3. Aaron Rodgers
QB1 will count for $20.3 million against the Packers’ cap in 2017. In terms of market value, he’s worth more.
That said, on multiple occasions, we have sat back and watched Tom Brady restructure his deal with the New England Patriots to give them more cap room. He did it last year. He did it the year before and the year before that.
The last time around, the Pats extended Brady’s deal by two years. That gained them just $1 million in space. The previous year, Brady changed some of the language in his deal to create $24 million in cap space.
Realistically, we doubt the Packers will even explore this avenue, but if Rodgers really wants to “reload,” as he said at the end of the season, he should be first in line to prove it. The Packers would be wise to open that dialogue.