GREEN BAY, WI (WSAU) Green Bay Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers will get 40-million dollars this year – but the team still has plenty of salary cap room for this season, and maybe next.
Rodgers signed a five-year contract extension last week worth 110-million. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says he’s getting a 35-million-dollar signing bonus and a half-million dollar workout bonus in 2013 – along with a base salary of four-and-a-half million. All told, Rodgers counts 12-million-dollars against Green Bay’s salary cap for this year – just two-and-a-quarter million more than a year ago.
That means general manager Ted Thompson has plenty of room, should he want to give contract extensions to other key players like nose tackle B-J Raji and receiver James Jones. The Packers are reportedly 13-and-a-half million dollars under their current salary cap.
They’ll need up to six-million of that to sign their draft choices and undrafted free agents. And the Pack can carry over any unused cap space in 2014.