Aaron Rogers He hasn’t made any decisions on whether he intends to continue his NFL career in 2023, let alone which team that would be with, but he said he understands the business side of this.
Thats why he he said Tuesday on “The Pat McAfee Show.” he knows his current deal probably isn’t viable for the Green Bay Packers or any other team.
Rodgers is guaranteed $59.465 million if he plays in 2023 as part of the $150 million, three-year contract extension he signed in March. He carries a salary cap charge of $31,623,570 for next season.
“There are a lot of teams, because of COVID, that are tied up, and you see them with a lot of different contracts, they’re making more money in deals,” Rodgers said on the show. “They’re creating gap years to allow for an easier cap, so there would have to be some adjustment for sure.”
The contract as it currently exists makes it difficult, but not impossible, for Rodgers to be traded, largely because the Packers would be stuck with massive amounts of dead money on their salary cap.
First things first: Rodgers has to decide if he wants to play, and if it’s for the Packers or another team.
“All other ideas about [a] trade and so forth, that’s all guesswork until I decide what I want to do moving forward,” Rodgers said.
Rodgers said last summer that he “definitely” planned to end his career with the Packers. Last week on the McAfee show, he left the door open to other possibilities.
“I hope there’s some gratitude on both sides if that happens,” Rodgers said Tuesday. “But again, that doesn’t open the door to any guesswork, honestly, on my part. And I’m not saying that to be cryptic. I have to figure out what I want to do, and then we’ll do it.” see where all the parts are and what kinds of things happen after that.”
Rodgers also maintained that it might not be his decision to return to the Packers, despite the fact that the team has said publicly that it would welcome Rodgers back.
“If they feel the best thing for the team is to move on, so be it,” he said. “Again, that would not offend me, and it would not make me feel like a victim. I would not have any animosity towards the team. I love the organization, I love the city, I love the region. I am a minority owner in the [Milwaukee] Dollars; I’m going to be region separated long after I’m done playing. I have a lot of love for what is happening in Green Bay. And I would love to end there, I would. It could have ended there. Who knows?”
The 39-year-old Rodgers won MVP awards in 2020 and 2021 but had one of his worst seasons in 2022. He threw for the fewest yards (3,695) in any season in which he played at least 15 games and his most ever. 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 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 very end, thus wiping out any backup quarterback. . jordan love would start a game.
“What’s the old adage that people want to say? ‘Oh, the grass isn’t always greener on the other side,'” Rodgers said. “And I always say: ‘The grass is green 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 accepting any aspect of change is an important part of coming to peace with whatever decision you make. in front of you. I think the most important kind of peace I want to get to is feeling mentally good about where I am. If I want to hang up and do that, have the peace to do it.”