At least for the short team, the Aaron Rodgers saga has come to a culmination with the quarterback agreeing to a restructured contract to remain in Green Bay.
It was reported earlier this week that Rodgers and the Packers had agreed to a reworked contract that would enable him to report to camp and play for the team in 2021.
That’s now official.
“What we know, from my understanding, is that in 2021, Rodgers is still due the same number: $22 million,” NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero reported on Thursday. “Some of that is converted to a bonus which allows the Packers to free some up cap space this year. In 2022, still under contract for $25.5 milllion and, then the third and final year of his existing contract in 2023, now gets deleted. So, Rodgers under contract here for two more years, rather than three.”
The short of it is really simple. After requesting a trade during the spring, Aaron Rodgers came to somewhat of a middle ground with the Packers. That includes him suiting up in Green Bay this coming season instead of potentially retiring. In return, the reigning NFL MVP sees the final year of his contract voided in 2023.
Depending on how the situation plays out this coming season, there’s still a good chance that Aaron Rodgers will be calling another NFL city home in 2022. For now, the Packers get their star quarterback and future Hall of Famer back for at least one more season.
Rodgers, 37, is coming off a brilliant 2020 season that saw him complete 70.7% of his passes for 4,299 yards with 48 touchdowns against five interceptions. With renewed Super Bowl aspirations in 2021, how the Packers perform will be telling as it relates to their marriage with the future Hall of Famer. That all starts Week 1 against the New Orleans Saints.