Aaron Rodgers is open to reworking the deal if he plays in 2023

Aaron Rodgers is open to reworking the deal if he plays in 2023
Aaron Rodgers is open to reworking the deal if he plays in 2023

Rob DemoskyESPN staff writer4 minute reading

Rodgers is open to adjusting the deal if he plays in 2023

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers explains he would be open to restructuring his contract if he decides to play in 2023.

Aaron Rodgers hasn’t made a decision on whether he intends to continue his NFL career in 2023 — let alone with which team — but he said he understands the business aspect of it.

Because of that, he said Tuesday on “The Pat McAfee Show” that he knows his current contract probably isn’t viable for the Green Bay Packers or any other team.

Rodgers has $59.465 million guaranteed if he plays in 2023 as part of the three-year, $150 million contract extension he signed in March. It has a salary cap hit of $31,623,570 for next season.

“There’s a lot of teams, because of COVID, that are strapped, and you’re seeing with a lot of different contracts, they’re pushing more money into deals,” Rodgers said on the show. “They’re creating void years to allow for a lighter cap, so there’s got to be some adjustments, for sure.”

The contract as it currently exists makes it difficult, but not impossible, for Rodgers to be traded, in large part because the Packers will be stuck with massive amounts of dead money on the salary cap.

First things first: Rodgers has to decide if he wants to play — and if it’s for the Packers or another team.

“Any other ideas about [a] trade and what not, it’s all guesswork before I decide what I want to do going forward for myself, Rodgers said.

Last summer, Rodgers said he “definitely” planned to end his career with the Packers. Last week on McAfee’s show, he left the door open to other possibilities.

“I hope there’s some appreciation on both sides if that happens,” Rodgers said Tuesday. “But then again, it doesn’t open the door to any conjecture, frankly, on my part. And I’m not saying that to be cryptic. I’ve got to figure out what I want to do, and then we’ll see where all the parties are and what happens after that.”

Rodgers also claimed that it may not be his decision to return to the Packers, although the team has said publicly that it would welcome Rodgers back.

“If they feel it was in the team’s best interest to move on, so be it,” he said. “Again, it wouldn’t offend me and it wouldn’t make me feel like a victim. I wouldn’t have any animosity toward the team. I love the organization, I love the city, I love the region. I’m a minority owner in [Milwaukee] Bucks; I will be a part of the region long after I am done playing. I have a lot of love for what has happened in Green Bay. And I would like to finish there, I would. I might have finished there. Who knows?”

Rodgers, who is 39, won the MVP award in 2020 and 2021, but he had one of his worst seasons in 2022. He threw for the fewest yards (3,695) in a season in which he played at least 15 games and had the most interceptions. (12) in more than a decade. He didn’t have a single 300-yard passing game. He also dealt with a broken thumb and injuries to his ribs and a knee during the season.

The Packers missed the playoffs for the first time under coach Matt LaFleur and had their first losing record (8-9) since 2018. The Packers stayed in the playoff hunt until the end, ending any chance that backup quarterback Jordan Love would start a game. .

“What’s that old saying that people like to say? ‘Oh, the grass isn’t always greener on the other side,”’ Rodgers said. “And I always say, ‘The grass is greener where you water it.’ I think that’s the most important thing. to remember. Change is part of this business, it’s part of life, and I think being open to it and embracing what change looks like is an important part of coming to peace with whatever decision lies ahead. I think that’s the most important kind of peace I want to get to, is being mentally okay with where I am.

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