Aaron Rodgers, Packers sign four-year, $200M agreement

The Packers' latest offseason dance with Aaron Rodgers may have been their last.

According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, Green Bay signed Rodgers to a four-year, $200 million contract with $153 million guaranteed on Tuesday. The deal reduces Rodgers' salary cap for 2022 and makes him the NFL's highest-paid player.

Green Bay's chances of winning in the coming season depend on the latter detail. Green Bay was $26 million above the cap in 2022, and Rodgers' contract was worth $46.6 million.

Retaining receiver Davante Adams was difficult. With Rodgers' new, lower cap figure, Green Bay can franchise tag Adams before Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET deadline, Rapoport reported.

His deal's ripples continue. The massive extension allows Rodgers to avoid a forced succession plan involving 2020 first-round selection Jordan Love, similar to how he followed Brett Favre. 

Of course, Favre moved to New York and Minneapolis before retiring, and it's evident Rodgers won't either. Rodgers certainly didn't want such an ending, spending last offseason seeding media anger until reconciling with Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst in time for the 2021 season. 

After another NFL MVP season, Rodgers had as much leverage as possible, especially because the Packers lost to the 49ers in the Divisional Round again.

Gutekunst said Rodgers has to win immediately. Rodgers needed security and a raise after two MVP seasons to stay.