Packers waive Aaron Rodgers bonus forfeiture for 2022

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The Packers didn’t make one concession in the negotiations that got Aaron Rodgers back in the fold. They made two.

Per multiple reports, the new Rodgers contract both removes the 2023 season and eliminates the team’s ability to recover $11.5 million in unearned bonus money in the event Rodgers retires or holds out in 2022.

It’s an important point, one that makes it significantly cheaper and cleaner for Rodgers to not simply huff and puff in 2022 but to blow Green Bay’s house down.

None of this means Rodgers definitely will be traded or released in 2022. Maybe he’ll have to hold out or retire from football in order to finagle a new destination for 2022 or 2023. Regardless, he won’t have to pay back a penny to the Packers in 2022, even if he chooses to refuse to work for the Packers after the current season.

Thus, while he’s under contract through 2022, all he has to do (if he so chooses) is retire after the current season and wait to see whether the Packers trade or release him.

UPDATE 7:03 a.m. ET 7/30/21: PFT has confirmed that potential forfeiture of the $11.5 million was not waived by the Packers.

6 responses to “Packers waive Aaron Rodgers bonus forfeiture for 2022

  1. Hopefully the relationship gets repaired over the course of the season and this is all old news come January.

  2. The relationship is fine. Rodgers overreacted. No one player is more important than the team. He’ll get over it. Hard lessons aren’t so easy to admit. When he wins the SuperBowl this year (Paul Allen imitation……say anything I want,) he’ll want to do it again. After winning two in a row, he’ll retire as the GOAT. He doesn’t need to be the luckiest like Brady, only the best.

  3. He’ll be traded at the end of this year. The Packers don’t want to go through another offseason with this kind of drama.

  4. Rodgers DOES act like a spoiled diva at times, but it’s also a fact that he’s kept the Packer franchise above water for the last 13 years.
    I don’t think these concessions are a bridge too far for the Packers to give in to at this point in his career.
    Now he needs to go out and have another MVP level season to prove he’s justified in his demands.

  5. Rogers could win the NEXT 3 Super Bowls & STILL NOT BE CLOSE to Bradys GREATNESS….THAT is an indisputable FACT…..I am seriously lost on the delusion of Aaron Rogers fans…. Clueless!!!

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