Aaron Rodgers open to remodeling deal if he performs in 2023

Aaron Rodgers has not made any determination about whether or not he intends to proceed his NFL profession in 2023 — not to mention with what workforce that might be — however he mentioned he understands the enterprise side of it.

Due to that, he mentioned Tuesday on “The Pat McAfee Show” that he is aware of his present contract in all probability is not viable for the Inexperienced Bay Packers or every other workforce.

Rodgers has $59.465 million assured if he performs in 2023, as a part of the three-year, $150 million contract extension he signed final March. It carries a salary-cap cost of $31,623,570 for subsequent season.

“There’s a lot of teams, because of COVID, that are strapped, and you’re seeing with a lot of different contracts, they’re pushing more money out in deals,” Rodgers mentioned on the present. “They’re creating void years to allow for an easier cap hit, so there would have to be some adjustments, for sure.”

The contract because it at the moment exists makes it troublesome, however not inconceivable, for Rodgers to be traded, largely as a result of the Packers could be caught with large quantities of useless cash on their wage cap.

First issues first: Rodgers has to determine whether or not he desires to play — whether or not that is for the Packers or one other workforce.

“All the other ideas about [a] trade and whatnot, that’s all conjecture until I decide what I want to do moving forward for myself,” Rodgers mentioned.

Final summer season, Rodgers mentioned he “definitely” deliberate to complete his profession with the Packers. Final week on McAfee’s present, he left the door open for different potentialities.

“I hope there’s some gratitude on both sides if that happens,” Rodgers mentioned Tuesday. “But, again, that doesn’t open the door for any conjecture, honestly, on my side. And I’m not saying that to be cryptic. I’ve got to figure out what I want to do, and then we’ll see where all the parties at and what kind of transpires after that.”

Rodgers additionally maintained that it may not be his determination to return to the Packers regardless that the workforce has mentioned publicly that it could welcome Rodgers again.

“If they feel like it was in the best interests of the team to move forward, so be it,” he mentioned. “Again, that wouldn’t offend me, and it wouldn’t make me feel like a victim. I wouldn’t have any animosity towards the team. I love the organization, I love the city, I love the region. I’m a minority owner in the [Milwaukee] Bucks; I’m going to be a part of the region long after I’m done playing. I have a lot of love for what’s gone on in Green Bay. And I’d love to finish there, I would. I might have finished there. Who knows?”

Rodgers, who’s 39, gained the MVP in 2020 and 2021 however had considered one of his worst seasons in 2022. He threw for the fewest yards (3,695) in any season during which he performed at the least 15 video games and his most interceptions (12) in additional than a decade. He didn’t have a single 300-yard passing sport. He additionally handled a damaged thumb and accidents to his ribs and a knee through the season.

The Packers missed the playoffs for the primary time below coach Matt LaFleur and had their first dropping document (8-9) since 2018. The Packers stayed within the playoff hunt till the top, thus ending any likelihood backup quarterback Jordan Love would begin a sport.

“What’s the old adage that people want to say? ‘Oh, the grass isn’t always greener on the other side,'” Rodgers mentioned. “And I always say, ‘The grass is green where you water it.’ I think that’s the most important thing to remember. Change is a part of this business, it’s a part of life, and I think being open to it and embracing whatever that change looks like is an important part of coming to peace with whatever decision lies ahead of you. I think that’s the most important kind of peace I want to get to is mentally feeling good about where I’m at. If I want to hang it up and do that, having the peace to do that.”