Packers GM Praises Jordan Love But Maintains Aaron Rodgers is Starting Quarterback

Published 05/10/2021, 2:52 PM EDT
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


The Green Bay Packers have a decision on their hands. Aaron Rodgers has made it clear to them that he wants to leave. The reigning league MVP feels disrespected and undervalued by the franchise. However, they remain adamant about retaining the star QB.

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Rodgers doesn’t think he has a future with the Green Bay Packers, but the franchise sees it much differently, despite them liking backup quarterback Jordan Love.

Green Bay Packers’ General Manager Brian Gutekunst spoke to The Athletic about the franchise’s plans going forward. He spoke about Jordan Love, noting that he was still a major work in progress, but the franchise was impressed with the way he seems to be developing so far.

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They have full faith in Jordan and certainly see him as the future face of the franchise. But right now, they think he needs to soak everything he can from his mentors.

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
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“He’s got a long way to go. But we’re ecstatic for his development…Obviously, we think the world of Jordan and where he’s going to grow and develop.

“I think it’s pretty early to be able to tell you that because obviously with no preseason games last year and just kind of the no-spring, but we have a lot of confidence in his talents, in his work ethic, and where he’s going to go. But it’s a little early for that.”

Aaron Rodgers ready to leave Green Bay

Gutekunst’s comments about Love indicate that the Packers still see him as the second quarterback for the team. And they are still planning their team around Aaron Rodgers.

However, just because the Green Bay Packers want to keep him doesn’t mean that Rodgers will be convinced to return to the franchise.

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Jan 16, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) runs in for a touchdown during the first half of a NFC Divisional Round playoff game against the Los Angeles Rams at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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Will Aaron Rodgers stick around with the Green Bay Packers? Both sides are sticking to their guns about next season. There doesn’t seem to be any middle ground so far.

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Some fans have speculated that Rodgers could decide that he doesn’t want to play football anymore, that is if the Green Bay Packers don’t allow him to leave and play somewhere else.

For the Packers, they need to decide what they want to do, or they run the risk of losing Packers for free.

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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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