Aaron Rodgers links finishing the 2022 season to 2023

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The Packers have another potential Aaron Rodgers problem. And Aaron Rodgers knows it.

He’s due to make nearly $60 million in 2023. Every penny of it is fully guaranteed. If the Packers decide they’d like to move on, there’s not much they can do about it, if he decides he wants to stay.

Rodgers, by virtue of his contract, holds all the cards. He sets the agenda. He decides whether he plays in 2023.

It also becomes a factor in whether he’ll finish 2022 on the field or on injured reserve. Asked by reporters on Wednesday whether it would be beneficial to Rodgers to not finish the season, given his lingering thumb and rib injuries, Rodgers tied the balance of 2022 and 2023 together.

“That’s an assumption that this place won’t look any different next year,” Rodgers said. “So I think, again, that’s part of the conversation.”

Rodgers first addressed “the conversation” as it relates to whether the team wants to evaluate younger players late in the season, once it’s clear that the playoffs aren’t a possibility for the Packers.

“I’d love to finish the season out, but I understand this is a business,” Rodgers said. “There’s a lot of us kind of older guys who play a decent amount, who they might want to see some younger guys play. Hopefully, we don’t have to have that conversation. But if that conversation comes up, you know, I’ll approach that with an open mind, and without any bitterness or resentment. Obviously, like I said, I want to win out and then we don’t have to have those conversations. But, you know, I understand if we don’t, that it’s a possibility to have that conversation.”

The fact that Rodgers would connect 2022 to 2023 is interesting, to say the least. Some would say the Packers need to know what quarterback Jordan Love can do. There’s less urgency to know what Love can do if the Packers plan to keep Rodgers for 2023.

That said, even if the Packers would welcome Rodgers back for next year, they need to know whether to pick up Love’s fifth-year option for 2024. It would be useful for them to see him play in a setting other than the preseason.

Again, Rodgers holds the cards. Unless he chooses to retire, the Packers are stuck with Rodgers’s contract.

Some have suggested they could just trade Rodgers. Apart from the fact that the cap hit would be significant, Rodgers could always say, “No, I don’t want to be traded. I want to finish my career here.”

Rodgers had a chance to leave in 2022. Many think that the Broncos hired former Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett with the expectation that they’d trade not for Russell Wilson but for Aaron Rodgers. What if Rodgers put on the parachute, stood at the open door to the plane, and decided not to jump? What if he has decided to stay exactly where he is next year, too?

Yes, the Packers are potentially stuck with Rodgers for 2023. At nearly $60 million. With the only option being to cut him (and owe him every penny) or to keep him and bench him for Love, if they decide based on Rodgers’s performance in 2022 that it’s time to turn the page to the player for whom they traded up in the 2020 draft.

58 responses to “Aaron Rodgers links finishing the 2022 season to 2023

  1. Maybe the fine print can enable the Packers to convert his compensation to the coaching budget, then put him on the sidelines advising the quarterback and receivers.

  2. Or they make some backroom deal, Rodgers retires and the team hires him as a “consultant” for 15 mil for next year.

  3. Rodgers is a jerk, but the Packers were stupid to get into this situation. No relief until 2024.

  4. The Pack are as responsible for this situation as anyone. They could have let him walk. Or not traded and drafted for his replacement. He would probably be happy to keep them in a holding pattern to pick up Love’s option, or not, play or sit on the bench, and collect his money. What does he care at this point? The Pack created this situation as much if not more so than Rodgers.

  5. people are in fantasy land after a couple crisp throws from Love.. if they saw anything close to a starter in him, they would have never gave #12 all that power.. the best thing they can do is loose out and have a good position in a QB heavy draft. Let Arod play out one more year with who ever that is on the bench learning. Honestly if they replace the DC and get their O-Line in order the team has serious potential.. Lazard, Doubs, Watson if all healthy and continue to develop could be a scary receiver core to play against for the coming years.

  6. Packers went from having Rodgers over a barrel a couple of years ago to this. What a mixed up organization. They never knew when to give up on this guy and get a decent haul on trading him.

  7. Rodgers can’t veto a trade so IF the Packers want to move on they can get a few draft picks AND get out from under his massive contract. Would create $40mil dead cap but then they’re done with him & the contract. Give Love the last 5 games to start & see what he’s got. Deal with Rodgers pouting & head games in February.

  8. Its a conversation where Rodgers is paid no matter what and enjoys having a conversation about how much he is being paid, with himself.

  9. Of course ARod is coming back. Why would he not come back for $3.5 million per game? Once again, it’s better to let a player go a year too early instead of too late.

  10. Has there ever been a bigger jerk in the nfl than Aaron Rodgers? And he has won one Super Bowl. Just like Trent Dilfer, and Mark Rypien, and Jeff Hostetler.

  11. How could he mention the possibility of not winning out? Doesn’t he not want that negativity around there? Doesn’t he chew those players out and kick those kind of guys out of the room?

  12. Man I hope gutekunst never leaves
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    You realize of course MLF won more games his first 3 seasons than any coach in history. I hope he stays too because until 2 months ago we have owned your team and the north since Gutes arrival. But of course y’all are in the midst of your twice a decade playoff run and all full of yourselves, so have at it. I’m sure we will be back where we belong next year.

  13. Do really know 2023 is guaranteed?? Would the Packers ever do that, considering Aaron’s drama past few years?? We don’t really know the details of the contract.

  14. I totally suspect the team worked in an opt out for 2023, they have to plan this with their plan for Jordan Love. I don’t buy that Aaron can continue if the team doesn’t want him to in 2023.

  15. FWIW, I can’t fault Packers front-office for how this is playing out. I think they fully expected to be able to re-sign Davante Adams, which would have led to a much better offense in 2022-2023, and ensured Jordan Love had a reliable #1 target for his first few years as starter. Davante signing with the Raiders threw a wrench into the plan, and this whole thing looks like a disaster. Oh well, GPG!

  16. Has any player ever made a franchise look so impotent as Rodgers has with Green Bay? Russ says, “hold my beer…”

  17. rut roh raggy, looks like someone decided to sabotage the team that gave him everything and the pack won’t be seeing the playoffs for years. Detroit is smiling that they won’t be in last for a few years. Gutenkist’s dad coached in MN and he grew up a Vikings fan, still is, lol

  18. cheeseisfattening says:
    November 30, 2022 at 7:54 pm
    Man I hope gutekunst never leaves

    zzzzxx

    I hope cousins retires as a Viking. $180m guaranteed for 1 playoff win.

  19. The best thing to happen to the Green Bay Packers would be to have the Minnesota Vikings make it to the Super Bowl this season. Perhaps that would finally shine a spotlight on a Packer front office that continues to make yearly bone headed moves without any real repercussions for their actions. Finishing near the league bottom in special teams play season after season and making no real attempt to improve until finally a blocked punt and a blocked field goal destroy another playoff run is frustrating. To have a defense that starts 8 first round draft choices and currently ranks 27th in the league is rather curious. To draft a ‘futures’ quarterback, then give the resident guy an iron clad “Win Now” contract and 3 rookie receivers as weapons is bone headed. To then overlap quarterback contracts like they have done shows a lack of foresight and stupidity that literally assures a ‘no win situation’ for 2023. It’s time to directly shine a spotlight on a faceless Packer front office that deserves much more critical evaluation than they’re currently receiving. Having the Vikings make it to the Super Bowl would finally jump start that long overdue front office evaluation for Packer fans.

  20. Or you can run your football team, do what is best for the team, and let Rogers say and do whatever he wants. Bench him and play Love.

  21. I want the A-Rodge virus to go away well before 2023. “Do you believe in 9-11?” He’s not smarter than everyone else, just thinks he is. Average football player now, not ever skilled in critical thinking.

  22. To keep an ass like Rodgers for $60M? Considering how he is playing and add to it, his stupid attitude and demeanor, I’d rather set fire to that money than bring him back.

  23. To paraphrase Madeleine Stowe’s character in The Last of the Mohicans: “Rodgers is a football player with many admirable qualities, but taken as a whole, the Packers were wrong to have thought so highly of him.”…especially with his contract looking like a textbook example of diminishing returns.

  24. Nobody could have seen this coming with that terrible contract. I used to really like the dude but he’s gone off the deep end with a lot of stuff. Stock holders cannot be happy with him.

  25. Terrible, terrible contract for the Packers. They are stuck with him for another year at the very least.

  26. skcrooged says:
    Rodgers is a jerk, but the Packers were stupid to get into this situation. No relief until 2024.
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    Oh look, another person with a strong opinion about someone they have never met and they are willing to share said opinion anonymously on the internet.

  27. Or they make some backroom deal, Rodgers retires and the team hires him as a “consultant” for 15 mil for next year.
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    Why would Rodgers accept that with a $58.3mil option on the table?

  28. I don’t think ‘stuck’ is a good word to use. He’s a HOF QB and by far their best chance to win when healthy. I agree that if they’re eliminated this week, it would be good to see what Jordan Love looks like and let Rodgers heal, but he is still a top level QB that any team would not think of as being ‘stuck’ with.

  29. 60 million to go play where no one likes you and no one wants you there. Except for all the cash it’s the same old story from Green Bay

  30. Terrible, terrible contract for the Packers. They are stuck with him for another year at the very least.
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    Its not a terrible contract. At all.

    The cap hits are all manageable. All the stupid money is on the backend in the form of options that will never be paid. In the short term the extension freed up money to attempt to resign Davante Adams. They offered him more than the Raiders.

    The Packers manage the cap as well as any team in the League. This contract was no exception.

    They’re stuck with him? What if they already know Jordan Love is not the answer for the future? Stuck with a 4x MVP, motivated to wash the tasted of his first bad season out of his mouth? Thats a pretty good problem to have.

  31. Average football player now, not ever skilled in critical thinking.
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    Leads the NFC in td passes…

    So once again, one of Rodgers poorest seasons is still better than half the League…

  32. To paraphrase Madeleine Stowe’s character in The Last of the Mohicans: “Rodgers is a football player with many admirable qualities, but taken as a whole, the Packers were wrong to have thought so highly of him.”
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    He carried the franchise for a decade. Through poor defense, weak coaching, and terrible personnel decisions.

    So I, for one, don’t really care if he was reward for past performance.

    The Packers would have been the Lions without him.

  33. Whats going to happen in 2023 is that Rodgers will be back as starter and they pay Jordan Love to stick around and start in 2024.they are going to lose skilled players regardless because they cant afford to resign them but Love has been their plan all along at quarterback so why quit on him rather than pay him on a new contract and wait one short year more until Rodgers rides off in his Brinks truck in 2024.

  34. I agree with another poster, this mess falls squarely on the packer.org.
    First, they hired an inexperienced guy as GM and he drafted poorly. 8 first round picks on defense and they rank 27th is on him. While his nemisis Gm picks Cooks and Jeffersons and they are presently 9-2, young and will be talented for years to come.
    Second. They get rid of all their offensive weapons then give the world, 3 year guaranteed contract that would break the bank of any team in football let alone the small market packers.
    Third they save money bringing in a guy to coach defense who was never a defensive hc but only a coordinator who’s rep said he wasnt a good coordinator at that.
    I posted two years ago a smart front office would realize they got all they can out of Rodgers, time to trade for top picks and rebuild and they never considered this option. Thus they deserve themselves and the fans will be punished for it going forward.

  35. Each day I think more there will be a general housecleaning at the end of the season. This should be a textbook case of how not to allow one player dictate his agenda at the expense of the team.
    The Packers are screwed. Many will cheer that fact but this team will not be competitive again for years.

  36. Like I said, he’ll never retire a Packer. Or, shouldn’t anyway. The Packers leadership is horribly handling this.

    Like I said, they should have fleeced Denver for Rodgers. Draft a new QB,have the new QB compete with Love, and go from there.

    I’d be livid at the Packers front office if I was a GB fan. They’re letting Rodgers control the entire franchise per Brady’s advice. Huge mistake.

  37. The Packers have had 3 years to “evaluate” Jordan Love. They don’t need the next 5 games to “find out what they’ve got.”

  38. “Rodgers can’t veto a trade”…disagree. He can threaten to retire or only commit to one year. Teams that give up a haul will want multiple years

  39. I have absolutely no idea why Green Bay didn’t build a winning offense around Rodgers after giving him that contract. It’s like buying a Ferrari and leaving it in the garage. What a waste.

  40. Things can change quickly.

    Imagine what this season would be like if Rodgers doesn’t mangle his thumb and the front office got him some actual weapons.

    Watson is emerging and that’s fine and good. But he’s not a true weapon yet and he certainly wasn’t the first several weeks of the season.

    Don’t get me wrong, in this scenario the packers are a good, not a great team. But things can change quickly if the front office does their job next season and acquires some weapons.

    I have no wish for the packers to be successful. Quite the opposite. But this situation could turn around rather quickly next year.

  41. YouEnjoyMyself says:
    December 1, 2022 at 10:15 am
    The Packers have had 3 years to “evaluate” Jordan Love. They don’t need the next 5 games to “find out what they’ve got.”

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    I agree, and the evaluation is he stinks.

  42. i dont get the rodgers haters out there. he may have won only 1 SB but they have been a playoff team constantly, most franchises would kill for that, especially led by an all time great QB. they have done him dirty for years and are paying the price by giving him weapons to throw too. 2 MVP in a row is not a fluke, but you have to have players around you to succeed. other then speakiing his mind and being open and honest, unlike so mnay ppl now a days, what has he done to garner so much hate? some ppl march to a different beat and he is definitely 1 of those guys.

  43. It does not take much for the Rodgers Haters to rear their heads. These are mostly Vikings and Bears fans that are acting like their franchises have actually done something. I have to shake my head how the fans of those horrible franchises are giving their advise on what the Packers should or should not do. Those fans have been throwing dirt on the Packers for the past 30 years trying to bury them. They said the same thing when Favre left and that Rodgers would never amount to anything. You better get some more dirt guys because your history says that you may have a good season in you before you crash and burn into your normal expectations. Packers will be fine. Yea, they have only won two super bowls over that time. That is still a lot better than anything your teams have done and better than all other teams except the Patriots.

  44. Sheesh, I waded thru 47 comments looking for the only one that makes sense. I really don’t care about lost 2022, except for looking for an opportunity to play Love in daily fantasy.

    On to our high draft pick, then on to the 2023 season and hope for better days.

  45. cblueparker says:
    November 30, 2022 at 10:44 pm
    Do really know 2023 is guaranteed?? Would the Packers ever do that, considering Aaron’s drama past few years?? We don’t really know the details of the contract.
    Yes, Clue Blue, we do KNOW, it IS guaranteed, it’s been widely reported and confirmed. Nonetheless, all this “end of the world” for the Packers nonsense is classic overblown fan blather. Newsflash–the Packers have been one of the 3-4 most successful franchises for 30 years! Yes, you can argue they should have had more super bowls with back to back HOF QB’s, but it’s not like they haven’t been right there—virtually EVERY YEAR. Ask Vikings fans and Bears fans what their hate is all about. It’s because they get to be in the hunt/top of the heap about once every 8-10 years, while the GBP domininate the other 7-8. Yes, the Rodgers Love stuff is a pesky little issue, but GB knows what they’re doing. They went all in on a Rodgers run this year, and everything went pear shaped. It happens. I’d bet my mortgage they’ll be in the playoffs next year whether it’s with Rodgers OR Love. Love is getting the 5th year option whether Rodgers gets traded or not. The infinite Rodgers hate will continue because, even age degraded he’s still better than most and with an awesome supporting cast, don’t think he couldn’t get a team to the super bowl….winning it, that’s another question. Just go ahead and dig your packer grave vikings,bears and other trolls. This is one of the best run franchises in the league. We’ve had about 3-stinker seasons in 20, so, good luck with the hate.

  46. I’d be livid at the Packers front office if I was a GB fan. They’re letting Rodgers control the entire franchise per Brady’s advice. Huge mistake.
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    Many of us have BEEN livid for a very long time.

    Same broken record playing since the second half of the Favre-era; one sided team that can’t stop anybody.

    … SHOCKER! the one time they could; they won another Super Bowl.

  47. The Packers can’t afford to put a good team around him. His salary eats up too much of the cap and cutting him does nothing to help. Nobody will trade for him at that price. He’s not retiring with $60 mil guaranteed. I’d just start the rebuild now so the Pack is ready to roll in a few years when he is gone. At least they have their draft picks and a few good looking rookies.

  48. Whats going to happen in 2023 is that Rodgers will be back as starter and they pay Jordan Love to stick around and start in 2024.they are going to lose skilled players regardless because they cant afford to resign them
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    If Love isn’t the answer at this point, trade him.

    Elgton Jenkins is hte only impact free agent on offense.

    Tonyan and Lazard are free agents, but are totally interchangeable pieces at this point.

    They’re not going to lose anyone significant offensively.

  49. It is good to see some Packer fans actually being real and critiquing the organizational moves. Either Gutey screwed up in drafting Love with a 1st round pick that could have been used to bolster a strong team with a HOF QB, or he screwed up in extending Rodgers contract and giving the HOF QB cap and contractual control for 2023. Can’t have it both ways. A fundamental rule in the new NFL (not the Wolff and early TT years), is that a team must take advantage of the 1st round QB low cap hit to build a team, and Gutey has done exactly the opposite in his futile attempt to emulate his predecessors.

  50. A fundamental rule in the new NFL (not the Wolff and early TT years), is that a team must take advantage of the 1st round QB low cap hit to build a team, and Gutey has done exactly the opposite in his futile attempt to emulate his predecessors.
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    Can’t possibly disagree more.

    The Chiefs might not win it every year, but they’re going to be in the thick of the hunt every year with Mahomes. Same with Peyton, Rodgers, Roethlisberger..

    And what would you propose? the Chiefs move on? To what? Think they’ll find another Mahomes? With all the Rosens, Trubiskys, Darnolds, Mayfields out there?

    Theres a reason teams keep paying these guys. They’re going to keep doing it, cap percentage be damned.

  51. purpleguy says:
    December 1, 2022 at 11:53 am
    It is good to see some Packer fans actually being real and critiquing the organizational moves.
    With all due respect Mr. Vikings fan, Gutey has done a very good job leading this team. His drafting has not been perfect, but I’d say he’s hitting slightly above average. His acquisitions of Adrian Amos, Zadarious Smith, Preston Smith and Billy Turner were outstanding. Maybe he could have played the drafting of Love or resigning of Adams better, but guess what, every NFL GM takes swings and sometimes misses. A year ago at this time, he and LaFleur were candidates for GM and Coach of the year, now they’re a disaster. They’re the same people. This year all their decisions seemed to be poor….except trading two 2nd rounders to the purple for Christian Watson, I think that one is gonna turn out pretty well. In the meantime, enjoy your law of averages season where everything comes up roses for the purple, let’s see if it holds up long-term as it has for the packers

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