By Adam Roberts – 5/27/2021
Two factors have combined this offseason to make spending a nightmare for the Green Bay Packers. First, the fact that Aaron Rodgers wants more guaranteed money from his contract to stay with the team, ergo the current situation between those two parties. Second, the fact that the Packers had to clear a total of 26.5 million dollars in order to get under the NFL salary cap, decreased by eight percent from one year ago. Not to mention the fact that as of right now the team still figured to be around 45 million over the cap for 2022.
Fansided wrote back in March that Rodgers, Za’Darius Smith, David Bakhtiari, Preston Smith, and Kenny Clark would account for 64 percent of the team’s cap for next year. So far this offseason the team has re-worked the deals of Bakhtiari and the Smiths along with Adrian Amos, Billy Turner, Mason Crosby, and Devin Funchess, but decisions still need to be made.
To try and help alleviate some pressure, the team today restructured defensive lineman Dean Lowry’s deal. ESPN’s Field Yates reported that the conversion of 3.11 million dollars into a signing bonus will create about 2.488 million in cap space. While this guarantees Lowry will be with the team this year, it bumps up the cap hit for 2022. No doubt general manager Brian Gutekunst still has more work to do before the season begins.
Last year, Lowry had three sacks and 36 tackles over 601 total snaps.