The Green Bay Packers will be forced to release or trade a few talented players following the 2020 season.
The Green Bay Packers are in an interesting position heading into the 2020 season. Aaron Rodgers remains the star of the team, but Jordan Love is hot on his heels after being taken in the first round.
One would think the Packers plan to maximize the contention window while Rodgers continues to play at a high level. He is under contract through 2023 and for now the assumption is he will hold the job down at least through 2021.
The quarterback’s cap hit will also jump from $21.6 million in 2020 to $36.3 million in 2021. He is just one player set to earn a raise and that means other will either be cut or traded following the 2020 season. A few players stand out right away as obvious choices.
Billy Turner joined the Packers in 2019 on a four-year, $28 million contract. The guard played in and started all 16 games and should do the same again in 2020.
The only things working against the veteran beyond 2020 is his age and contract. Turner will turn 30 during the 2021 season and is a $8 million cap hit with a dead cap value of $4.5 million. The Packers can also spread out the dead cap hit over two years if he is released or traded after June 1, giving the team a potential of $5.8 million in savings in 2021.
The Packers drafted guard Jon Runyan this year and can get younger along the line while also saving millions of dollars with the release or even a trade of Turner if there are any takers.