid Rodgers’ $6.8 million roster bonus as is rather than converting it into a signing bonus. Converting the money into a signing bonus would have given the Packers more than $4.5 million in salary-cap space for 2021.

That, however, would have pushed that money to future caps, increasing Rodgers’ cap number for 2022 and 2023. That, in turn, would have increased the amount of dead money the Packers would have had to pay Rodgers if the decide to trade the three-time MVP after this season.

Demovsky had a source tell him the team “possibly” still could do a restructure or extension of Rodgers’ contract.

Rodgers won the MVP award last season after the Packers traded up to select quarterback Jordan Love in the first round. But Rodgers’ play didn’t quiet speculation about his future in Green Bay.

Rodgers even seems to have questions about what the team’s plans are at the position with Love unlikely to sit more than another year before the Packers will have to make a decision about playing him or trading him.

What the Packers decide to do about Rodgers’ contract will provide more clarity on just what their intentions are.

21 responses to “Report: Packers pay Aaron Rodgers his $6.8 million roster bonus

  1. “Rodgers even seems to have questions about what the team’s plan are.”

    That is pure speculation. Aaron has never even implied that. Aaron has said repeatedly that he has been in constant communication with the Packers. Aaron stated he was in Green Bay for weeks after the season ended, and contact is ongoing.

    Gute has said that “we believe in letting a QB learn and grow for a few years” as Aaron did before he became the starter. Just because recently most QB’s don’t sit that long, doesn’t mean it can’t happen. The Packers don’t follow a rule book from others.

    All parties here have no questions to what is going on. Just because the media hasn’t heard anything doesn’t mean Rodgers or the Packers brass have questions.

    The J-Love era will start when it starts. Not on the timeline of anyone speculating from afar.

  2. Why is it “unlikely” that Love would “sit more more than another year”? Love has only been on the bench for one year….a covid year at that meaning almost zero experience. Rodgers sat for 3 seasons behind Favre before getting the job. Garoppolo sat behind Brady 3 seasons before being traded. Either could happen with Love in 2 years so what is the big deal right now or after this coming season???

  3. Sound like the same bunch of rocket surgeons that had Jones going to Miami a done deal. The whole salary cap reminds me of a credit card. Your a lot better paying them off when they are due

  4. Most high dollar free agents have signed so the team knows exactly how much cap space they have and if they are smart they’ll get as much of his contract on the 2021 books as possible so they can continue to put talent around him next year and the year after. He’s going nowhere.

  5. Who are all of these scrubs eating all of the cap? I know that the packers drafting has been horrific the past 5 years but is there any accountability for this?

  6. I suggest Rodgers’ 2020 MVP year (with coming up short of Super Bowl) means the Packers stick with him in 2021 and 2022–two more years. Even a less successful 2021 would end with, “Yeah, but he was the best player in the NFL (regular season) a year ago.” Thus, I think he’s the Packers QB for “multiple years,” as in two.

    If he has another significantly successful year in 2021, that pushes out again to 2023. If something with #12 and/or Green Bay sours, they will want to move on at the end of 2022 with a modest amount of dead money. There will be some for sure, but they don’t want it to be crippling.

    He’s a great player–playing when the GOAT Brady is still active. (And to be fair, had a better defense on his side.)

  7. Then he shouldn’t be expecting any exorbitant wedding gifts. In fact, HE should be handing out gifts to the guests.

  8. I’m so over these constant contract restructures. Guys will sign a deal and then instantly it’ll get restructured.

  9. Will the Packers give in to Rodgers’ new contract demands or not? Either way this will be fun to watch. A busted cap, multiyear commitment to Rodgers or a pouting Rodgers.

  10. It’s refreshing that the best player on your team makes no demands or self-serving statements, unlike Hunter in Minnesota for example. Rodgers has never played the diva card. There’s no reason for it, and never has been. The biggest difference among all NFCN teams and their expectations for success is still Aaron Rodgers. Nothing has changed. Wait…….some things have changed; You don’t see as many “Rodgers is washed up,” or, “the Packers will go 6-10,” predictions anymore.

  11. I am on the trade him while he is still worth something train. Houston would be a great trade. Houston sends a bunch of picks over and maybe some players. In exchange they get the reigning NFL MVP. Great deal.all the way around. Rodgers has zero heart for the game and only pretends to be a team player. He is older and all he wants is the personal achievements and nothing more. Favre played as hard as he could until the day he couldn’t. Rodgers just goes out and tries to make himself proud of himself. Dump him and let live play. If love isn’t the answer, they will surely have a high enough draft pick to get a good quarterback.

  12. stellarperformance says:
    March 23, 2021 at 5:41 pm
    It’s refreshing that the best player on your team makes no demands or self-serving statements, unlike Hunter in Minnesota for example.
    Phtttttttttttttttttttt

    You still cannot produce a single comment from Hunter saying anything can you but continue to repeat blather? Because it is not true, just deflection to protect your hero. So shallow.

    “Oh what a tangled web stella weaves/When first stella practices to deceive”

  13. Some without internet access have requested this information:

    Regardless of what Rick Spielman has said in recent weeks, the Danielle Hunter situation isn’t going away anytime soon. The Vikings’ superstar pass rusher, who is arguably their best player, said he “remains unhappy with his current situation with the Vikings and is exploring all options, including a trade request,”
    -The Athletic’s Chad Graff reported on Monday afternoon.

  14. stellarperformance says:
    March 23, 2021 at 7:22 pm
    Some without internet access have requested this information:

    Regardless of what Rick Spielman has said in recent weeks, the Danielle Hunter situation isn’t going away anytime soon. The Vikings’ superstar pass rusher, who is arguably their best player, said he “remains unhappy with his current situation with the Vikings and is exploring all options, including a trade request,”
    -The Athletic’s Chad Graff reported on Monday afternoon.
    **********
    Ruh Roh!!!

  15. so you’re saying a trade with GB – Danielle for Erin? Sounds good to me. Erin would make a excellent backup for Kurt.

  16. amaf21 says:
    March 23, 2021 at 7:44 pm
    so you’re saying a trade with GB – Danielle for Erin? Sounds good to me. Erin would make a excellent backup for Kurt.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    No, you’re saying that, and who is Erin?

  17. I am on the trade him while he is still worth something train. Houston would be a great trade. Houston sends a bunch of picks over and maybe some players. In exchange they get the reigning NFL MVP.
    ==========

    Houston is in full rebuild mode. Why would they give up their most valuable assets (Draft picks) in exchange for a QB that has 3 or 4 years left?

    .. to say nothing of the fact that Rodgers would probably retire before he ever played for a terrible organization like that.

  18. Why is it “unlikely” that Love would “sit more more than another year”? Love has only been on the bench for one year….a covid year at that meaning almost zero experience. Rodgers sat for 3 seasons behind Favre before getting the job. Garoppolo sat behind Brady 3 seasons before being traded. Either could happen with Love in 2 years so what is the big deal right now or after this coming season???
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    I am onboard with whatever their plan is for Love, I’ll say that, first off.

    I think Charean makes a pretty valid point though. Sitting is not completely ideal, and it wasn’t ideal with Rodgers either. There is as much risk as reward.

    Rodgers situation basically forced their hand with Favre. That deep into a contract, you had better know what you have before you commit QB money. Rodgers had to play.

    In the Favre case, taht wasn’t so bad. It was pretty clear he wasn’t going to lead the team to another Super Bowl. Cemented by 2007, a season where virtually everything was setup.

    Rodgers turns 38 in December. I don’t think he’s a guy that will have to be pushed out the League, but what if he wants to play into his mid-40s? What if he’s good enough to warrant that? The outrage with the Favre situation may pale in comparison to what could happen here if they run Rodgers off, and he has 4 or 5 high level years elsewhere.. all in the name of proving whether Love can play the position.

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