The Aaron Rodgers contract has a new-money average of $61.7 million per year

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To the extent that Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers had wanted to create the impression that he wasn’t being a sweaty pig at the financial trough, it didn’t work.

The new deal finally signed by Rodgers reportedly pays out $150 million over the next three years. Given that the final two years of the four-year extension (five-year contract) are dummy years for cap purposes, and in light of the fact that he was due to earn $26.47 million in 2022, the deal pays out $123.53 million in so-called “new money.” This translates to a new-money average of $61.7 million.

That shoves the current bar for quarterbacks from $45 million by $16.7 million.

It remains to be seen whether that’s how the money will be paid. Rodgers gets roughly $41 million this year, most of which surely will come in the form of a signing bonus. Next year, he has a gigantic $58.3 million option bonus.

We still need to study the entire document to understand whether it’s a one-, two-, or three-year commitment by player and/or team. Rodgers quite possibly has the power to retire or request a trade after each season. If he doesn’t have that power, he failed to maximize his leverage.

Then again, with a new-money average of nearly $62 million, it’s fair to say he maximized his leverage.

107 responses to “The Aaron Rodgers contract has a new-money average of $61.7 million per year

  1. Well I cannot blame Adams for saying he is not playing under the tag. It is clear Rogers is only thinking of himself. I bet even the offensive line will say now okay superman block for yourself. These guys need to follow what the Goat does to be able to have a team. Contracts like this leave no room for others to get their money.

  2. How does a quarterback who wants to win a superbowl expect a general manager to put quality receivers, running backs, a d offensive linemen around him nonetheless a defense. That gm better draft damn well. Never want to hear a quarterback who earns this much portion of the salary cap ever complain about the team out around him.

  3. He loves word games and he said so many times it was not about the money… well here are two words to describe his real reason for the word games… Pure Greed

  4. I’m all done with a guy who demands to be paid like the greatest of all time, but can’t get to a Superbowl even when he has a first round bye, and home field advantage. The Packers should be ashamed of themselves

  5. That there is a whole bunch of money for a Quarterback that chokes every time he gets to the playoffs.

  6. This is insane money! Let’s put this in perspective….Tom Brady has taken under market value QB contracts most of his career to help build the team around him and is currently set to make $25 mill this season. Tom won 7 Super Bowls.

  7. He is a great quarterback, no doubt. But, that is a LOT of paper in this what-have-you-done-lately league. 13 wins per year is more than most teams dream of, and clearly the Packers organization is fine with paying all that cheddar, but eventually you may recognize that you’re paying through the nose for playoff losses. If getting to the conference championship is your goal, Aaron is your guy. If getting to the superbowl is your goal, not so much.

  8. Looks like he was being completely honest when he said the numbers weren’t accurate.

  9. We might have one more playoff loss in us before this thing completely implodes and we become the new Lions.

  10. That’s a heckuva lot of money to take the gas pipe in the playoffs each year. Good work if you can get it…

  11. Say what you want about Brady but he’s got rings out the wazoo because he didn’t put his team in cap hell. TEAM….

  12. Guess he can stop being all pissy about not getting the “Rodgers Rate”… now that he can finally afford it.

  13. So anything less than a Super Bowl win you could say he’s not worth the money.How much does Stafford make again? Big contracts do not guarantee Super Bowl wins. Contracts are investments like on Wall Street. Sometimes they work out and there is a windfall Sometimes they don’t. Rodgers and the Packers have done the samething the past two years….daddy should have cut him off.

  14. Being back to back MVP in any professional sports league is going to require a huge contract from the team to keep the player. Baseball and basketball are still getting paid more than this with smaller TV deals but more games, so this $ amount isn’t anything too far fetched when it comes with contract expectations.

    Thankfully the cap increases in the next handful of years with covid restrictions lifted and TV deals implemented.

  15. Packers betting on that HUGE cap spike when the new TV and gambling money kicks in. They better be right.

  16. touchback6 says:
    March 15, 2022 at 10:28 am
    I mean, that’s essentially the end of the Packers for a decade.

    The final year of the contract has 75 MILLION in DEAD cap money..
    Then Rogers AKA John Elway 2.0 (with one less championship) will retire.

  17. Packer had 10 years to build around A-Aron and failed to do enough to get over the hump, get paid and walk away in 2 years. Every person on this thread would do the same.

  18. When a guy has already made a ton of dough, I just don’t get how an ego can be so big that they have to get so much more unnecessary money that it hurts the team. That’s the main reason I’ll always respect Brady so much more than Rodgers or Brees.

  19. The new money average should be calculated over the three years, not two years.
    Since that is obviously the length of the deal.

  20. So Russ will need at least $62 million a year to stay more than a few years at Denver his past contracts had a main requirement is to be the highest paid QB. Good luck to Arizona and Baltimore on signing your gadget type QB’s to a reasonable contract (both teams shouldn’t sign either). Browns will need to really consider if Baker is the guy because it is going to cost a lot to keep him for mediocre talent and speaking of mediocre talent Cousins is now cheap at $35 million a year…Nice of Aaron to reset/screw the QB market like Cousins did with the Vikings.

  21. And now you know why the Seahawks chose to trade Russel Wilson instead of trying to re-sign him next year.

  22. All the rules that the player’s union agrees to (against all true anti-trust laws) that allows owner contract collusion to exist for the benefit of the owners is ridiculous. To Rogers 61 million a year is far more important than whether the Packers win another Super Bowel and that there is only so much money left to pay others on his team is not Roger’s fault. Plenty of pie left and the cap amount is a union issue instead.

    Folks need to remember that they are now paying some announcers 15 mil a year.

  23. What you rather have? The Packers keep Love and let him start, then pay him 22 million next year on contract extension!

  24. All the Pack fans been telling us for a week now that he wasn’t going to soak up the cap with this new contract are pretty quiet right now.

  25. I read the dead money in the end of this 3 year deal is over $75 million. For one player.

    So even if Rodgers wanted to come back in 2025, they’re screwed. Completely all in on the next three years.

  26. The whole cap thing is smoke and mirrors, I once thought it was real, but it is B.S.. Some teams cheat like the Packer and Saint just manufacture space as Rodgers and previously Brees needed it.

  27. What separates Brady’s 10 Super Bowls, 7 wins, from the other greats; P. Manning, Wilson, Rodgers, and so on it “todays” game? Some are better throwers, some are better runners, some read defenses better, some are better in the pocket, etc…mix it all together and these physical or tactical skills are marginally indifferent (certainly not to explain a 10:1 or 10:2 Super Bowl differential). What separates is that Brady has taken less (10-12% of cap whereas others took 20-22%) which allowed his team to sign several other “slightly better” guys in a league where depth is paramount or on super star such difference maker such as Derrell Revis or Stephon Gilmore, etc. In a league built for parity, Brady got separation (and multi-generational wealth) vis-a-vis the salary cap. Green Bay, you have a great quarterback, but you pay him too much to have a great team.

  28. Hey it was that or lose him and then all the staff would be out of work in two years as the fans showed total displeasure. This contract was a job saver, pure and simple, their jobs.

  29. I couldn’t walk into the Packers offices making that kind of money when you see all the front office staff, trainers, equipment associates, etc making $41,000 a year. And I’m making $62M a year. How do you look yourself in the mirror?

  30. This is insane money! Let’s put this in perspective….Tom Brady has taken under market value QB contracts most of his career to help build the team around him and is currently set to make $25 mill this season. Tom won 7 Super Bowls.
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    Why should the Packers be absolved of blame for this stupid contract?

    They didn’t have to pay.

  31. It’s clear that making money and winning regular-season MVPS are what Aaron Rodgers values most. Otherwise, a guy that good — and on a team that wins that many games — would have more Super Bowl appearances than the likes of Jared Goff and Jimmy G.

  32. What separates Brady’s 10 Super Bowls, 7 wins, from the other greats
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    Belichick

  33. But, let’s get to the real gist of the deal. How many of those Packer “shares” did he receive?

  34. Rules should be changed to no player gets more than 10% of salary cap and game checks for winners is twice what losers get

  35. So that’s $20 million more per year than Mahomes, who during the past 3 years won a Super Bowl and appeared in a second one?

    And a boat loads more than Brady, who during the past n years won multiple Super Bowls.

    And now the Packers have a mutiny on their hands with Davante Adams wanting his money.

    Who could have seen this coming.

    When all is said & done, Rodgers will be right up there just above Cousins for money made with little to show for it except stats.

  36. Green Bay fans know football. What do they think of this? Do they even want Rodgers? Especially at this price?

  37. So Rodgers was right in denying that he was seeking $50 million a year. He wanted $60 million.

    It’s always about the money, and when somebody says “it’s not about the money”, you can be certain it’s *only* about the money.

  38. That’s too bad. I would like to see this egotistical jerk out of the NFL if only because he is a constant irritant with all of his histrionics and “I’m a better person better than you” ego. “Let’s Go Aaron!”

  39. Dude can’t win a playoff game.
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    False.

    They’ve won at least 1 game in 7 of his 11 appearances.

  40. It is amusing all the comments on this thread bashing Rodgers and/or the Packers front office. The contract is cap friendly to the team in the first year. It is generally accepted with the new influx of gambling money etc. that the cap is going to significantly go up in the next handful of years. So it might be the popular thing to bash Rodgers as selfish etc., it just holds no truth based on the available facts. Haters will be haters

  41. $76 million in dead money in void years, not to mention additional cap impact if he retires before the third year of his deal. That is the true definition of kicking the can down the road.

  42. They are desperate because they have been watching Jordan Love in practice and the future is not bright.

  43. The final year of the contract has 75 MILLION in DEAD cap money..
    Then Rogers AKA John Elway 2.0 (with one less championship) will retire.
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    Elway got to 5 Super Bowls. 3 of them, he did most of the heavy lifting on offense.

    He’d be worth every cent of this contract by todays standard.

  44. 10 bucks says Rodgers misses at least 4 games this year for whatever reason. Don’t want to jinx him but wouldn’t it just be the icing on the cake if Aaron was getting paid to sit at home…

  45. Not bashing Rodgers. Everyone outside of Green Bay know what he is.
    Besides, he a known LIAR. That is a fact. Football in general is ruining the general public. There will be a mass movement away from spectating the pro level of this once great sport.

  46. that is a lot of coin for playoff chokes, purposeful lying and Panchakarma cleanses

  47. chue says:
    March 15, 2022 at 10:31 am

    That there is a whole bunch of money for a Quarterback that chokes every time he gets to the playoffs.

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    Rodgers has played in 21 playoff games and is one of the few QB’s all time to have a QBR over 100 in the playoffs. But sure, let’s just keep it up with the narrative that he “chokes every time”. Some of us actually watched those games.

  48. Great QB in the regular season but not in the playoffs. 1 Super Bowl his career so far. I thought it was MCcarthys fault for his bad record? Its a beautiful mystery i guess.

  49. Did I miss something or did the Packers offer this money to Rogers and agree to pay him? Oh no, I don’t want that money you are offering me! The Packers chose to do this they were not forced. They could have traded him and reaped a whirlwind of choices but chose to pay him.

  50. Hahaha Looks like Green Bay was his only option, what a bunch of dimwits they are at Green bay

  51. Great QB in the regular season but not in the playoffs.
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    He’s 1 of only 6 QBs in NFL history with a passer rating over 100

  52. Good luck putting talent around Rodgers now, Green Bay. Even Devante Adams has hinted that he may hold out for a contract as he sees other wide receivers getting a lot more than him……and they aren’t nearly as good.

  53. Billions of people live in squalor in this world. That’s way too much money to pay one person to throw a ball.

  54. I thought the team was paying for postseason appearances (and a superbowl win from 12 years ago). I’ve been corrected. As the Packers faithful have been kind enough to report, the Pack is paying all that scratch for his spectacular post-season QBR. ….because a personal stat is more valuable than winning the big trophy, apparently… In reality, the team is paying put-up-or-shut-up money. If the Packers don’t get to the Superbowl this upcoming season, it’s gotta be viewed as a let down.

  55. Packers Team MVP (because he’s the only good player they can afford to pay now).

  56. Carter says:
    March 15, 2022 at 10:25 am
    How does a quarterback who wants to win a superbowl expect a general manager to put quality receivers, running backs, a d offensive linemen around him nonetheless a defense. That gm better draft damn well. Never want to hear a quarterback who earns this much portion of the salary cap ever complain about the team out around him.

    Question begging with your first sentence.
    There is no evidence that Rodgers wants to win another Super Bowl, only personal enrichment. His actions over the past ten years are proof of that. With this latest contract, that’s going to end Davante Adam’s time with the Packers, there can’t even be an argument to be made otherwise.

  57. The Least Interesting Man Alive says:
    March 15, 2022 at 12:21 pm

    He’s 1 of only 6 QBs in NFL history with a passer rating over 100

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    Which puts him below 3 active QBs including Josh Allen and Matt Ryan, and just above Nick Foles. Hard to believe but Josh Allen is #1. That historic game against the Patriots was pretty awesome to watch.

    Is the goal to win the SB or pad the QBs stats because Rodgers is more likely to pad his stats than do anything meaningful.

  58. It’s Aaron’s world and we’re all just living in it. Aaron has somehow convined the front office to a) find him an offensive-minded coach that is deferential to him so he can maximize his passing statistics b) tell them how to build the team, who to trade for/sign with an emphasis on offensive weapons and c) give him the most money possible because of how A & B helped him to win the MVP award. Aaron Rodgers is a scumbag that doesn’t care about a 2nd ring. He cares about a 2nd and 3rd mansion in Malibu and a 2nd sports team he can be ‘part owner’ of before he wants a 2nd ring.

  59. ALL of the comments saying how horrible Rodgers is are as hypocritical as can be.Not a single one of you would work for less money so that your co-workers OR your company could get more.Grow up and get serious.

  60. Carter says:
    March 15, 2022 at 10:25 am

    How does a quarterback who wants to win a superbowl expect a general manager to put quality receivers, running backs, a d offensive linemen around him nonetheless a defense. That gm better draft damn well. Never want to hear a quarterback who earns this much portion of the salary cap ever complain about the team out around him.

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    You answered your own question. He is indifferent if he wins another Super Bowl. It’s all about the money.

  61. tonyxl says:

    Enjoy throwing passes to Allen Lazard and Marques Valdez-Scantling…

    +++++

    MVS is a free agent who won’t be back (unless perhaps Adams gets dealt)

  62. To the people saying “yeah but Brady took less”. He has a wife at home making 2x what he makes, that’s why.

  63. Now he needs to live up to the contract..being MVP and losing your first playoff game won’t cut it

  64. So the Green Bay organization and Rodgers have fleeced the fans again. Back to back 13-3 seasons only to exit the play-offs with nadda Super Bowl in sight. TB 12the is a team guy…..he took less to build a good team around him. Green Bays doesn’t care about Super Bowls, no they care about MVP trophies and beating up on a weak NFC North. Which I don’t think will be as weak this year. So now Green Bay fans can puff out their chests prance around the internet….we have the MVP and the highest paid QB. But the results will be the same……early play off exit and another disappointing season…..when MVS drops that game winning pass……you think about this day.

  65. He’s not worth 1/100th of that.

    61 40 Rate This
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    Guy who’s team is paying Kirk Cousins $35 million says what??

  66. Suddenly I don’t feel so bad about the Vikings resigning Cousins. At least the Packers screwed themselves even worse.

  67. Is the goal to win the SB or pad the QBs stats because Rodgers is more likely to pad his stats than do anything meaningful.
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    The narrative that he hasn’t played well in the post-season is completely false.

  68. Enjoy throwing passes to Allen Lazard and Marques Valdez-Scantling…
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    Sure thing,

    Back-to-back MVPs

  69. Now there’s a team player~ Way to go Aaron.
    Packers now looking in the crevices of the couch
    hoping some spare change to pay Davante.

  70. Go away A A Ron says:

    So now Green Bay fans can puff out their chests prance around the internet
    +++++
    Thanks for your permission. It’s not necessary, but it’s welcome.

  71. Doesn’t matter what Vikings , Packers or Bears do. The Lions win the north this year.

  72. dividedwiistand says:
    March 15, 2022 at 3:08 pm
    Doesn’t matter what Vikings , Packers or Bears do. The Lions win the north this year.

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    As a Vikings fan…..it would not suprise me at all. They played EVERYBODY tough last year and much improved! Competition inside the division makes it all good!

  73. We ALL know the Packers will win the North division once again.Dream on if you must.

  74. httwft says:
    March 15, 2022 at 1:56 pm

    Now he needs to live up to the contract..being MVP and losing your first playoff game won’t cut it

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    Right, he needs to get to work on his punt team blocking.

  75. I wonder how many of the commenters here that say Rodgers contract means the Packers can’t afford other players realize that the contract LOWERED Rodgers’ cap hit by nearly $20 million for this season.

    Yes, they are kicking the can down the road and hoping for cap increases. Other successful teams do that as well.

  76. tnpacker says:
    March 15, 2022 at 3:36 pm
    We ALL know the Packers will win the North division once again.Dream on if you must
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    Dreams? So it’s the same as the Packers winning a Super Bowl. Big fish in a small pond dude! I guess it makes up for the 23 years the Packers did not have a division title. It takes more than one person to win a Super Bowl. You don’t think Adams is pissed right now?

  77. additional cap impact if he retires before the third year of his deal.
    +++++
    He doesn’t get to keep the unearned part of the Guaranteed Money.

  78. come on Go away A A RON,the Bears are a mess,the Lions are not a threat,and the Vikings are,well….the Vikings.The Packers may or may not make the super bowl,but their team as a whole is WAY above the other 3.

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