Aaron RodgersHis penchant for precision in language became evident last year, when he deliberately obscured his vaccination status by saying “yeah, I’ve been vaccinated” and playing tricks with reporters who don’t have asked a follow-up question based on the possibility that Rodgers was playing puns to find out if he got his shots. He was clearly playing puns.
He’s starting again. His Twitter post announcing his intention to play for the Packers in 2022 quibbles that he’s “signed” a new contract, and the report that it’s a $200 million deal on four years.
“Hi everyone, I just wanted to clarify a few things; YES I will play with the [Packers] next year, however, reports that I signed a contract are inaccurate, as are the supposed terms of the contract I “signed.” I’m very excited to be back,” Rodgers wrote.
First, no one reported that Rodgers had actually “signed” the contract. NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport (the first non-McAfee person to report the news) said Rodgers “agreed to the terms”. This means that there is an agreement, but the documents have not yet been signed. It is not uncommon to say that a player has “agreed to the terms” before putting pen to paper. So his decision to challenge the technicality that he didn’t “sign” is technically inaccurate, because no one said he did.
Second, when it comes to the terms of the agreement, there is often an inaccuracy or two between the initial reports and the official terms. Reported as a four-year, $200 million deal, this is apparently a four-year, $200 million extension, making it (possibly) a $226.47 million deal on five years. Or maybe there is some other minor issue, a rounding error or something. Either way, Rodgers has been paid – and the exact details will eventually be known.
Looking more broadly, WHY HE CARE? He remains in Green Bay. He’s surely not left without a new contract that lowers his cap by $46.66 million. Why does he have to be “that guy” and dispute meaningless details?
This only serves to confuse Packers fans, who will now wonder if he really agreed to stay with the team beyond 2022, and if the team got cap relief.
A cynic would say Rodgers was simply looking for attention after seeing his decision to return overwhelmed by the news the Broncos traded for Russell Wilson, as well as the not-so-subtle suggestion that Wilson was Plan A, not Plan B, for Nathaniel Hackett’s new team. Either way, it’s entirely possible that Rodgers is both one of the all-time great quarterbacks and extremely small. His decision to dispute silly details about his inevitable new deal with the Packers makes him the GOAT when it comes to worrying about meaningless details.