Might the Signing of Blake Bortles Be the Death Knell for Aaron Rodgers’ Time at Green Bay?

Published 05/13/2021, 12:24 AM EDT
Sep 20, 2020; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) talks with head coach Matt LaFleur during the third quarter of the game against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports


The Green Bay Packers have a quarterback issue. With franchise QB Aaron Rodgers apparently wanting out of Green Bay, the team finds themselves in an uncomfortable spot.

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The 2020 league MVP enjoyed a renaissance of sorts in last season’s campaign. While the side lost another NFC title game last season, it seems like Rodgers’ unhappiness lies with how the Packers front office has handled things over the past year. 

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Starting with the draft of rookie QB Jordan Love in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, to not reworking Rodgers’ own contract over the offseason, many feel Rodgers’ vexation is valid.

But instead of working on a solution, the Packers are only fanning the flames.

Another QB to play backup to Aaron Rodgers?   

Just when one thought that the Aaron Rodgers saga couldn’t get any more complicated, there has been a fresh turn of events. Packers fans had been praying for some news from their quarterback room. But the news they got wasn’t the one they were expecting. 

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As per sources, the Green Bay Packers have signed veteran QB Blake Bortles to a one-year contract. Bortles has played for franchises like the Denver Broncos, LA Rams, and Jacksonville Jaguars in the past.  

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

A former first-round pick, Bortles’ last start came back in 2018 with the Jaguars. But the 29-year-old’s arrival only shrouds Rodgers’ future in further doubt. 

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The Packers have maintained that Rodgers will be their QB1 heading into the new season. Thus, one expects Love to take on the role of backup like he did last season. 

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But the signing of Bortles could change that. Many feel that Aaron Rodgers will not play for the Packers ever again. And if that is the case, then the franchise will be forced to start Jordan Love. And in that scenario, one can see Bortles as the side’s backup. 

Rarely does a franchise have three quarterbacks with starting-caliber on its roster. The Packers now find themselves in that position. But if one is to make any sense of this new deal, it looks like the Packers might soon be down to two quarterbacks come next season.  

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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