1. Offer Aaron Rodgers a new deal
If there’s one way to show Rodgers they are committed to him long term, it would be to work out a long-term deal.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Packers “made a significant long-term contract extension offer”, and he added that “the two sides have been negotiating”. This shows the Packers are willing to give Rodgers a new deal.
If the two sides can come to an agreement, everyone’s a winner. Green Bay gets its superstar quarterback back on the field and Rodgers gets a new contract he’s happy with.
What does Rodgers want in a new deal? That’s something only he and possibly the team know. But if he’s after long-term security, there are ways the Packers can make that happen. If they offer guaranteed money over many years, it could become effectively impossible to trade him given the impact it would have on the salary cap.
Another option would be to add a no-trade clause into the deal, something Rodgers would have to waive to make a deal possible.
Whether Rodgers would want that or the Packers would even offer it, who knows? But if it’s long-term security Rodgers wants on a new deal, it’s up to Green Bay to agree. And if the team is committed to Rodgers long term, maybe that’s what it will take. Time will tell.