Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers will stay with the Packers, according to a report by Pat McAfee of Sirius XM Radio. Rodgers, who regularly appears on McAfee’s show, had previously requested a trade from the team and the Packers had been waiting on him to make a decision about his future.
“Obviously, we’d like to know as soon as we can so that we can start planning and moving forward,” general manger Brian Gutekunst said at the 2022 NFL Combine in Indianapolis last week. “You’re always going to be mindful of what we’re doing in the future. Sometimes it feels like right now is all that matters, but you always have to keep that in mind.”
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that Rodgers agreed to a four-year deal for $200 million with $153 million will be guaranteed money, that will make him the NFL’s highest-paid player. It’s unclear if that figure includes the money already owed to Rodgers for 2022.
Rodgers is entering the final season of a four-year, $134 million contract that he signed in 2018 and had been owed $26.5 million in 2022 salary and scheduled to account for $46.7 million of Green Bay’s salary cap. Rapoport said the new contract will reduce Rodgers’ 2022 cap hit.
There have been reports recently suggesting that Rodgers was looking for new opportunities elsewhere, especially after the disappointing loss by the Packers against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Divisional Round in January.
Some of these teams that Rodgers could have played for were the Pittsburgh Steelers, Denver Broncos and the Tennessee Titans, according to reporting by Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk over the weekend, with the Steelers reportedly weighing a trade of three first-round draft picks to acquire Rodgers.
With Rodgers off the trade market, the NFL Draft board will have one more quarterback-needy team as the Broncos, which draft No. 9, were seen as the most likely destination for Rodgers if he chose to leave Green Bay. Now the Broncos will join the Carolina Panthers, Washington Commanders and New Orleans Saints as quarterback-needy teams drafting ahead of the Steelers in the the 2022 NFL Draft.