Aaron Rodgers Rumors: QB Declined Packers Contract Offer to Be Top-Paid NFL Player

Adam WellsJuly 20, 2021

FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2021, file photo, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) runs during an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Green Bay, Wis. Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst says the team remains committed to Rodgers “for the foreseeable future” one year after trading up in the first round to draft the three-time MVP’s potential successor. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps, File)
AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps, File

A new wrinkle in the saga between Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers has come to light. 

Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, Rodgers turned down a two-year contract extension earlier this offseason that would have made him the highest-paid player in the NFL. 

The reported disconnect between Rodgers and the Packers has been one of the NFL's biggest offseason storylines. 

Schefter reported on April 29 that the reigning NFL MVP told some people with the franchise he didn't want to return because of frustration with the organization. 

Per Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports, Rodgers will consider a holdout or retirement if Brian Gutekunst remains Green Bay's general manager. 

Gutekunst told Schefter the Packers remain "committed to Aaron in 2021 and beyond."

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reported last month (h/t Sam Marsdale of 247Sports) that Green Bay CEO Mark Murphy has "strongly supported" Gutekunst throughout the situation and is very unlikely to fire him. 

A two-year extension for Rodgers would have tied him to the Packers through the 2025 season. 

Kansas City Chiefs star Patrick Mahomes will be the highest-paid player in the league this season with an average annual salary of $45 million. 

It's unclear how much the reported extension would have paid Rodgers, but he'll be the fifth-highest-paid player in the NFL in terms of average salary in 2021 ($33.5 million). 

The Packers could get out of Rodgers' deal with a $17.2 million dead-cap hit after this year. He has a $14.7 million salary in 2021 and $25 million salaries in each of the next two seasons. 

Rodgers led the NFL in completion percentage (70.7) and touchdown passes (48) last year. The nine-time Pro Bowler also finished seventh in passing yards (4,299) to help the Packers win the NFC North with a 13-3 record. 

Green Bay will open training camp July 27. It's unclear if Rodgers will report on that date.

Salary-cap info via Spotrac unless otherwise noted.    


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