Packers: Three Contracts to Gain More Salary Cap Space

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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.

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6 Comments on "Packers: Three Contracts to Gain More Salary Cap Space"

  1. Kato

    Hard pass on Barclay. That guy can be found in the bottom of the draft or UDFA. Good luck getting Cobb and Matthews to restructure. The defense is in need of a rebuild, sure approach Matthews with a renegotiation/restructure, if he isnt on board, cut him. We don’t need to be overpaying players on possibly one of the 5 worst defenses in the NFL

  2. MJ

    I still find it amazing that we are always close to the cap (though always on the correct side), whereas crappy team can make signing after signing. The fine line between “paying our own guys” and overpaying?

  3. stan

    To win the Super Bowl will require a ” team effort “……every player has to be willing to restructure or compromise or they won’t be hoisting the Lombardi trophy.

    • MJ

      It’s a bit tricky. You have some guys getting their first shot (and maybe their only one) at a multi-million dollar contract. I would agree that guys that have been around for more contracts may get trophy hungry and accept a lower pay from a contender, but how many stay in the league that long? Occasionally I hear a veteran stating that he wants “to play for a contender”.

  4. PF4L

    First of all….The Packers can’t ask Rodgers to restructure for lower cap #’s. They have no right to ask. When the Packers decide to use all resources, use all their cash, to field the best team they can. Then they can ask Rodgers to help.

    But until that time, if i’m Rodgers, i’d tell them to kick rocks.

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