Jets and Aaron Rodgers still haven’t changed their contracts

Despite his obvious and lingering grievances with the Packers, Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers did his former team good by leaving, agreeing to waive his entire $58.3 million fully guaranteed option bonus. until 2024.

That was news for the Jets, who must work out with Rodgers how much of the $58.3 million will come back in 2023 and how it will be structured for capping purposes.

Nearly a month ago, Jets general manager Joe Douglas told #PFTPM that both parties were working on the revised deal. It still hasn’t happened.

Via ESPN.com’s Rich Cimini, the Jets cleared $45.2 million in salary cap space this offseason, leaving them with $24.5 million to spend.

As originally negotiated, the $58.3 million was to be converted into a guaranteed payment, bringing the cap down to $14.575 million this year.

With a total of $107.55 million over the next two years due and payable to Rodgers, the final contract structure could shed considerable light on whether he’s in for the next two years.

Maybe he’s just weighing his options. Perhaps on some level he appreciates the bit of extra power implicit in this unresolved issue – especially since it has been suggested that under the new contract he could take less than what ‘he should do.

The Jets were ready to accept the contract as is. They now hold a contract that has Rodgers on the books for just minimum wage in 2023.

In the end, Rodgers will get whatever Rodgers wants, within reason. He won’t want more money than he should earn. The possibility of him wanting less is a great way to ensure that the honeymoon period, from the team’s perspective, lasts throughout the offseason schedule and maybe into camp. training.

The possibility that the final deal will make it clear he’s ready to play for the Jets in 2024 could take a little ayahuasca and/or a lot of no light in the six weeks between OTAs and training camp. .

Ultimately, the revised deal could get some concessions for Rodgers, if he’s willing to take just under $107.55 million over the next two years. For example, more medicine ball or sled pull during pre-workout conditioning – something Rodgers had never done in 18 years in Green Bay and honed his calf when he did the last month.

Or whatever else he might want, based on his first few weeks in the building. He is able to do a huge service for the team. What’s wrong with subtly asking for a favor or two in return?

Jets, Aaron Rodgers still hasn’t changed contract originally appeared on Pro Football Talk

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