That contract made the reigning Most Valuable Player the highest-paid player in the NFL, and he gets $153 million in guaranteed money.
His annual average value of $50 million surpasses Patrick Mahomes‘ ten-year, $450 million deal.
While he has a higher AAV, this new contract reduced his cap hit, giving the Packers flexibility to acquire free agents or re-sign their top players like Davante Adams.
However, NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport revealed that Rodgers’ decision really went down the wire.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 8, 2022
Rapoport said, “This was no easy decision. Rodgers considered retirement and the #Broncos. In the end, the #Packers get it done. They commit to Aaron Rodgers for many years.”
Apparently, the lengthy Instagram post he made was nothing but an appreciation for all the people that made his stay in Green Bay worthwhile.
That photo wherein there’s a space between Randall Cobb and Adams did not signify a move to another team.
The Packers are making a huge financial commitment, but getting him back makes them one of the NFL’s best teams.
The Broncos Must Feel Dejected
Reading Rapoport’s tweet might make the Denver Broncos cringe.
They were there right at the end of the Rodgers sweepstakes.
The Broncos thought that hiring Nathaniel Hackett as their head coach improved their chances of getting Rodgers.
In the end, Rodgers chose Green Bay because it is home.
Joining Denver might have been intriguing, but the gauntlet that is the AFC might have decreased his chances of winning another Super Bowl.