Packers announce Rodgers has signed a contract extension

GREEN BAY, Wis. – Aaron Rodgers has officially signed a contract extension ensuring the two-time reigning MVP stays with the Green Bay Packers.

The Packers announced the extension on Tuesday. Terms weren’t released, but NFL Network reported that Rodgers will earn over $150 million over the next three years.

“We are very pleased to be able to reach an agreement with Aaron that will keep him in Green Bay,” Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst said in a statement. “His play on the field and his leadership in our locker room remain critical to our quest for another Super Bowl title. The agreement also allows us to maintain and enhance what we believe is already a very competitive squad.”

Rodgers, 38, had was announced on Twitter a week ago that he would return to the Packers for an 18th season, but said no contract had been signed at the time. Immediately after the season, Rodgers had said he wasn’t sure if he would return to the Packers, request a trade, or retire.

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The structure of the four-time MVP quarterback’s contract is initially intended to support the Packers’ salary cap situation. According to NFL Network, Rodgers’ cap would be $28.5 million this year, $18 million less than without this new deal.

Green Bay entered about $46 million above the cap this week. The Packers fired outside linebacker Za’Darius Smith and offensive lineman Billy Turner, and this week renewed outside linebacker Preston Smith’s contract as they work to get below the cap in time for Thursday’s opening of free agency.

Now the Packers will look to work on a long-term contract with All-Pro wide receiver Davante Adams, who received a franchise tag last week. If they don’t reach an agreement by July 15, Adam’s salary for the 2022 season would be just over $20 million.

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Rodgers has spent his entire NFL career in Green Bay, but his future with the organization has been a subject of speculation since the Packers traded four places to pick Utah State quarterback Jordan Love with the 26th overall pick of the 2020 draft.

Rodgers skipped the Packers’ organized team activities and mandatory mini-camp last year in a standoff with team management. He reported to the training camp on time but expressed his concerns to the organization and said he wanted to have a say in the team’s decision-making process.

But he has said numerous times in recent months that his relationship with team officials has improved significantly.

Rodgers has earned MVP honors in each of the past two seasons and helped the Packers win three straight NFC North titles. The Packers lost in the NFC divisional playoffs last season after reaching the NFC championship game in the 2019 and 2020 seasons.

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The Packers haven’t reached the Super Bowl since Rodgers guided them to a title in the 2010 season.

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