The quarterback position has been a topic of discussion for the Green Bay Packers for the last few years. The team traded up during the 2020 NFL Draft to select Nevada quarterback Jordan Love, which seemed to signal that they thought the Aaron Rodgers era would be coming to an end sooner than later.
That has certainly not been the case. The Love selection seems to have motivated and lit a fire under Rodgers, who has won the MVP award in both seasons since, drastically altering the plans that Green Bay had put into place.
Rodgers had flirted with the idea of playing elsewhere, but the Packers were able to convince him to remain in the green and gold. He will likely play out the remainder of his career in Green Bay, which leads to the question; what will the Packers do with Love?
Trading up to select a quarterback when you had someone of Rodgers’ caliber was a move that some people questioned at the time. It has looked worse and worse since, as Rodgers is still playing at a high level and now the team has a first-round quarterback on the roster with no path to the field.
Green Bay’s front office admits that they don’t even know what the future holds for Love. A trade could still occur, which Ian Rapoport provided some details during an appearance on the Pat McAfee Show.
Rapoport believes the Packers would take a second or third-round pick in exchange for Jordan Love, who looks ticketed to preseason and mop-up duty as the only times he’ll get on the field.
If that is the case, the Packer should be working the phones. Love seems like a sunk cost as a first-round pick at this point, so they may as well get as much value for him as possible.
The tools are there for Love to develop into a good starting quarterback in this league, he just needs an opportunity to play. That opportunity will not be coming in Green Bay unless Rodgers changes course and retires following the 2022 season.
Trade talks for Love could really pick up next offseason, if he isn’t moved before then, involving teams who will miss out on the top signal-callers in the 2023 NFL Draft.