Former NFL Player Explains What Options the Packers Have if Aaron Rodgers Doesn’t Return

Published 05/17/2021, 2:32 PM EDT
Jan 16, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) looks to pass in the first quarter during the game against the Los Angeles Rams at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports


Aaron Rodgers is yet to make a statement about his future. The Green Bay Packers quarterback made waves in the NFL world when news emerged that he wanted to leave the Packers.

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His relationship with the franchise has been strained for quite some time now. And it appears the Packers using their draft pick to select Jordan Love, his replacement quarterback, was the final straw.

Former NFL player Marcus Spears spoke on ESPN about Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. He believes that the Packers should explore their options right now.

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If Rodgers doesn’t return, they may not find it easy to play Jordan Love as starting quarterback. However, someone like Blake Bortles, who has experience of being a quarterback in the NFL, can offer a temporary solution to the Packers.

Jan 24, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) throws a pass against Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett (58) during the third quarter in the NFC Championship Game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
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“Look, by no means am I saying Blake Bortles or Benkert is the answer in Green Bay. But they could be a stop-gap if you drafted a guy that disgruntled your Hall of Famer and he doesn’t show that he is ready to take control or play within this offense.

“At least Blake Bortles has snaps in the NFL. This is a dire situation for the Green Bay Packers.” 

Aaron Rodgers not returning to Green Bay?

Spears added that the Packers should be worried about Rodgers. He doesn’t believe that Rodgers will wear a Green Bay Packers jersey ever again.

However, in that scenario, their greater concern will be Jordan Love. Can he take over for Aaron Rodgers in the long run? There will be a lot of questions surrounding Rodgers’ future, and Jordan Love’s potential to replace him next season.

“Y’all know how I feel, I don’t think Aaron Rodgers is going to play for the Green Bay Packers anymore. But it could be more about Jordan Love and what they’ve seen from as far as bringing these guys in as opposed to the thought process of losing Aaron Rodgers because I think that’s a forgone conclusion.” 

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Can the Green Bay Packers convince Aaron Rodgers to return next season? They have their work cut out for them so far. And Rodgers remains adamant about not changing his stance.

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But if the Packers can change his mind, then they will have to be careful with him going forward.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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