There hasn’t been a whole lot of movement on the drama between the Green Bay Packers and quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The team and quarterback still appear to be in breakup mode. The latest move, reported by The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, won’t make many Packers fans rest easy.
Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay Packers haven’t made any progress
Ever since ESPN’s Adam Schefter broke the news on draft day that Rodgers no longer wanted to play for the Packers, it’s been all drama in Green Bay. While Rodgers hasn’t spoken publicly on the matter, it’s pretty clear his relationship with the team is not looking good. While Rodgers reportedly wants out, the Packers have said they have no plans to trade him.
The odds of Rodgers returning to play in Green Bay this season vary depending on the source. Rob Demovsky, a reporter who covers the team, recently said he thought there was no better than a 5% chance he’s around to take the snaps from center at Lambeau Field. Rodgers’ friend and former teammate, John Kuhn, has said he would put Rodgers returning at 70-75%.
There have been reports that the quarterback has a list of three teams on his wish list. The Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers, and Las Vegas Raiders were the three teams mentioned he’d love to be traded to. Since the Schefter report, there has been no sign of the two sides making any progress toward a resolution.
Latest report won’t have Packers fans feeling too secure
So what happens if Rodgers doesn’t return to the team this year? Do the Packers turn to Jordan Love, the guy they drafted to start all this drama? The team traded up in the first round to grab Love, an athletic quarterback out of Utah State.
Love never saw the field last year as Rodgers claimed his third MVP. He wasn’t even the second-string quarterback. The Packers, however, thought enough of him to trade up in Round 1. Maybe they could bite the bullet for a year and throw him in and chalk up 2021 to a season of learning. They could also turn to a veteran, a move that apparently is in the works.
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has reported the team has agreed to sign veteran Blake Bortles. The Journal-Sentinel reported that Bortles is likely to visit the Packers. CBS Sports stated that “an agreement has already come together in advance of the visit.”
Blake Bortles won’t get many Packers fans hyped up
Blake Bortles has a 24-49 record as a starting quarterback in the NFL. What may even be worse than that is the fact he hasn’t started a game in the league since 2018. Bortles was the third overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft, selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Bortles completed one pass as a member of the 2019 Los Angeles Rams. He spent some time with the Denver Broncos in 2020 but never threw a pass. The Journal-Sentinel did report that the Bortles signing wouldn’t have anything to do with the Rodgers situation. Packers GM Brian Gutekunst has expressed his desire to add another quarterback to the mix before OTAs begin.
Whether the Bortles move is related to the Rodgers move or not remains to be seen. Bringing Bortles on board in any case can’t make Packers fans feel good about their quarterback situation.