part of why they’re the youngest team in football is the lingering effects of Aaron Rodgers contract…they have $60M is dead cap hit this year and $40M of that is from Aaron Rodgers alone.
he’s off the books next year and even without other moves they’ll have $35M in free space. then there are two really big contract question marks for next year in Aaron Jones and David Bahktiari. Jones will be $17M against the cap, i expect they’ll keep him one more year as cutting him would only reduce it to $12M. after 2024 (and age 30) he will either sign a much reduced contract or be out. Bahktiari will bring a massive $40M hit in 2024, and even if he doesn’t retire he’s not worth that any more with all of the injuries. releasing him would reduce the hit by $20M, so i don’t see him playing another down for the Packers.
long-short: in 2024 they will have both great draft pick assets and more available money for free agency than they’ve had in years. 2023 is completely about player assessment and getting some new players experience. 2024 will be about team-building. with or without Love at the helm, i see 2025 as the first real window for being competitive again.
Spot on with your assessment. Still not sure MLF is HC material. I know this team is young, but it is not without some talent, and right now I’m not seeing much to cheer about going forward. The whole team looks in disarray which is on the HC. MLF was brought in to work with Rodgers, now that Rodgers is gone and the team looks so dysfunctional, wonder if a new HC might not be a bad idea. Agree we are building for 2025, even though many don’t want to admit it. So if there are questions on the HC, now might be the time to look for a new HC. The team has looked soft for the past couple of years, and that is also on the HC.