The Packers Can’t Trade Aaron Rodgers Even If They Want To
After the Green Bay Packers selected Jordan Love in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, the clock on Aaron Rodgers is officially ticking. How long until Jordan Love takes over? When will the Packers actually start shopping Rodgers? Well, the funny part is the Green Bay can’t even trade Rodgers even if they wanted to. That’s what makes this Jordan Love pick even weirder.
Dan Graziano broke it down on a recent ESPN clip from ‘Get Up’
“Yeah, pretty much impossible at this point. If they were to trade him now, very hypothetically, it is more than $51 million in dead money on this year’s salary cap. It would actually add $29 million to this year’s cap. They don’t have that cap room to do it if they even want it to.
“If they trade him next year, you’re looking at $31 million in dead money. A trade of Aaron Rodgers out of Green Bay is pretty impossible this year, and would be extremely painful for the team next year.”
After 2021, the Packers can then get out of the contract. It will still cost them $17.24 million in dead cap to move on after that season. I would guess that Green Bay knows what they’re doing. They have to know that Jordan Love is going to sit for two years going into this. It’s truly not possible to move on from Rodgers sooner. It would destroy your cap. You would have to cut half your roster just to make up the cash.
I think the theory Vendetta blogger, Adam Ramirez put out is a good one. I’m jealous I didn’t think of it. What if Aaron Rodgers ends his career with the Vikings just like Brett Favre did? How weird would that be? The funny part is, I don’t think it’s outlandish. Kirk Cousins isn’t going to win you a Super Bowl.