The Denver Broncos and Green Bay Packers’ disappointing seasons, with seasoned quarterbacks signing huge deals this offseason, got us thinking.
What exactly can the Broncos do about leaving Russell Wilson if things don’t improve? When exactly could they do it?
What exactly are the Packers’ options with Aaron Rodgers if he decides to come back, if he demands a trade, if he retires, etc.? And what is their schedule?
The Wilson and Rogers deals have a unique structure that makes the challenges difficult, but there are ways their teams can work around them if they decide they need to. I wanted to dive into those deals and try to explain what will happen this year, next year, etc. if and when the teams decide they want to leave.
And then when we started talking, we realized that these aren’t the only veteran QB contracts that might not look quite the same as if they were presented. Therefore, we have added some more interesting veteran deals and some explanations to them.
Please understand we don’t predict what will happen to these teams and these quarterbacks. It depends on the results of the games, the results of the seasons, the wishes of the players, the health of the players, the whims of the team owners … a lot more. This is not one of our exercises in predicting the future.
No, this is a study of contract structure in terms of how flexible or not some of QB veterans’ big deals are. Hope this helps you learn something. Enjoy.
Rogers | Wilson | Carr | Garoppolo
Murray | Stafford | Ryan | Goff
Prescott | Brady | Cousins | Tannehill