Green Bay shocked the world when they used a first-round pick on Love, Utah State’s standout quarterback, in April. Aaron Rodgers responded to the Packers’ investment by posting arguably the best season of his 16-season career.
If the Packers are smart, they’ll do what some suggested in September: give Love the Josh Rosen treatment and trade him in the spring.
Green Bay drafted Jordan Love in April
Standing 6 feet 4 inches and weighing over 210 pounds, Jordan Love had excellent size for a potential NFL quarterback.
Although Love threw 17 interceptions to 20 touchdowns at Utah State in 2019, his potential, talent, and frame propelled him into the 2020 NFL draft’s first round. Surprisingly, it was the Green Bay Packers that invested the 26th overall pick on Love.
Rather than draft a wide receiver who Aaron Rodgers could throw to immediately, the Packers added a quarterback who may not start for several seasons.
Of course, the Packers did the same thing in 2005. Green Bay used a first-round pick on Rodgers, who spent his first three seasons backing up Brett Favre.
Love sat the entire 2020 regular season behind Aaron Rodgers
That same comparison doesn’t hold the same weight now. Rodgers served as Favre’s backup and saw action in three games during the 2005 campaign as a rookie.
Jordan Love played as many snaps this season as the average person reading this story. None. A goose egg. Zero!
Green Bay repeatedly made Love a healthy scratch behind Rodgers and backup Tim Boyle. Speaking of Rodgers, he set career-highs in completion percentage (70.7%) and passing touchdowns (48) while only throwing five interceptions in 526 attempts.
Of Rodgers’ five interceptions, just one came in the Packers’ final six games.
Jordan Love’s future is already over in Green Bay
Aaron Rodgers turned 37 this year, which by NFL quarterback standards is the new 32.
Regression or an injury can strike Rodgers at any time, and the Packers know that possibility exists. But the team has to be concerned about Love’s future if he spent most of the season as a healthy scratch.
Green Bay needs to decide on Jordan Love’s future soon, especially in what will be a busy offseason for the quarterback market. If a team is willing to give the Packers multiple draft picks, including a second-round selection, for Love and his rookie deal, Green Bay needs to make that move.
Teams like the New England Patriots and Washington Football Team can afford to take a risk by trading for Love. Love also makes sense for the Carolina Panthers, who have Teddy Bridgewater under contract for two more seasons.
Barring a playoff nightmare for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, it doesn’t seem unrealistic to think Jordan Love has played his final non-existent snap in Green Bay.