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How Aaron Rodgers’ $47M Indecision Affects Packers’ Plans

  • The team is $37.4 million over the NFL's salary cap thanks in part to the quarterback's $46.7 million cap hit.
  • Several of his teammates — including All-Pro receiver Davante Adams — are in a holding pattern with next contracts.
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While Aaron Rodgers ponders his future, several of his Packers teammates — including All-Pro receiver Davante Adams — are stuck in a holding pattern.

Last summer, Rodgers restructured his contract with a potential out after this season, but on Wednesday, GM Brian Gutekunst denied he’d made any promise to trade him this offseason.

But if Rodgers doesn’t retire and Green Bay doesn’t move him, he’ll carry a massive $46.7 million cap hit — and the team is already $37.4 million over

  • This week, the Packers opened $14M in cap space by restructuring the contracts of Kenny Clark ($11M) and Aaron Jones ($3M).
  • Green Bay could also restructure or release All-Pro linebacker Za’Darius Smith, who missed much of the season following back surgery and has a cap hit of $27.7M (2nd on team behind Rodgers).
  • The Packers’ desire to sign UFA Adams to a long-term contract is hamstrung by the cap situation; he can be franchise tagged by March 8 (one year, $20M)

Adams, who is seeking $30 million per season, is the Packers’ most important playmaker and forms one of the league’s most dangerous duos. The five-time Pro Bowler scored 11 TDs and set career highs in receptions (123) and yards (1,553) in 2021.

Several teams have reportedly made offers for Rodgers, per ESPN’s Dianna Russini, who says the reigning NFL MVP will give them an answer “soon.”

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