ChatWrap/Mailbag: Aaron Rodgers cap hit

New ESPN Stats & Information resources have allowed us to provide a new layer to discussions about offseason player movement, spawning the kind of questions I haven't always been equipped to answer. Let's address another while we have a moment.

This inquiry came during our SportsNation chat Tuesday as well as via the mailbag. Many of you want to know how Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will receive $40 million in cash this season, and a total of $62.5 million over the next three years, and still count only $12 million against the 2013 salary cap.

It's actually pretty simple. Here's how it works out:

Most of Rodgers' $40 million in 2013 compensation comes in the form of a $35 million signing bonus. Although he will receive the cash this year, NFL accounting rules allow the salary-cap hit to be pro-rated over five years. So that means $7 million of it will count against the 2013 cap.

Rodgers has a $4.5 million base salary and a $500,000 workout bonus, all of which counts against 2013 by NFL rules. When you add the pro-rated portion of the signing bonus to the base salary and workout bonus, you get $12 million.

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