Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers have been the face of all the headlines this offseason given their longstanding relationship may finally come to a close. While the first rumors hit after the 2020 season, we find ourselves in a similar situation once again this offseason.
After the 2020 season, Aaron Rodgers made it clear that he wanted to move on from Green Bay due to the lack of success in the postseason. While it seemed like he might be on his way out, the two sides reached an agreement to stay together for at least one more season and have another go at the Super Bowl.
In the end, the Packers suffered an embarrassing divisional-round loss at home to the 49ers. It was a game that Aaron Rodgers simply did not show up in. The loss left us in the position we’re at now. Asking where will Aaron Rodgers play in 2022.
While Rodgers has reportedly told the Packers that a decision will be coming ‘soon’, he also seems to want a $50 million contract. Of course, that would make him the highest-paid player in the league, which the Packers have done for him before. However, they currently don’t find themselves in a friendly space in terms of cap space.
Joy Taylor took Rodgers’ supposed salary demands and gave her take as to why that wouldn’t be beneficial for him.
Joy Taylor claims Aaron Rodgers demanding more money would be detrimental for the Packers
On a segment of ‘The Herd,’ Joy Taylor spoke about Aaron Rodgers’ situation saying “If Aaron Rodgers had never been the highest-paid player, I would say this is a reasonable thing for him to be asking for. With his current contract, he’ll have the 4th highest base salary and the 2nd highest cap hit. And, he’s already been the highest-paid player in the league before. This isn’t the first time he would have that title.”
Taylor further added “Being the highest-paid player in the league with a team that is already in cap hell, is not really the construct that’s going to get you past the point that you’ve already been. If your quarterback takes up a large percentage of the cap hit, you’re likely not going to win the Super Bowl. If your new cap hit is around 30%, where are you gonna fit anyone else?!”
If the Green Bay Packers decided to give into Aaron Rodgers’ salary demands, they are going to have to nail the draft because it will become very difficult to keep a lot of talent around him. Restructuring deals for other players will help but there’s only so much that can do. This could be Rodgers saying he doesn’t care about winning a ring anymore.