Green Bay Packers should showcase, trade Jordan Love
Over the next two weeks, the Green Bay Packers should showcase quarterback Jordan Love and then trade him if there’s any interest.
The only meaningful topic for the Green Bay Packers over the remainder of the preseason? Jordan Love.
Love, who played a majority of the snaps on Friday night in a 28-21 loss to the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium, had an uneven night. He completed 13-of-24 passes for 176 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. Still, despite the trio of turnovers, Packers head coach Matt LaFleur was fine with Love’s showing, per ESPN:
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“I think two of those you can totally take off him. The third one, again, we had two busted routes because the ball really shouldn’t have gone there on that play, but he had nowhere else to go with the football, and he forced it in there and the defender made a good play.
“We’ve just got to clean up everything around him. We say it all the time about quarterbacks, they’re going to get too much credit when we do well and they’re going to get a lot of the blame when we don’t, and that’s just the reality of playing that position in this league. But I was pleased with Jordan’s performance.”
Entering his third season both in the NFL and as a backup to Aaron Rodgers, Love’s time in Green Bay appears to be waning. Barring a complete shock, Love will go through the 2022 campaign sitting on the bench save for spot duty and at season’s end, general manager Brian Gutekunst will need to make a decision on Love’s fifth-year option. Frankly, it doesn’t appear a tough call.
With this in mind, Gutekunst should be trying to move Love if there’s even a modicum of interest from another team in acquiring the former first-round choice.
In Green Bay, the Packers have Rodgers locked up for the foreseeable future after he was given a contract extension this offseason. Although the reigning two-time MVP is 38 years old, he’s playing at an elite level. Therefore Love’s value is sitting on the sidelines, likely through his rookie deal.
If the Packers can prove Love is a better player than the one we saw flounder against the Kansas City Chiefs in his only start last year, maybe they can recoup something from what appears to be a first-round pick that won’t work out in Titletown.