The first two rounds of this long run Aaron Rodgers– Packers drama sets up fireworks – especially in the 2021 season – but no breakup. Although Rodgers’ headlines have been an NFL constant for the past three years, round three is upon us.
After two years of standing down and reaching mutual agreement, Rodgers and the Packers knew the long-rumored divorce could finally be done. This offseason is “a very real scenario,” ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter reports on the Packers trading Rodgers ( video Connect).
A deal would be complicated by Rodgers’ complex extension in March 2022 and is not expected to involve NFC suitors. Schefter added (video Connect). Rodgers has been linked with AFC teams — mainly the Broncos — for two seasons, but patched things up with the Packers two years ago and signed a three-year, $150.8MM extension months later. Denver moved, by Russell Wilson trade, but other AFCers will be interested if Rodgers is truly a trade chip.
Rodgers, 39, is owed $58.3 million in bonus payments this year, and while the future Hall of Famer said he wasn’t committed to playing a 19th season, it would be surprising if he factored the money into that calculation. Structured as an option bonus, the monster payout would only translate to a $31.6MM cap hit — if Rodgers is a Packer in 2023. If Rogers is divided, the team that gets the superstar passport is 15.79mm. 2023. That would increase the trade value of the aging QB.
Because the pick can be paid at any time before the season, Packers have months to decide on a trade. Rodgers’ early appearance, though, should help give him more time to transition to his next team and prepare for Love’s first start of the season. After June 1, when the cap hit is just $15.8 million (with a $24.5 million payout in 2024), the pitchers will be able to trade their current starter. A trade prior to June 1 would tag the Packers at a $40.3MM death-cap.
Rodgers has said a contract adjustment would be required to play through 2023, citing a bonus of about $60 million, but is open to making such a move to accommodate the Packers or another team.
“There are a lot of teams that, because of Covid, are strapped, and you’re looking at different contracts, they’re pushing for more money to negotiate.” Rogers said at the end. Pat McAfee Show appearance (via ESPN.com’s Rob Demovsky). “THey, we’re creating gap years to allow for easy cap hits, so there’s got to be some adjustments, for sureHe said.
Matt LaFleur he said. Rogers wants it backAnd Brian Gutekunst. Earlier this month, he did not entertain business prospects. But the sixth-year GM noticed Jordan love It is ready to play. Green Bay must decide in May on the 2024 pick, which is already fully guaranteed in the first round. Gutekenst said it’s up to the team to top the Rodgers-Love depth chart for the fourth straight year, but a trade would both clear a path for Love and arm the Packers with valuable draft capital. The Packers should expect to ask for at least two first-round picks; Peter King writes for NBC Sports.
Of course, the Packers risk losing a quality QB by trading Rodgers. Since 1992, the franchise has enlisted Hall of Fame talent on the scene. Brett Favre– Handoff to Rodgers – a fumbled but effective stick pass that occurred before Favre’s age-39 season – in Trading Favre to the Jets in training camp in 2008. Rodgers turned 39 last month. The 15-year Packers starter dropped from first to 26th in QBR in 2021. Green Bay’s diminished receiving corps may have contributed to that dip — a season that included zero 300-yard passing performances, along with thumb, knee and rib injuries — but Rodgers’ value may not be what the trade title first revealed. 2021 draft.
There is no no-trade clause in Rodgers’ contract, but the Packers will almost certainly sign him at the destination. Jets traded for Favre during ownership Woody JohnsonThe ownership period has been long Related to finding a veteran. They have robbers Attached to meet. Josh McDaniels with Tom Brady Or Jimmy GaroppoloBut they met Rogers two years ago. Receiver-wise, the Titans’ situation is reminiscent of Rodgers’ setup in Green Bay. But they also make some sense as a seeker. A few teams will be interested, and if Rodgers is an AFC-only trade piece, it will increase Derek CarrChances of being Connected to the NFC team. However, Carr and Garoppolo are set to be. Available in February. and March, respectively. A team may take longer to land Rodgers.
The package puts people who take their time on Rogers’ business into major decisions who might be the targets of a lawsuit. While the franchise looks to bolster their QB situation in April, the latest round of Rodgers trade rumors could dominate another offseason.