The Green Bay Packers are a team in limbo in the 2023 NFL offseason as it pertains to the quarterback position. For the fourth straight offseason, questions have risen about Aaron Rodgers‘ future with the organization as the Packers used a first-round pick in 2020 on Jordan Love, and Rodgers’ status has seemingly been year-to-year ever since.
In the 2023 offseason, it really just feels like something is finally going to happen. Like the Packers have finally decided, internally, to move on from Rodgers and move forward with Jordan Love. As if the general manager is going to say anything else to the public, Packers GM Brian Gutekunst told the media at the NFL Scouting Combine that the team feels Love is ready to be a starting QB in the league.
Packers GM Brian Gutekunst says Jordan Love is ready
At this point, could you really even blame the Packers for being ready to move on from Aaron Rodgers? It’s so odd how much his career has paralleled that of Brett Favre as time has progressed. Heck, Rodgers might even end up getting traded to the Jets just like Favre once did.
At the end of Favre’s career, many will remember, his offseason antics were a total distraction and by the time the Packers moved on to Aaron Rodgers, I don’t know that anyone was not ready for it. It was time to move on, and it’s time to move on now. Rodgers coming back to Green Bay feels like a freshman in high school going back to 5th grade for a year. Weren’t you supposed to be out of here years ago?
Whether or not Rodgers returns to the Packers in 2023, the issue of his contract is something that’s going to need to be worked out. If there’s a will, there’s a way when it comes to some team acquiring Rodgers, but the Packers could have gotten way better value two years ago when these rumors initially started popping up than they’ll be able to today.
Rodgers has a massive contract that will need to be re-worked. He is 39 this year and will be 40 in December. As much uncertainty as there has been around Rodgers regarding where he will play, there’s also been a question of if he will still play. Seems like retirement is a legitimate option for him.
There’s also the issue of Rodgers marching to the beat of his own drum. The Packers know how Rodgers operates and even if he’s a “complicated fella”, he’s been their complicated fella. That’s probably why trading Rodgers to a team like the Jets could make a ton of sense. Nathaniel Hackett being their offensive coordinator gives them an edge of having someone who understands after years of experience how Rodgers ticks.
Plus, Rodgers loves Hackett. The other option could be in Tennessee where Justin Outten is on the offensive staff.
At any rate, it seems likely the Packers are ready in to move on from Jordan Love. We’ll see how it makes sense for all parties to move forward in the coming weeks.