Aaron Rodgers open to reworking deal if he plays in 2023

Aaron Rodgers hasn’t made a decision on whether he intends to continue his NFL career in 2023 — let alone what team that would be with — but he said he understands the business side of it.

That’s why he told The Pat McAfee Show Tuesday that he knew his current contract with the Green Bay Packers or any other team was probably not viable.

Rodgers has guaranteed $59.465 million if he plays in 2023 as part of the three-year, $150 million contract extension he signed last March. A salary cap of $31,623,570 will be imposed for the next season.

“There’s a lot of teams that are struggling because of COVID, and you’re seeing them putting more money into deals with a lot of different contracts,” Rodgers said on the show. “They create empty years to allow for an easier cap hit, so certainly some adjustments would need to be made.”

The contract as it currently stands makes it difficult, but not impossible, for Rodgers to be traded in large part since the Packers would be stuck on their salary cap with massive sums of dead money.

First things first: Rodgers must decide whether he wants to play, whether for the Packers or another team.

“Any other ideas about it [a] Trading and whatnot, it’s all conjecture until I decide what I want to do for myself,” Rodgers said.

Last summer, Rodgers said he “definitely plans” to retire with the Packers. Last week on McAfee’s Show, he left the door open to other possibilities.

“I hope there’s some gratitude on both sides when that happens,” Rodgers said Tuesday. “But that honestly doesn’t open the door to guesswork on my part. And I’m not saying that to be cryptic. I have to figure out what I want to do and then we’ll do it, see where all the parties are and what happens after that.”

Rodgers also claimed that returning to the Packers may not be his decision, although the team has publicly said it would welcome Rodgers back.

“If they feel it was in the team’s best interest to progress, then so be it,” he said. “Neither would that offend me and I would not feel like a victim. I would have no animosity towards the team. I love the organization, I love the city, I love the region. I am a minority owner in the [Milwaukee] Dollar; I’ll be a part of the region long after I’m done playing. I have a lot of love for what’s going on in Green Bay. And I’d like to end up there, I would. I could be done there. Who knows?”

Rodgers, 39, won MVP in 2020 and 2021 but had one of his worst seasons in 2022. He threw for the fewest yards (3,695) in every season in which he played at least 15 games and his most interceptions (12) in more than a decade. He didn’t have a single 300-yard pass play. He also struggled with a broken thumb and injuries to his ribs and knee during the season.

The Packers missed the playoffs for the first time under coach Matt LaFleur and had their first losing record (8-9) since 2018. The Packers stayed in the playoff hunt to the end, ending any chance backup quarterback Jordan Love would have a game would begin .

“What’s that old saying people want to say? ‘Oh, the grass ain’t always greener on the other side,'” Rodgers said. “And I always say, ‘The grass is green where you water it.’ I think that’s the most important thing to remember, change is part of this business, it’s part of life, and I think being open to and accepting what that change looks like is an important part, to come at peace with every decision in front of you. I think the most important kind of peace I want to achieve is to feel good mentally about where I am right now. If I want to hang it up and do that, I have those calm to do that.

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Emma Bowman

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