While Aaron Rodgers gets to R-E-L-A-X on the sidelines, Love gets his chance to prove himself.
However, his preseason performance has been a mixed bag.
So with the preseason coming to a close, what is Love’s value in a market where a team might need a QB?
Preseason Performance Might Tank Any Trade Value
Love’s preseason hasn’t been one to help his trade value.
His first preseason game saw him throwing three interceptions.
Jordan Love throws his 3rd INT of the night, including 2 to Samuel Womack
— NFL on CBS 🏈 (@NFLonCBS) August 13, 2022
However, he would end the game with two touchdown passes.
Despite the poor performance, Matt LaFleur had a positive outlook on Love.
He believes the young quarterback is ” light years ahead” over his placement from last season.
#Packers HC Matt LaFleur said Jordan Love is "light years ahead" of where he was last year.
QUESTION: How do *you* feel about Love right now? Has he changed your opinion this offseason? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/7RQDHUwHvm
— The Fan 107.5 (@WDUZ) August 22, 2022
But that feeling doesn’t mean other teams might feel the same with the young QB.
With him going 25-48 for 289 yards in two games, it’s showing other teams he’s not getting completions.
However, with Green Bay having a nearly all new receiver corps, there will be issues with completions.
But is that what Love is experiencing, or is he tanking his own chances at a trade?
Love’s Preseason Performance Isn’t All On Him
Some of those incomplete passes during the preseason came from receivers dropping passes.
Matt LaFleur on Jordan Love: “I see a much more decisive player. I think that’s going to lead to a much more effective player.”
LaFleur lamented the drops again, especially Samori Toure’s deep one.
“That ball has to be caught,” LaFleur said. pic.twitter.com/32rTMwU94U
— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) August 20, 2022
With LaFleur clearly seeing this as Love’s problem with his completion percentage, it doesn’t put all the blame on him.
However, that first preseason game was his worst outing with the Packers.
But his improvements in his second game might give him a better value in the trade market.
While a better performance might help him land another team, it’s on the Packers to trade him.
With Rodgers having a long-term deal in Green Bay, does it mean Love could go to another team?
Packers Seem To Have No Interest In Trading Love
While there could be a trade market for Love, the Packers aren’t showing an interest in trading him.
They know they need someone in case Rodgers goes down with an injury.
If they don’t keep Love, they have no one else to turn to if they lose Rodgers.
With them knowing this, and the young QB being a value as a backup, they will keep him.
However, building up his value is good for the team if they want to move on from him later.
But as for now, Green Bay is sticking with him in 2022.
While a trade isn’t likely in 2022, Love could play for another team after his contract expires.
If the Packers pick up his fifth-year option in 2024, it means he’ll have to wait until 2025 for a new team.
That means he has three years to build up his stock with teams.
However, that stock is in the hands of the surrounding players.
If his receivers can’t catch passes, it can easily hurt his stock.
With the Packers without their best receiver, it could be difficult for Love to improve his stock with the new Packers receivers.