After nearly a year of drama suggesting Aaron Rodgers wanted out of Green Bay, new reports have emerged saying the bad blood may be gone.
“Things are in a very good place with Rodgers and the Packers, with the negotiations, with the deal,” Ian Rapoport said on NFL Network on Thursday. “Everyone is just waiting on Rodgers.
“If Aaron Rodgers stays in Green Bay, it’s going to be on a new deal. It’s going to make him, almost certainly, the highest paid player in the NFL, and it’s going to be a deal that’s shorter, and one with probably some fake years at the end to make the cap situation a lot easier and give them room to do things like retain Davante Adams, which they want to do, and retain several others.”
As things currently stand, the Packers are $30.5 million over the cap, according to Spotrac. That’s without Davante Adams on the books, too. If the Packers want to fit new deals for both Adams and Rodgers under the cap, they’ll obviously have some creative accounting work ahead of them, like adding the void years to deals that Rapoport mentioned. They might have to cut some veteran players, too. But last week, GM Brian Gutekunst said he was “very confident” the team would find a way to make it work.
Right now, Patrick Mahomes is the highest-paid player on a total contract basis, and annual average value basis. He signed a ten-year, $450 million deal in 2020.
Besides returning to Green Bay, Rodgers could request a trade, or retire.