Packers would be wise to roll with Jordan Love in 2023
After years of uncertainty in the offseason, the Green Bay Packers should trade Aaron Rodgers and roll with Jordan Love under center.
It’s time. The Green Bay Packers should move on from Aaron Rodgers and insert Jordan Love into the starting lineup.
At some point, the Packers have to face reality. The sooner the better. General manager Brian Gutekunst watched his charges struggle to an 8-9 record in 2022, with the final game being win-and-in for a postseason spot. Yet the Packers lost to the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field.
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If that’s not a signal to rebuild, nothing is.
Rodgers is due almost $60 million next season. It’s arguable if he’ll be worth the money, but he’s not worth it to Green Bay. The Packers face a cap crunch this offseason and will lose pieces with little financial room to bring in replacements, meaning a youth movement is coming.
Trading Rodgers for draft capital is the wise move. It allows the Packers to add pieces around their fourth-year quarterback, giving Love the best chance to succeed. Running back Aaron Jones believes in Jones, something he spoke about on the Around the NFL Podcast, via NFL.com:
“Us guys in the locker room, we know we control what we can control. Just focus on yourself, get the offseason started and going, and control what you can control. If he’s here, great, we love it. If he’s not, we’ll be sad. We’d lose one of our leaders, one of our great locker room guys. It’s hard to replace somebody like that. But I think if that was to happen, Jordan is definitely ready.”
For Gutekunst, moving on from Rodgers to give Love a chance also makes sense from a practical perspective. Rodgers is still a great option but at 39 years old, he’s more valuable to a potential contender. Meanwhile, Love is entering the fourth year of his rookie deal, with only a fifth-year option remaining on his pact. Green Bay must find out what it has in Love to make a decision.
The Packers have known nothing but first-ballot, Hall of Fame quarterbacks since 1992. It’s time to move on, move forward and see if they can find another star in Love.