Aaron Rodgers Declines Packers Contract That Would Have Made Him NFL's Highest-Paid Player

NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers reportedly turned down a contract extension with the Green Bay Packers that would have made him the highest-paid player in the league.

"This off-season, the Packers offered Aaron Rodgers a two-year contract extension that would have tied him to Green Bay for five more seasons and made him the highest-paid QB and player in football," ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter wrote in a tweet on Tuesday. "Rodgers declined the offer, proof it's not about the money."

This off-season, the Packers offered Aaron Rodgers a two-year contract extension that would have tied him to Green Bay for five more seasons and made him the highest-paid QB and player in football.

Rodgers declined the offer, proof it’s not about the money.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 20, 2021

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes became the highest-paid NFL player in 2020 when he signed a 10-year extension worth $503 million. While Schefter did not report the exact amount of money Rodgers turned down from the Packers, his sources said that it would have placed Rodgers above Mahomes as the highest-paid player in the NFL.

Rodgers is under contract with the Packers for the next three years, but he has remained adamant about his issues with the team's management, and sources told Schefter in April that the reigning NFL MVP did not want to return to the team in 2021.

The Packers used a 2020 first-round draft pick on quarterback Jordan Love, prompting rumors about Rodgers' future with the team. During an interview with ESPN's SportsCenter in May, Rodgers shut down the rumors and suggested that his issues with the Packers were focused on "character" and "culture."

"With my situation, look, it's never been about the draft pick, picking Jordan," Rodgers said. "I love Jordan; he's a great kid. [We've had] a lot of fun [at] work together. Love the coaching staff, love my teammates, love the fan base in Green Bay. An incredible 16 years. It's just kind of about a philosophy and maybe forgetting that it is about the people that make the thing go. It's about character, it's about culture, it's about doing things the right way.

"I think sometimes people forget what really makes an organization....I've been fortunate enough to play with a number of amazing, amazing people and got to work for some amazing people, as well. It's those people that build the foundation of those entities. I think sometimes we forget that."

Despite the rumors and comments from Rodgers, Packers General Manager Brian Gutekunst told ESPN in April that the team has no plans to trade the three-time NFL MVP.

"As we've stated since the season ended, we are committed to Aaron in 2021 and beyond," Gutekunst told ESPN.

Since Rodgers' comments in May, he did not report to the Packers' voluntary Organized Team Activities (OTAs) and it is unclear if he will show up to the team's training camp, which is set to begin on July 28.

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers drops back to pass in the first quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the NFC Championship Game at Lambeau Field on January 24, 2021, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Rodgers reportedly turned down a contract extension that would have made him the NFL's highest-paid player. Dylan Buell/Getty