Or: how I learned to stop worrying and love the salary-cap tricks
Ted Thompson stood before a group of reporters facing questions about the team’s financial situation. He looked at them with his typical inscrutable visage and told them they worry a lot more about the team’s accounting than he does. And the reason is simple: teams can sign whoever they want, keep whoever they want, and trade for whoever they want. It comes with tradeoffs eventually, but even those credit card bills can be forestalled longer than most fans realize. Stop worrying about the cap sheet as Aaron Jones gets restructured, or Kenny Clark or David Bakhtiari. It’ll work itself out when the team stinks again. For now? Keep kicking the can.
On Thursday, Dianna Russini reported Aaron Rodgers wanted $50 million per year in a new deal either with the Packers or a new team if he decides to bolt. She relayed a story to Rich Eisen about speaking to a team in the Rodgers chase with a tight book and she wondered to her contact there how they intended to pay for it. The response was this same idea: we’ll figure it out.