Packers News: Aaron Rodgers' Contract Could Lead to Opt-Out in 2021

Larry Rupp
Aaron Rodgers' contract could lead to an opt-out by the Green Bay Packers starting quarterback.
Aaron Rodgers' contract could lead to an opt-out by the Green Bay Packers starting quarterback. / Dylan Buell/Getty Images

It seems like a new update on the relationship between quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers is being released every day. Rodgers' future with the team remains up in the air and his current contract could allow him to opt-out of the 2021 season without losing a ton of money.

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A new letter agreement between the NFL and NFL Players Association grants broad powers to all players to opt out of the 2021 season. This decisions will be allowed regardless of whether the player opted out in 2020 or whether they have been diagnosed with a higher-risk condition.

In Rodgers' case, he has a big decisions to make as he can decide to opt-out all the way up until Friday, July 2. However, the decision becomes permanent at that point and there is no going back. It may seem outlandish to think Rodgers would pull a move this drastic, but that's not the case.

Making this move would allow Rodgers to keep $11.5 million in unearned signing bonus money for 2021 as well as the payments on the $6.8 million roster bonus that he earned in March. That’s $18.3 million that he’ll keep by opting out now, but $18.3 million he will lose if he decides to opt out later on.

Keep in mind that the opt-out date is only a week away. Rodgers doesn't have very long to make what is a massive decision for both him and the Packers franchise. Green Bay fans will just have to hold their breath and hope the 37-year-old QB is still planning to play when next Friday rolls around.

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