The deal of the New York Jets’ prized offseason acquisition, quarterback Aaron Rodgers, has been modified.
According to NFL Network, Rodgers has agreed to a two-year contract extension until 2024 at a fully guaranteed $75 million. The move represents a nearly $35 million pay cut for Rodgers, who had around $110 million left on his prior contract, which New York received from the Green Bay Packers when it traded for Rodgers in April.
The #Jets signed four-time NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers to a new two-year, $75 million guaranteed contract through the 2024 season, per NFL salary data.
Rodgers had nearly $110M guaranteed remaining on his old deal in GB. He’s taking less for a shot at a ring (or two) in New York. pic.twitter.com/FI6rmtgmAO
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 26, 2023
The contract also includes a no-franchise-tag clause and a no-trade clause. The contract is technically a five-year pact with two option years to offer the Jets more salary cap flexibility.
Rodgers acknowledged the arrangement earlier on Wednesday, following the team’s training camp practice, though he did not give specifics.
“The team gave up significant pieces for it to just be a one-year deal,” Rodgers told ESPN. “I’m aware of that. … Anything could happen with my body or the success we have this year, but I’m having a blast, so I really don’t see this as a one-year-and-done thing.”
Rodgers, 39, is playing his first of 19 NFL seasons outside of the Packers organization. Early signs are that Rodgers’ leadership and precise manner are being well received by the Jets, who have a very young group. New York has also brought back familiar faces from Rodgers’ time in Green Bay, including receivers Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett.
Rodgers, a four-time Associated Press Most Valuable Player award winner and a 10-time Pro Bowler, has passed for 59,055 yards and 475 touchdowns. The Jets’ preseason will begin on Aug. 3 with the Hall of Fame Game versus the Cleveland Browns.
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