How Aaron Rodgers' new contract affects Packers salary cap


With NFL free agency set to officially open on Wednesday, new details are emerging about Aaron Rodgers’ contract extension with the Packers. On Tuesday, multiple reporters shared details about the deal that will keep Rodgers in Green Bay through 2024.

When Rodgers’ extension was initially reported, it was talked about as a four-year deal, adding more years after his current contract expires at the end of the 2022 season. But according to Ian Rapoport, the last two years of the new contract are “void years,” or years that Rodgers will never play, but are used as placeholders to help spread out Rodgers’ cap hit.

The lowered cap hit in 2022, should drastically help the Packers get under the salary cap, too. Before the new deal, the Packers were $21.6 million over the cap, according to Spotrac. Now, they should be just $3.4 million over the cap.

That doesn’t mean the Packers have been without salary cap casualties this year. According to multiple reports, the team has cut notable players: pass rusher Za’Darius Smith and versatile offensive lineman Billy Turner.

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