Source: Aaron Rodgers signing bonus forfeiture remains in place for 2022

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As it turns out, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers got only one concession for showing up or training camp.

PFT has confirmed via multiple sources, as initially reported by Tom Pelissero of NFL Media, that the Packers did not waive the ability to recover $11.5 million in signing bonus money previously paid to Rodgers, if he holds out or retires in 2022.

Multiple reports, beginning with Adam Schefter of ESPN, indicated that the Packers had given up the ability to go after the money. They haven’t. Which means that the Packers technically have the power to squeeze Rodgers if they decide not to trade him in 2022 and if he decides not to show up.

It’s unclear why multiple reports emerged suggesting that the Packers had waived that right. Although there’s some confusion as to whether the Packers could have waived their ability to collect the money, it’s likely that they could. It doesn’t matter because they didn’t.

That said, one source with knowledge of the situation told PFT that the Packers have verbally promised not to seek the $11.5 million if he holds out or retires in 2022. Again, verbal promises often aren’t worth the paper they’re not printed on.

And so Rodgers, after everything that happened in the past three months, technically got only one thing for returning — the elimination of the 2023 season. (The timing of the void also prevents them from tagging him in 2023, if it gets to that point. So he arguably got two thing.)

The fact that the Packers didn’t formally waive their ability to pursue $11.5 million in previously paid (but technically not-yet-earned bonus money) makes it just a little more likely that they’ll get to that point than if they’d waived that power. Still, Rodgers and his camp currently believe that, if he chooses to take a stand in 2022, he won’t have to worry about the $11.5 million.

20 responses to “Source: Aaron Rodgers signing bonus forfeiture remains in place for 2022

  1. Packers have been around over 100 years with other HOF QB’s Aaron you are special but not unique, Bart is still the best Packer QB ever.

  2. Every fan who attends any game Rodgers plays in should have to pay an additional 10 dollars at the game, cash, and that money goes directly to the Goat.

  3. Just throw the ball, that’s all. We don’t Love you any more. This is a business. That’s it.

  4. Rodgers is clearly a man who can hold a grudge. Are the Packers really willing to inspire Rodgers to pull a Calvin Johnson on them? Actually, Rodgers seems the type to go even one better–signing a deal with another team and entering the HOF in their colors rather than Green Bay’s.

  5. Rodgers is the epitome of California Cool. His head is level and his soul is at peace. He found love in the off-season and he understands it’s only a game. He’s a competitor and an elite athlete. There are bigger and better things ahead for this man. You won’t find him complaining. In his own words (the best kind,) he is not a victim. He knows exactly what he’s doing. He will help this team get better and be better, because that’s the kind of person he is. The man has character and integrity and he doesn’t plan to waste it explaining himself to people that choose not to hear it. Hats off to Aaron Charles Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers! May great things come to them both!

  6. Apparently Rodgers also got the ability to bring back his washed up buddies

  7. And so Rodgers, after everything that happened in the past three months, technically got only one thing for returning — the elimination of the 2023 season.

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    Randall Cobb would like to have a word with you

  8. classless maneuver by one of the most classless front offices and “owners” in the history of the league.

  9. Anyone with any integrity, would not keep what they didnt earn…I guess we will see, but we all know hes not giving that money back in any situation.

  10. Packers really know how to treat their superstars. Don’t they think this will motivate him to pull a Favre, and try to come back to the NFC North just to torture them?

  11. “…the Packers have verbally promised not to seek the $11.5 million if he holds out or retires in 2022. Again, verbal promises often aren’t worth the paper they’re not printed on.”

    This is the small town, upper Mid-West. If you didn’t grow up there you know diddly about it. The verbal promise there is binding….

  12. To be honest the only people who know for sure what’s in their agreement are Rodgers , his agent and the Packers . Anybody saying they know for sure exactly what’s in it are speculating , Depending on circumstances involved in reaching that type of agreement it can be just as enforceable as a written document especially when it involves a union that only needs to win a grievance instead of going to court .

  13. Mike Florio – does the change say the contract voids in 2023 regardless of the team he is with or just if he is with the Packers?

    Stated another way, if he is traded, is he under contract through 2023?

  14. dirkspunk says:
    July 29, 2021 at 10:09 pm
    Every fan who attends any game Rodgers plays in should have to pay an additional 10 dollars at the game, cash, and that money goes directly to the Goat.

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    Let me get this straight….you want GB fans to pay $10 each to Tom Brady?

    I don’t even think he would accept the money. Perhaps they could donate it to his favorite charity instead.

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