Report: Packers 37-year-old Aaron Rodgers wants a contract extension

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

According to Pro Football Talk, Green Bay Packers legend Aaron Rodgers wants to get paid. The 37-year-old allegedly wants a contract extension.

This is new information, as Rodgers was noncommittal on his future after Sunday’s loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Packers advanced to the NFC Championship Game for the second straight year.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers warms up before the 2021 NFC Championship Game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Aaron Rodgers warms up before the 2021 NFC Championship Game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by the Green Bay Packers/Instagram)

The Packers could get out of his contract after the upcoming 2021 season. By agreeing to a contract extension, the out would go away with new money added.

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Rodgers has a cap hit of $37.5 million for the 2021 season. He also has a $39.8 million cap hit in 2022 before it drops to $28.3 million in 2023.

It’s unlikely that the Packers would decide to cut ties with him. A trade may be possible, as he could go home to the San Francisco 49ers in a trade.

If the Packers decide to trade Rodgers before June 1st, 2021, Green Bay is responsible for a $31.5 million dead cap. It’ll save the team just $6 million.

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However, if the team trades him after June 1st, 2021, the dead cap hit would split over two seasons. It’ll be $14.3 million in 2021 and $17.2 million in 2022.

The Packers would save $23.2 million if they decide to wait until after June 1st.

If a divorce happens, the long-time quarterback would be replaced by Jordan Love, who was a first-round draft pick by the team in the 2020 NFL Draft. This selection reportedly upset Rodgers.

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He is one of the favorites to win the 2020 NFL MVP. If he wins the award, it’ll be his third MVP Award.

This past season, Rodgers has gone 13-3 during the regular season. It’s the second straight 13-3 record under head coach Matt LaFleur.

The Chico, California native has gone 372 of 526 for 4,299 yards in 2020. He had a career-high 48 touchdown passes and five interceptions.

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