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Jordan Love shares honest reaction to Aaron Rodgers’ new contract

Jordan Love throws a pass

Green Bay Packers quarterback Jordan Love (10) looks to throw in the first quarter in the team’s first preseason game against the Houston Texans on Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay.
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The Green Bay Packers drafted Jordan Love as Aaron Rodgers’ heir apparent at quarterback. Now, with Rodgers’ new contract, it is fair to ask what Love’s future holds with the team.

Rodgers signed a new three-year deal with Green Bay in March, and if the veteran sees that deal out, it will cover the entirety of Love’s rookie contract. When asked about that, Love made clear he was very happy for Rodgers, but admitted the deal brought about some mixed emotions.

“I was super happy for Aaron. Obviously, the dude deserves it, what he’s done the last two years,” Love told reporters on Tuesday. “Personally, for me, it just means I’m about to be a backup again for this year. That’s all I can control right now. I was happy for Aaron, but at the same time, it’s like, ‘ah,’ you know?”

Love is definitely a little disappointed, which is understandable. Not only does Rodgers’ return and new deal leave him as a backup for 2022, but it calls into question when Love will get the chance to win the starting job with the Packers, if ever.

The question now is whether the Packers will keep Love or start thinking about trading him. That decision probably won’t be made for at least a year, but it may be in the back of everyone’s mind.

Are Packers now likely to trade Jordan Love?

Jordan Love throws a pass

The Green Bay Packers on Tuesday knocked off the most important item of offseason business when they learned Aaron Rodgers would be returning to the team. Not only is Rodgers returning, but he reportedly plans to sign a 4-year, $200 million deal with the team.

Rodgers has said in the past that he wanted to play his entire career with the Packers and play into his 40s. It looks like he will be able to do both now.

But his return leaves one interesting question for the Packers: what will they do with Jordan Love?

Green Bay traded up to select Love in the 2020 NFL Draft. That decision set off tense relations between Rodgers and the Packers; he was upset that they were already looking to replace him. Not only that, but Rodgers felt the draft pick would have been much better used on a player who could help the team win a Super Bowl rather than sit behind him on the bench.

The pick did have the benefit of spurring Rodgers to play at an MVP level two seasons in a row, but Green Bay fell short of its Super Bowl goals both seasons. All the while, Love has barely played.

Love made one start last season and has passed for 411 yards, 2 touchdowns and 3 interceptions in two seasons. The 23-year-old quarterback is entering the third season of a 4-year, $12.38 million rookie contract with Green Bay. The Packers also have the fifth-year rookie contract option on Love. But even if they exercised the fifth-year option, that would keep him under team control through 2024. Rodgers is now under contract through 2025.

Barring an injury, there isn’t much of a path for Love to play as long as he’s with Green Bay.

Love’s contract is still very reasonable, so Green Bay could easily keep him as their backup. But would Love want to continue on as a backup? He could request a trade. Or, the Packers could decide to deal him now to see what they could get in return for him. This particular draft is weak on quarterbacks, so it might be the best time to trade him.

Longtime Packers reporter Tom Silverstein believes the team has “no choice” but to trade Love.

There are some teams that still are looking for quarterbacks. Plus, there is now one team that just lost a QB and might have some interest.

Photo: Aug 14, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Jordan Love (10) looks to throw against the Houston Texans during their football game Saturday, August 14, 2021, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Mandatory Credit: Dan Powers-USA TODAY Sports

Packers still seem very high on Jordan Love

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The Green Bay Packers used a first-round draft pick on Jordan Love in 2020, but he’s only played in one game for them so far. Aaron Rodgers has won NFL MVP in consecutive years since Love was picked, and as long as Rodgers remains with the team, there is not a spot available for Love to play. But that does not mean the Packers are interested in parting with Love so easily.

Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst spoke with the media on Wednesday. He was asked about potentially fielding trade calls for Love and said he was “very doubtful” that he would take many of those calls.

There could be a couple of explanations for that.

First, the Packers still are unsure whether Rodgers will return to the team next season. They need to have a backup plan in place, and that plan is likely to turn the ball over to Love. Secondly, Gutekunst is unlikely to announce to the world that they are looking to deal one of their players. Lastly, Gutekunst may have just been speaking about the timing, that trade calls don’t really take place at this point in the year.

The biggest issue is as long as the Rodgers situation is unresolved, Love isn’t going anywhere. Green Bay liked Love enough to make him a first-round pick in 2020. They probably still want to see what he can do for them at some point.

Photo: Aug 14, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Jordan Love (10) looks to throw against the Houston Texans during their football game Saturday, August 14, 2021, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Mandatory Credit: Dan Powers-USA TODAY Sports

Packers QBs Jordan Love, Kurt Benkert join in on Aaron Rodgers rumor

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Several current and former Green Bay Packers quarterbacks got in on the Aaron Rodgers rumor fun.

On Friday, Boomer Esiason on his radio show shared the wildest Rodgers rumor yet. The rumor claimed Rodgers would “boycott” the Super Bowl if his Packers made it that far.

Rodgers of course wasted no time shutting down that crazy rumor. But then his teammates got in on it.

First, third-string QB Kurt Benkert joked that they supported Rodgers. Benkert called Rodgers “the jerk,” which is a reference to another Rodgers controversy.

Rodgers responded and jokingly asked if Benkert was the source of the story.

Benkert responded with a photo of notorious traitor Benedict Arnold, leading Rodgers to joke about Jordan Love.

Benkert responded again, joking that Rodgers was threatened by Benkert throwing passes to Randall Cobb.

Then current Packers backup Jordan Love jumped in, sharing a meme of a notorious class snitch from the show “Recess.”

Just when you thought all the fun would be over, Matt Flynn jumped in and joked that he was the leak over the offseason.

Flynn was a Packers backup quarterback for two different stints between 2008-2014.

As you can see, they all were getting a kick out of that rumor.

It’s only unfortunate for Green Bay that this rumor was released now and not later. It’s the sort of story that can help unite a team so they can rally and prove the doubters wrong. Maybe it was planted by someone looking to tick off Rodgers to get him to play his best entering the playoffs.

Photo: Aug 14, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Jordan Love (10) looks to throw against the Houston Texans during their football game Saturday, August 14, 2021, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Mandatory Credit: Dan Powers-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Rodgers unaffected by Jordan Love’s COVID thanks to special rule

Aaron Rodgers after a play

Green Bay Packers quarterback Jordan Love tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, raising speculation about Aaron Rodgers’ status as a potential close contact. As it turns out, there is no reason for concern from Rodgers’ standpoint.

One rule in the NFL’s health protocols ensures that Rodgers will be able to play Sunday regardless of Love’s status. Rodgers is on a testing holiday due to his own recent bout with COVID-19. That means he does not have to isolate or take extra precautions despite his potential status as a close contact.

Rodgers missed the Packers’ Week 9 game against the Kansas City Chiefs due to his own positive test. That sparked a significant public furor over his vaccination status. Vaccination does not play a role in the testing holiday either, however.

The issue of close contacts is one that teams definitely worry about after what happened to the Denver Broncos’ quarterback room in 2020. Rodgers’ testing exemption ensures that the issue will not impact him this week.

Photo: Oct 28, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) reacts against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Video: Davante Adams looked frustrated with Jordan Love

Davante Adams with his head down

Jordan Love proved to be a big dropoff for the Packers from Aaron Rodgers, and nobody was more aware of that fact than Davante Adams.

Adams has been a favorite target of Rodgers for the last several seasons. But with Love playing quarterback during Green Bay’s 13-7 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, Adams’ stats weren’t that great.

Adams had six catches for a season-low 42 yards on 14 targets. It’s not as if Adams wasn’t open, either; it’s just that Love missed him, such as on this potential touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Adams was open and a good throw likely would have resulted in a touchdown. But Love missed Adams badly. Adams could be seen shaking his head afterwards, seemingly in a moment of frustration.

It’s hard to blame Adams for that reaction. He beat his man, but Love couldn’t deliver.

Love, who was making his first career start with Rodgers out due to COVID, did throw a touchdown later in that possession. That touchdown accounted for Green Bay’s only points of the game.

Rodgers was upset when the Packers drafted Love last year instead of filling a need at another position. Based on how Sunday went, Adams probably isn’t happy with the pick either.

Matt LaFleur covers for Jordan Love after Packers loss

Matt LaFleur

Green Bay Packers quarterback Jordan Love struggled in Sunday’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, but coach Matt LaFleur is not pointing a finger at him.

LaFleur put Sunday’s 13-7 loss on himself, suggesting he failed to call the right plays for Love and didn’t give the quarterback a chance to succeed.

LaFleur is understandably covering for his quarterback, who struggled against Kansas City. Love went just 19-for-34 for 190 yards with a touchdown and an interception. When you consider how much the Chiefs have struggled defensively at times this season, that’s particularly bad.

Kansas City often sought to put pressure on Love and it largely worked, as the quarterback never looked comfortable. LaFleur alludes to that by bemoaning his lack of quick playcalls. A few more runs or quick playaction passes may have forced the Chiefs to think twice about blitzing like they did.

LaFleur has other issues to worry about as well. Fortunately for him, Aaron Rodgers should be back next week.

Look: Jordan Love’s mother, girlfriend had terrible seats at QB’s first start

Jordan Love's mother at Arrowhead Stadium

Jordan Love made the first start of his NFL career on Sunday, and his mother and girlfriend were in attendance to watch him play. They may have needed binoculars, but they were there.

Love’s mother, Anna Love, and girlfriend, Ronika Stone, were shown during the first half of the FOX broadcast of Green Bay’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Erin Andrews noted that they were sitting in “the away team’s appointed seats,” which were in the very last row of Arrowhead Stadium.

It may be true that those are the appointed seats for the road team, but was there really nothing the Packers could do? Surely they could have worked some connections to allow Love’s mother to watch her son without getting a nosebleed. Or, perhaps Anna felt more comfortable being seated in the last row in a hostile road environment.

Stone is also a star athlete, as she was a volleyball player at the University of Oregon. She holds several records at the school.

Love was thrust into a starting role this week after Rodgers tested positive for COVID-19. Since he’s unvaccinated, Rodgers must miss a minimum of 10 days. While the reigning NFL MVP says Joe Rogan has helped him recover quickly, it’s possible he could miss next week’s game as well. Hopefully Love’s mother and girlfriend get some better seats if Love starts again.

Jordan Love gets positive news after suffering shoulder injury

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Jordan Love suffered a shoulder injury during Saturday night’s preseason game against the Houston Texans, but fortunately it does not sound like anything serious.

Love underwent an MRI on Sunday morning that came back clean, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.

Love was initially expected to play three quarters in Saturday’s game, but Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said Love “kinda got dinged” on a strip-sack late in the second quarter. Love told reporters he felt good after the game, and there never seemed to be any real concern about the injury.

While Love played less than expected, he still made some impressive throws. There was one in particular on third down in the first quarter that stuck out.

Love completed 12-of-17 passes for 122 yards and a touchdown. While he is not going to start this season if Aaron Rodgers is healthy, he should have plenty of opportunities in a year or two.

Jordan Love had fans buzzing despite subpar first preseason game

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Jordan Love was all the buzz around the NFL on Saturday night.

The Green Bay Packers quarterback started against the Houston Texans in the first week of the preseason. Love began the game slowly, going 3-and-out on his first two possessions. But on his third possession, he drove the Packers 88 yards for a touchdown.

This 3rd-and-9 conversion where Love showed some nice touch over the middle was the highlight of the drive:

That pass plus the touchdown had people chirping.

Everyone has been curious to know how Love could perform considering this is likely to be Aaron Rodgers’ final season with the Packers. Is he ready to take over? How well would the Packers do with him leading the team?

Though the touchdown drive looked good, the rest of the half did not go well for Green Bay’s offense. They turned the ball over on downs, punted, and lost a fumble before packing it in for halftime.

Love’s final numbers looked good: 12/17 for 122 yards and a touchdown. But the deeper stats were less impressive: only one of Love’s possessions resulted in points. Rodgers shouldn’t worry too much about the threat of Love taking his job anytime soon.