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Aaron Rodgers’ date to host ‘Jeopardy’ has been set

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers has long been a huge fan of the popular quiz show “Jeopardy!” Now he will have a chance to host the show.

Rodgers is one of several celebrities who have been chosen to guest host “Jeopardy!” as they search for a replacement for longtime host Alex Trebek, who died in November.

Rodgers will host 10 episodes of the show, which will air over the span of two weeks beginning on April 5.

Episodes hosted by Ken Jennings and show producer Mike Richards have aired so far.

Katie Couric, Dr. Mehmet Oz, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, actress Mayim Bialik, “Today” host Savannah Guthrie, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, and “60 Minutes” correspondent Bill Whitaker are also set to be guest hosts for future shows.

Rodgers appeared on “Celebrity Jeopardy!” in 2015, winning the game and netting $50,000 for charity. He even compared meeting Trebek to meeting other iconic TV personalities from his youth, including Pat Summerall and John Madden.

Rodgers seems unlikely to get the permanent show hosting job because of a conflict with his NFL career, but we won’t count him out.

Aaron Rodgers shares what his next biggest challenge is

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers shared what his next biggest challenge is, and it’s not what you might think.

Rodgers has an endorsement deal with Zenith Watches and recently joined their CEO for an interview on Instagram Live. The Green Bay Packers quarterback talked in the interview about his recent engagement to Shailene Woodley. He also shared that he is looking forward to become to a father one day. He called being a father his “next great challenge.”

“It’s gonna be a really fun challenge. I’ve done a pretty good job at taking care of myself for the last 37 years, and look forward to taking care of another life at some point,” Rodgers said. “I think it’s gonna be so fun. I’ve dreamt about what that would be like and I’m really excited about that chapter, whenever that comes.”

The 37-year-old said that many of his peers now have families, which makes him look forward to joining them, whenever the time comes.

Rodgers may be at an age where many of his close friends are fathers and have families, but the time may not be right for him yet. He just put together an MVP season and seems to be showing no signs of slowing down on the field.

Perhaps he will be similar to Derek Jeter, who got engaged, married, and then had children, all after retiring. Though Rodgers became engaged towards the end of his career, he could be waiting until after his playing career to expand his family.

Packers approached Aaron Rodgers about restructuring his contract in January

Aaron Rodgers

NFL general managers face difficult decisions in the coming weeks as the new league year officially begins and free agency gets underway.

While that’s usually a time for money to be thrown around like Fat Joe and Lil Wayne making it rain, things in 2021 will be very different. Due to financial losses brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, the NFL salary cap will drop for the first time since its inception in 1994.

There is some potential for the floor to be raised above $180.5 million should the league agree to a new television deal, but even then, more than half the teams will find themselves in some sort of financial trouble. Accordingly, there will be a slew of restructures, extensions, pay cuts and releases.

For the Green Bay Packers, they will need to clear more than $11 million in space to reach the projected cap floor, which is why they restructured the contract of All-Pro left tackle David Bakhtiari. It’s also why they approached quarterback Aaron Rodgers about a contract restructure in late January, reports Jason Wilde of the Wisconsin State Journal.

According to a source, the team approached Rodgers around the time of the team’s Jan. 24 season-ending loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC Championship Game about altering his contract to free up cap space. After that game, Rodgers notably mused about his own uncertain future with the team, and multiple sources said at the time Rodgers was merely seeking a longer-term commitment to him as the quarterback in the wake of last year’s first-round selection of Jordan Love in the NFL draft.

Around that time, Rodgers was a bit cryptic about his future in Green Bay, implying that his status in 2021 and beyond was uncertain and that he’d have to take some times to figure things out.

Rodgers later walked back those comments, but it’s now clear they stemmed from being approached about a possible restructure. And that, of course, came on the heels of Green Bay essentially drafting his successor, Jordan Love, in the 2020 NFL draft, which also didn’t sit well with the three-time NFL MVP.

The 37-year-old Rodgers still has two years and $50 million left on his current deal. Including signing bonuses and other built-in bonuses, he’ll account for a cap hit of $39.85 million in 2021 and $28.35 in 2022. By releasing Rodgers this season, the Packers would absorb a dead cap hit of $17.204 million. It becomes much more manageable next year.

As things sit, there’s no way the Packers can afford the dead cap hit or Rodgers’ current salary. He wants an extension, they want a restructure. It will be interesting to see how this situation plays itself out in the coming weeks.