There is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the Green Bay Packers not only for the remainder of the 2022 season but heading into the future as well. It is anyone’s guess what future Hall of Famer Aaron Rodgers will do, as he has been non-committal about his playing future.
The Packers and Rodgers agreed to a four-year, $200 million extension this past offseason, but it didn’t guarantee anything beyond him remaining with the franchise for this season. There is still a chance that he decides to retire and given how this season has gone, it would not be shocking if he decided to hang it up.
Green Bay came into the season as expected Super Bowl contenders, but they are falling woefully short of those expectations. The organization’s inability to mend the relationship with wide receiver Davante Adams and trade him to the Las Vegas Raiders has been a major detriment to the team’s performance.
If Rodgers does ride into the sunset after the 2022 season, the Packers can at least rest a little easier knowing they have a quarterback waiting to take over in Jordan Love. Love was selected in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, which set off a lot of issues between Rodgers and the franchise.
Love hasn’t played much in his career, making some appearances in mop-up duty and having one emergency start in 2021 on the road against the Kansas City Chiefs. Despite the lack of reps and production thus far in his career, he has garnered praise from his teammates.
The most recent praise came from veteran linebacker De’Vondre Campbell via Clubhouse Live. Campbell is confident that his teammate would be able to play on numerous teams around the NFL right now.
“He’s a starting quarterback. He’s better than a lot of starting quarterbacks.”
Love does possess the kind of size that franchises love in their quarterback and he has a big arm. His first-round pedigree should provide him a chance to start somewhere eventually, whether it is in Green Bay or with another franchise.
Right now, Love is one of the bigger mysteries in the NFL. If Rodgers moves on in the offseason, the starting job could very well be his in 2023. If Rodgers stays another season, Green Bay could explore trading the former first-round pick.
There are likely numerous teams that would take a shot at him becoming their franchise quarterback, giving him at least one season as the starter. Heading into what would be the fourth season of his career, whoever has Love would have to decide on his fifth-year option as well despite not seeing him on the field much.