Aaron Rodgers hasn't made a decision for the 2022 season just yet. Nonetheless, the Green Bay Packers aren't going to let that stop them from making some moves to help out their salary cap situation.
On Thursday, the Packers created $3.08 million in cap space by converting $3.85 million of Aaron Jones' 2022 compensation into a signing bonus and adding two void years to his contract. ESPN's Field Yates was first to report this news.
This is the second move the Packers have made in the past two days. On Wednesday, they created $10.892 million in cap space by restructuring nose tackle Kenny Clark's contract.
While these moves may seem like an indication that Green Bay is trying to persuade Rodgers to stay, the reality is the team is over the salary cap for the 2022 season. Even if Rodgers leaves, the Packers need to clear out space.
"Friendly reminder that the Packers have work to do whether they are keeping Rodgers OR trading Rodgers. These moves were all expected and part of the plan either way," Steven Kriz tweeted.
Unsurprisingly, NFL fans believe the team's latest moves will inspire Rodgers to return for one last run.
"Rodgers is about to stay in Green Bay isn’t he," one fan said.
"The Pack seems to be going all in," another fan said. "Welcome to the new era, boys."
ESPN's Dianna Russini reported on Thursday that Rodgers will inform the Packers of his decision soon.
Until that decision is made public, the Packers will be working behind closed doors to get under the cap.