Former NFL QB Says NFL Draft Will Indicate Packers’ Plans for Aaron Rodgers

Published 04/01/2021, 3:32 PM EDT
Jan 3, 2021; Chicago, IL, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) passes against the Chicago Bears during their football game Sunday, January 3, 2021, at Soldier Field in Chicago, Ill. Mandatory Credit: Dan Powers-USA TODAY NETWORK


Aaron Rodgers had a fantastic season last year. He led the Green Bay Packers to the best record in the NFC. Furthermore, his performances were crucial for the Packers’ run to the NFC Championship game.

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However, he fell to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in yet another NFC Championship game loss. Could that game have been the start of the end for Rodgers’ time in Wisconsin?

Former NFL quarterback Dan Orlovsky recently spoke about Aaron Rodgers. He noted that his future with the Packers will become clear on night one of the NFL Draft.

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If they don’t draft a wide receiver, a position they haven’t strengthened through the draft in years, then it means that they are not looking at increasing the championship window of Aaron Rodgers.

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

“We will know 30 days from today exactly what the Green Bay Packers’ thoughts are when it comes to Aaron Rodgers long term – the first night of the draft.

“Because what you’ve done recently when it comes to your draft picks does not tell me that you think Aaron Rodgers is going to be there long term.” 

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Furthermore, Orlovsky opined that the franchise, despite what they may say, are not working on Rodgers’ timeline. Their lack of draft picks at the wide receiver position has told the story for the past few years.

While last year they chose to bring the quarterback of the future, this year they should get a front-seven player if they want to capitalize on Rodgers’ championship window.

“Does not tell me that you think Rodgers is going to be a part of our organization for more than one year – you know why? Not a single wide receiver. We know last year you chose the future.

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“If they don’t take a wide receiver, or if they don’t move up and make a selection of an impactful front seven-player, you’re telling me everything I need to know.

“You could say it as much as you want, you’re telling me ‘we’re going to start building for the future, and this isn’t our all-in year’.”

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Will the Packers bring in a complementary piece for Aaron Rodgers from the draft? As of now, the franchise has not hinted at any such plans. But all that is subject to change soon enough.

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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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