Quarterbacks have been changing hands all throughout the NFL this offseason, headlined by Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos and, most recently, Deshaun Watson to the Cleveland Browns. There was some speculation at the beginning of the offseason that the Green Bay Packers would get in on the trade frenzy by dealing Aaron Rodgers.
But what of Jordan Love? He’s the only other quarterback the Pack have taken in the first round since they drafted Rodgers in 2004.
Sure, the Packers need to do the right thing and let Love try to flourish somewhere else, but there is a more self-serving reason they should trade away the former Utah State quarterback, and it has to do with the 2022 NFL Draft.
There has got to be a trade market for Jordan Love
Sure, he’s been underwhelming the few times he has actually seen the field, but Love has also shown hints of why he was a first-round quarterback and what the Packers actually saw in him.
He’s highly athletic. He’s got a live arm, and if he could put it all together, there’s no reason to think he can’t be a successful NFL quarterback.
No, the Packers will never be able to get their investment back with Love, but with so many quarterback-hungry teams out there right now, couldn’t Green Bay at least get a second- or third-round pick off his potential alone?
As of now, multiple teams still need a quarterback.
The Indianapolis Colts, who just traded Carson Wentz to the Washington Commanders, immediately come to mind.
There’s some talk that they may be a destination for Baker Mayfield, who’s destined to be traded by the Browns. If the Colts are desperate enough to take Mayfield, though, Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst should give them a call and pitch them a far less desperate situation.
The Houston Texans are another team in need of hope at quarterback now that they’ve traded Watson to Cleveland.
Throw a dart at a board. Outside of 10 to 15 playoff-bound squads, most teams in the NFL are looking for “the guy” under center.
Why not give Love a chance?
The Green Bay Packers can dominate the 2022 NFL Draft
The Packers are in a somewhat unfamiliar position, and credit Gutekunst for getting them there. The Davante Adams trade hurt because that was Green Bay sending away arguably its best player. Sure Rodgers is a four-time MVP, but where would he have been these past few seasons without his favorite target?
The logic behind trading away a dominant player like Adams is that you get exciting assets in return. That’s exactly what Gutekunst got from the Las Vegas Raiders, who gave him their first- and second-round picks in the upcoming draft.
As of now, the Packer have two first-rounders, two second-rounders, and pick No. 92 in the third round. For those not keeping score, that’s five picks in the first 100 of this year’s draft, and it’s not like this is a team in need of a severe rebuild anyway.
These are exciting times for the Packers.
Gutekunst has an opportunity to potentially draft five impact players and eventual starters, and he still has a team coming back that features a potentially elite defense and the back-to-back NFL MVP at quarterback.
Here’s where trading Love comes in, though.
Imagine if Gutekunst only gets a third-round pick in return for the 2020 first-round quarterback.
Even just that underwhelming return would give the Packers six chances in the first 105 selections. Imagine all the possibilities at their fingertips, including packaging some of those picks together to move up in round one to grab a potential superstar.
There’s already a ton on the table for Green Bay. Trading Love could give the Packers even more to work with.
The Packers aren’t too prideful to trade Love
It would be one thing if the Packers drafted Love and forced him into the lineup. Admittedly, it seemed as if they were trying to push Rodgers out at first, but his two straight MVP seasons have certainly changed the tone in Green Bay.
His new contract is proof positive of that, as is the fact that Rodgers has spoken glowingly of Gutekunst and the front office as of late.
The Packers clearly haven’t been above admitting they were wrong and could do things better regarding their relationship with their players, and specifically their relationship with the MVP quarterback. The calculus has clearly changed in Green Bay since the fateful pick of Love, and it all goes in favor of Rodgers, once again.
Love is now totally expendable. At least outwardly, it appears as if the Packers would not be too prideful to admit that they shouldn’t have traded up to pick him. Following that logic, they’re also not stubborn enough to stash Love away as the backup quarterback, hoping he’ll eventually prove the front office right for taking a shot on him.
The Packers believe their Super Bowl window is still open, and they’ve been clear that the critical piece of the puzzle wears No. 12 and not No. 10.
With that in mind, trading Love is the only option that makes sense, especially if Gutekunst can get a 2022 draft pick in return.