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What could an Aaron Rodgers trade look like? It’s complicated

Carmen Vitali

NFC North Reporter

Another year, another offseason in limbo for the Green Bay Packers and quarterback Aaron Rodgers. After the Packers failed to make the postseason for the first time under head coach Matt LaFleur — and a season in which Rodgers threw the second-most interceptions of his career — this may be the most legitimate the Rodgers transactional discourse has been in a while.

First, we need to account for the Packers’ obligations. They are projected to be $14.46 million over the salary cap for 2023, according to Spotrac. They’ll have to do some trimming regardless of what happens with their current quarterback. While it’s probably the last thing he or Green Bay fans want to face, running back Aaron Jones could be first on the list of departures.

A pre-June-1 release or trade would net the Packers $10.4 million in cap savings. If they waited until after June 1, those savings would increase to $16 million. That’s a pretty big incentive considering they already have A.J. Dillon on the roster. 

But the undoubted elephant in the room is Rodgers’ salary for 2023, when he’s due to make $59,515,000. And though $58.3 million of that is structured as an option bonus, which takes his cap hit down to $31.6 million when exercised, according to NFL Network, that’s still a large chunk to devote to one player — especially when a potential successor is waiting in the wings and remains on his rookie contract.

“I don’t think there would be a scenario where I’d come back and that would be the number,” said Rodgers on Tuesday. “Definitely things would have to shift.”

But wait. Let’s back up. Rodgers hasn’t even committed to playing football next year at all.

He told the Pat McAfee Show on Tuesday that he still hasn’t decided whether he’ll retire. 

“There’s been a lot of fun dreaming about retiring as a Packer, because there’s something really special about that,” said the 18-year NFL veteran. “But if the competitive hole still needs to be satiated, and…


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