Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers is in line to become the highest-paid player in the National Football League.
According to reports, the Packers are negotiating a short-term deal for the quarterback that would make the reigning MVP the highest-paid player in the league if he returns for the 2022 season.
There is still no clarity whether their longtime quarterback will continue his playing career or retire. The franchise reportedly hopes to wrap up negotiations with Rodgers’ representation by the time he decides his future.
The former Superbowl MVP is scheduled to earn nearly $26.5 million in base salary next season
Kansas City’s quarterback Patrick Mahomes currently earns the league’s highest average annual salary at $45 million per season.
Aaron Rodgers is expected to inform the Packers of his decision in the near future. While there has been significant interest in his services elsewhere via trade, Green Bay has displayed no interest in moving their most prized asset. Speculations about a trade arose after Rodgers and the Packers were seemingly at odds a year ago but appear to have mended their relationship through the 2021 season.
The 38-year-old is coming off another stellar season. He has thrown 85 touchdowns against nine interceptions over the last two years winning consecutive MVP awards in the process.
Rodgers led the Packers to 13 wins in each of the last three seasons but failed to reach the Super Bowl in any of them. The future Hall of Famer hasn’t returned to the championship game since winning Super Bowl XLV at the end of the 2010 season.