Will Jordan Love selection spur on Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay?

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Updated: May 29, 2020

Will Love Selection Spur Rodgers in GB?

Will Jordan Love selection spur on Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay?

The Green Bay Packers dropped a huge hint over the future of quarterback Aaron Rodgers by picking Jordan Love in the 2020 Draft. The 36-year-old has been outstanding during his 12-year run as the starting quarterback, inheriting the position in difficult circumstances from Hall of Famer Brett Favre. He ensured that the Packers would remain one of the NFL’s most competitive teams, bringing another Vince Lombardi Trophy back to the Titletown with their triumph in the 2010 season.

However, Rodgers and the Packers have been frustrated in their bid to add further crowns to their name over the last decade. They’ve endured agonising losses in the playoffs, including three defeats in the NFC Championship Game – none more painful that their demise at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks in the 2014 campaign.

Matt LaFleur was hired to replace Mike McCarthy after the franchise stagnated in the 2017 and 2018 seasons. LaFleur enjoyed an excellent opening term, winning the NFC North with a 13-3 record, while advancing to the NFC Championship Game to take on the San Francisco 49ers. At Levi’s Stadium, the Packers were overwhelmed by Kyle Shanahan’s side, slumping to a 37-20 defeat that was not as close as the scoreline suggested. A lack of offensive talent outside of Rodgers, Davante Adams and Aaron Jones was a highlighted issue that the Packers needed to correct for another assault on the NFC in the 2020 campaign. The hierarchy had other ideas…

Stunning selection

Many predicted that the Packers would use their first-round pick in the 2020 Draft on an offensive player. When they moved up to the 26th selection in a trade with the Miami Dolphins it appeared they were targeting a player to complement Rodgers alongside Adams and Jones in their offense. General manager Brian Gutekunst stunned the league and every fan and pundit spectating the selection process by using their first-round pick on quarterback Jordan Love. Love was touted to be taken within the opening 32 picks, but the Packers were seemingly low on a list of teams that would require his services with Rodgers still in the prime of his career.