The Packers should’ve moved on from Aaron Rodgers this past offseason. Green Bay decided against trading the four-time MVP and is paying the price for it now.
Unfortunately, that opportunity is gone. Due to Rodgers’ new contract, trading him next offseason is impossible. And that’s assuming another team would even be willing to give up much in a potential trade.
This is likely out of the Packers’ hands. If Rodgers retires, they will have no other option but to move on. But if he decides to keep playing, they may not have much choice.
According to Spotrac, Rodgers’ cap number moves to $31.62 million next season, then keeps rising until it reaches $59.3 million in 2025.
If the Packers moved on from Rodgers next offseason, they would have to pay $99.78 million in dead money. What a mess.
However, if Rodgers decides to retire, the Packers may have to restructure his deal to help manage the dead cap hit.
Rodgers’ departure will leave a significant hit on the salary cap whenever it happens, but the Packers knew that when they gave him a new deal. They will have a plan to manage it.
From a football perspective, the time has come. Rodgers has enjoyed an incredible career in Green Bay, but all good things come to an end. The Packers need to turn the page in 2023.