The Green Bay Packers could look to trade a quarterback before the season. That quarterback is not Aaron Rodgers, who is staying in Green Bay. While the 38-year-old contested the reported contract, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said he signed a four-year contract worth $200 million.
It’s safe to say Jordan Love isn’t going to get his chance with the Packers anytime soon. Since the 23-year-old is no longer an imminent heir apparent, he’ll likely replace Rodgers on the hot stove. According to Senior Bowl’s Matt Nagy, NFL scouts believe the Packers could attain a second-round pick for Love.
Green Bay selected Love with the 26th pick of the 2020 NFL Draft with hopes of him taking the mantle from Rodgers the way the current starter seamlessly replaced Brett Favre. Instead, Love watched as Rodgers posted back-to-back MVP campaigns before signing a long-term extension.
A second-rounder is a downgrade considering the Packers traded up four spots to get Love two years ago. However, given how quickly a player’s stock can fall, it’s still a solid return for a toolsy, but unproven prospect who’s made one start in two seasons.
Love is an intriguing high-upside gambit for teams seeking a franchise quarterback. The lack of high-end passing prospects in this year’s draft class could also strengthen his trade market. Will Love finally get his chance to escape Rodgers’ shadow and compete for a starting job?