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Is Jordan Love the Green Bay Packers quarterback in 2023?
Aaron Rodgers still trying to figure out what he wants to do? Retire, return or request a trade.
Rodgers met with the Jets in California on Tuesday so the sides could get to know each other and see if there is a fit.
And while you’re on ESPN Get upNFL insider Adam Schefter had an interesting nugget.
“It’s increasingly likely, and it looks like Jordan Love is going to be the quarterback for the Packers in 2023,” Schefter said.
Bears fans will certainly welcome the end of the Rodgers era in Green Bay
But it all comes down to Rodgers deciding what he wants to do. And the “getting to know you” meeting with the Jets potentially opens a path out of Green Bay in addition to retirement.
“I think the most likely options for our Rodgers at this point is that number one decides he wants to play for the New York Jets, in which case he’ll go to the Green Bay Packers and say, ‘I’d like to be traded to New York Jets,” Schefter said.
“He could still retire. There was a mindset this week, as late as this week, that there was still a primary consideration on the table. So I’m sure part of yesterday’s conversations was to explain what it would be like in New York so that Aaron Rodgers would not retire.
“And of all the options he’s now considering, he could always go back to Green Bay.”
Because Rodgers is still under contract with the Packers, the Jets needed the Packers’ permission to talk to the four-time NFL MVP. His contract status also means a trade would be necessary to facilitate a move to New York.
Rodgers signed an extension in March 2022 that pays him $150-plus million over three years. He would cost the Packers over $40 million in dead cap in 2023 if traded.
He has spent all 18 of his NFL seasons with the Packers, picking up 10 Pro Bowl nods and a Super Bowl XLV title to go along with his four regular season MVPs.
Rodgers would be a huge acquisition for the QB-needy Jets. The team took Zach Wilson second overall in the 2021 NFL Draft, and while general manager Joe Douglas said the organization still feels Wilson has a “very high ceiling,” it’s still highly unlikely he’ll get the chance to prove it again as the QB1 in New York.
The Jets were reportedly in the mix for Derek Carr, but the former Las Vegas Raiders signal caller ultimately decided to sign with the New Orleans Saints.
For the Packers, a Rodgers trade would give them more assets to build around Jordan Love. The 2020 first-rounder has made just one start in his NFL career, but GM Brian Gutekunst said he believes Love is “ready” to start.
This offseason saga has already included a dark retreat for Rodgers. But with free agency on the horizon, there’s still no light at the end of the tunnel just yet.
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