Though speculation was rampant, Aaron Rodgers did not retire or leave his team.
Instead, he signed a mammoth contract to stay with the Green Bay Packers in 2022.
Initial reports of the contract had it at 4 years and $200 million but Rogers himself came out on Twitter to correct the record on that.
The #Packers and MVP QB Aaron Rodgers have agreed to terms on a 4-year, $200M deal that makes him the highest paid player in NFL history, sources say. He gets a whopping $153M guaranteed and his cap number goes down. A monstrous commitment by GB for years to come. 💰 💰 💰
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 8, 2022
Hey everyone, just wanted to clear some things up; YES I will be playing with the @packers next year, however, reports about me signing a contract are inaccurate, as are the supposed terms of the contract I “signed”. I’m very excited to be back 💪🏼 #year18❤️
— Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) March 8, 2022
So without knowing the exact length or dollar figure of the contract, it is still safe to say this development does not bode well for Jordan Love.
Love-Less In Green Bay
Let’s assume that Rodgers who will turn 39 in December plays at least two more seasons.
And now Jordan Love's reality in Green Bay shapes up a lot like Jimmy Garoppolo's did in New England—the all-timer in front of him is simply going to run the clock out on the chance he has to start for the team that drafted him.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 8, 2022
That means Love is sitting on the bench making approximately $3 million per year.
The Packers do not believe they can win with Love, or they would not have thrown massive dollars at Rodgers to keep him in Green Bay.
If Jordan Love showed any inclination of being a legit franchise QB this would not have happened
— Ryan (@datboywolf) March 8, 2022
He also does not want to follow the Rodgers retirement tour so all bets are that the Packers will shop him around at least for some draft picks.
Where Could Love Go?
There are plenty of teams that need starting quarterbacks.
The Packers should try to trade Jordan Love before the NFL Draft:
* Stock will only go down the less he plays
* Weak QB class means he has more value than post-draft
— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) March 8, 2022
Could Love end up in Seattle and immersed in a quarterback competition with Drew Lock for the QB1 job?
No one knows what the Saints might do with Sean Payton gone, and Washington is definitely in the market for a quarterback, but it is unclear how they are planning to get one.
Then, there are the teams dealing with retirements of future Hall of Famers, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Could one of those Super Bowl Champion coaches, Mike Tomlin or Bruce Arians, take a chance on Love?
What If He Stays?
There is always the possibility that Love stays in Green Bay.
They need some type of insurance should Rogers get hurt.
The team traded up to get him in the 2020 NFL Draft, a move that now looks foolish given everything that has happened since.
PSA: The drafting of Jordan Love can only be viewed through the lens of the fact at the time. Not even Aaron Rodgers biggest supporters could have seen him being back to back MVP after 2017-18.
— Big B (@bigpackers4x) March 8, 2022
Another possibility is that he could be traded in the preseason as training camp commences.
If a team is not planning to offer draft picks, the Packers have no sense of urgency to move him.
The Packers retaining Rodgers and Davante Adams, via franchise tag, means one thing.
The #Packers have now officially franchise tagged WR Davante Adams, source said.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 8, 2022
They believe they can win now so the benefits outweigh the costs of keeping these two star players.
If the Packers fail to win the NFC Championship during the 2022 season, expect the talk to begin yet again about what Rodgers will do in 2023.
We know the answer for now, but in a year, we could be back here again, for the third straight time with Rodgers and Green Bay.NEXT: The Jordan Love Selection Looks Even Worse Now