How would Aaron Rodgers trade affect Packers’ salary cap?

Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images) /

How would trading Aaron Rodgers impact the Packers’ salary cap?

To stay or not to say, is the question facing Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers right now.

Whichever decision he makes, it will have an impact on the Packers’ salary cap for the 2022 season.

What would happen if Rodgers requested a trade and the Packers made it happen? How would it impact Green Bay’s salary cap?

How Aaron Rodgers trade would impact Packers’ salary cap

According to Over The Cap, the impact that trading Aaron Rodgers would have on Green Bay’s salary cap would be the same as cutting him. The Packers would make a cap saving of $19.82 million.

While that’s a significant saving, they would still have a dead cap hit of $26.85 million, which is an awful lot to pay for an MVP quarterback trying to win a Super Bowl for another team.

But that’s where we are.

No matter what, if Rodgers is gone, the Packers will have to take on a big cap hit this year. However, they would likely be in rebuild mode so the most important thing would be future years and not 2022. The bigger impact of trading Rodgers would be the picks and/or players the Packers could get in return.

Green Bay needs to clear around $50 million to get under the salary cap in around four weeks. A Rodgers trade would clear a big chunk of that. If Rodgers stays in Green Bay, the most likely scenario would be a new contract, allowing the Packers to spread money across future seasons.

With the new league year only a month away, we should soon see the Packers make some roster moves to clear cap space. Perhaps how they do it will give us a clue as to whether Aaron Rodgers is planning to return, retire, or request a trade.