The Green Bay Packers answered their quarterback position this offseason when they were able to agree to an extension with Aaron Rodgers. The deal should keep him in the green and gold through the end of his Hall of Fame career.
Retaining Rodgers was important if the team wanted any chance at competing for a Super Bowl in the near future. The loss of Davante Adams will be a difficult one to overcome, but finding a Super Bowl-caliber quarterback is a lot more difficult than finding a productive wide receiver.
It is a luxury that Green Bay has had for decades, as they went from Brett Favre to Rodgers as their starter. In the 2020 NFL Draft, they thought they had Rodgers’ successor in Jordan Love as well. But at this point, no one is sure what will happen with Love.
Trading up and selecting a quarterback was part of the reason that the relationship between Rodgers and the organization got so rocky. It must have motivated him to continue playing at a high level, as he has won back-to-back MVP awards since the selection was made.
Now, the question is, what will the Packers do with the Nevada product? As long as Rodgers is under center, Love will not see the field outside of preseason games and mop-up duty. Entering his third year in the NFL, no one really knows what the Packers have in Love.
They don’t know either, but his future with the team is up in the air according to general manager Brian Gutekunst. He was recently asked about Love’s situation with the team, saying, “I think his future is bright. As far as his future with us, we’ll kind of see how that goes.”
That certainly isn’t a ringing endorsement, but likely all that Gutekunst genuinely has to offer. Love isn’t a threat to taking the starting job away from Rodgers, but the team is obviously high enough on his skill set that they used a first-round pick on him a few years ago.
No one knows how long Rodgers will play for, but it wouldn’t be shocking if he remained in the NFL through Love’s rookie contract. That would put the Packers in a tough spot, but for now, he looks to be the team’s backup quarterback.
An organization looking for a long-term answer at the position, such as the Carolina Panthers or possibly the Seattle Seahawks, should take a shot on the former first-round pick to see what he can offer under center.