The Packers announce that Rodgers has signed a contract extension – 95.5 WSB
GREEN BAY, Wis. — (AP) — Aaron Rodgers has officially signed a contract extension ensuring the reigning two-time MVP will stay with the Green Bay Packers.
The Packers announced the extension Tuesday. The terms have not been published, but The NFL Network reported Rodgers will earn more than $150 million over the next three years.
“We are very pleased to be able to reach an agreement with Aaron that keeps him in Green Bay,” Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst said in a statement. “His play on the court and his leadership in our locker room remain critical in our pursuit of another Super Bowl title. The deal also allows us to maintain and improve on what we believe is already a very competitive roster.
Rodgers, 38, had announced a week ago on Twitter this he was going back to the Packers for an 18th season, but said no deal had been signed at that time. Immediately after the season, Rodgers said he didn’t know if he would return to the Packers, ask for a trade or retire.
The four-time MVP quarterback’s contract structure is designed to help the Packers’ salary cap situation at the moment. According to NFL Network, Rodgers’ cap reached this year would be $28.5 million, which is $18 million less than he would have been without the new deal.
Green Bay entered this week about $46 million above the cap. The Packers released outside linebacker Za’Darius Smith and offensive lineman Billy Turner and extended the contract of outside linebacker Preston Smith. this week as they worked to get below the cap in time for free agency to open on Thursday.
Now the Packers will try to work out a long-term deal with All-Pro receiver Davante Adams, which received a franchise tag last week. If they don’t reach an agreement by July 15, Adams’ salary for the 2022 season would be just over $20 million.
Rodgers has spent his entire NFL career in Green Bay, but his future with the organization has been the subject of speculation since the Packers traded four spots to take the quarterback from East State. Utah, Jordan Love, with the 26th overall pick in the 2020 draft.
Rodgers skipped organized team activities and the Packers’ mandatory minicamp last year in a standoff with team management. He showed up to training camp on time, but expressed concerns about the organization and said he wanted a say in the team’s decision-making process.
But he has repeatedly said in recent months that his relationship with team officials has improved significantly.
Rodgers has earned MVP honors each of the past two seasons and helped the Packers win three straight NFC North titles. The Packers lost in the NFC Divisional Playoffs last season after reaching the NFC Championship Game in the 2019 and 2020 seasons.
The Packers haven’t reached the Super Bowl since Rodgers led them to a title in the 2010 season.
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