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Friday Cheese Curds: All Eyes on Aaron Rodgers’ Contract

Rodgers is owed a roster bonus at 3 pm CT today. If a restructure is happening we should find out today, but will an extension be included?

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With NFL free agency now in full swing, we are now at the stage where the Green Bay Packers could make a move.

Before that however, there remains the elephant in the room: Aaron Rodgers’ contract situation.

Many assumed the clock was ticking on Rodgers’ time in Green Bay when they moved up to draft Jordan Love in the first round last April. Then Rodgers exploded for a record season and won his third league MVP trophy while leading the Packers to a second straight NFC Championship appearance.

Once the season wrapped up, Rodgers appeared to want an extension that would keep him in Green Bay beyond 2023. That would force the team’s hand on what to do with Love sooner rather than later.

With a reduced salary cap for 2021, a restructuring of Rodgers’ current deal seems like a no-brainer. What happens beyond that will be very telling. If they don’t extend his deal, 2021 could very well be the last season we see number 12 in a Packers uniform.

With Rodgers due a $6.5 million roster bonus at 3 pm central today, it seems decision day has arrived. The Packers could of course restructure now and extend later but we could see at least some reports on what Green Bay’s intentions are for their franchise quarterback.

This writer’s take? As someone who initially liked the Love pick, I say extend Rodgers’ contract and hope Love puts enough on tape in the preseason he can get Garoppolo’d by the Packers.

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