A year-plus of speculation is over. Aaron Rodgers is staying in Green Bay, as the four-time league MVP has agreed to a four-year deal that will pay him over $200 million. Rodgers will remain with the Packers despite reports that he was contemplating retirement or joining forces with either the Broncos, Titans or Steelers.
Rodgers is not leaving Green Bay, but another Packers quarterback may very well be. Jordan Love, the team’s first-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, may be jettisoned out of Green Bay sometime between now and the start of the 2022 NFL Draft. Green Bay will never be able recoup what they lost by trading up to draft Love in the first round (when Justin Jefferson was still available), but they can cut their losses now by trading him for something of value.
It’s unclear what the Packers would get for Love in a trade. He’s thrown just 62 regular season passes and failed to lead Green Bay’s offense into the end zone in his only career start, a loss to the Chiefs this past offseason. That being said, Love is a very young player (23) who has had two years learning an NFL offense while sharing a quarterback room with the league’s reigning MVP. Love hasn’t played much, but he certainly hasn’t gotten worse during his time in the NFL. And at 6-foot-4 and 219 pounds, Love has the ideal size that NFL teams want from their quarterback.