The Green Bay Packers made it clear with their actions that Aaron Rodgers has a successor waiting behind him in Jordan Love.
Rodgers spoke to the media on Friday for the first time since the draft as he shared his thoughts on the pick. His response was surprise by Love’s pick, but understood why they team made the move.
“I think it was more the surprise of the pick, based on my own feelings of wanting to play into my 40s, and really the realization that it does change the controllables a little bit,” Rodgers said on his conference call. “Because as much as I feel confident in my abilities and what I can accomplish and what we can accomplish, there are some new factors that are out of my control. And so my sincere desire to start and finish with the same organization, just as it has with many other players over the years, may not be a reality at this point.
“And as much as I understand the organization’s future outlook and wanting to make sure they’re thinking about the team now and down the line, and I respect that, at the same time, I still believe in myself and have a strong desire to play into my 40s. And I’m just not sure how that all works together at this point.”
Rodgers also made comments about his future with the franchise and if he could play for another team before retirement.
“You know, if I were to retire in the organization’s timetable, then it’s an easy decision,” Rodgers said. “But if there comes a time where I feel like I can still play at a high level and my body feels great, you know, then there’s other guys that have gone on and played elsewhere.”
Breaking Down Rodgers’ Comments
Rodgers said all the right things while revealing his true feelings as well. Publicly, he did exactly what he was supposed to do in supporting the franchise on their draft pick. He knows the Packers are the type of franchise to always be thinking ahead in their future. They did the same thing with Brett Farve when Rodgers was picked.
The surprise that Rodgers felt was the same feeling most Packers and football fans had. To trade up in the first round to pick a quarterback shows the franchise is behind Love starting in the future. Green Bay had a chance to help Rodgers with adding a receiver in the passing game, but never drafted one. That move itself is the bigger surprise than the Love pick.
With Rodgers still playing at a high level, it would be no surprise to see him play longer than his current contract. Rodgers signed a $134 million contract extension with Green Bay back on August of 2018. His signing keeps him with the Packers for four more seasons. Rodgers mentioned in the press conference he plans on playing past his extension. Green Bay might not have the same intentions.
Should The Packers Move on From Rodgers After Contract Expires?
It seems hard to believe seeing Rodgers in another uniform other than the Packers’ ever. After reported issues with former coach Mike McCarthy and the latest draft move, it’s not so crazy anymore. Unless Green Bay plans on trading Love in the future, Rodgers appears to be thinking about a new team in four years. Does it make sense for the team?
Replacing a future hall of famer is never an easy task or decision. Right now, it may not appear to be the best decision with how good Rodgers has been playing. The Packers are still routinely making playoff appearances with Rodgers appearing in nine postseasons. Rodgers has proven to be the key factor in the team being successful.
The Packers hoping Love becomes Patrick Mahomes 2.0, but they don’t realize what they have right now. Their offensive scheme seems to have changed with the running game being number one before passing. This shows with them not drafting a receiver. Rodgers is still special with his football IQ and arm skills.
Sticking with Rodgers gives the Packers the best chance to win now. Unfortunately for Rodgers, he might be facing a similar fate with Tom Brady and Farve. He’ll have to find a new home in his 40’s. Good news for Rodgers, he’ll have no problem securing a starting job elsewhere.