It doesn’t sound like this Love story is going to have a happy ending. Retired Packers quarterback Brett Favre — who was usurped by Aaron Rodgers in 2008 — thinks the dynamic created by drafting 21-year-old Jordan Love is a powder keg, bound to “rear its ugly head.” “I just think that Green Bay isn’t …
It doesn’t sound like this Love story is going to have a happy ending.
Retired Packers quarterback Brett Favre — who was usurped by Aaron Rodgers in 2008 — thinks the dynamic created by drafting 21-year-old Jordan Love is a powder keg, bound to “rear its ugly head.”
“I just think that Green Bay isn’t going anywhere without Aaron Rodgers in the next few years,” Favre said. “I would do all I could to not burn that bridge and I don’t think that they did that. I think that they burned a bridge that’s going to be hard to overcome. At some point, I think it will rear its ugly head.”
Favre formed that opinion after a post-draft conversation with Rodgers.
“I’m not going to talk about all that we talked,” the 11-time Pro Bowler told the “Rich Eisen Show” on Wednesday. “He was, let’s just say surprised, they went that direction.”
The Packers’ draft strategy took many by surprise, now apparently including the 36-year-old Rodgers who has three years remaining on his contract. General manager Brian Gutekunst did not add any receiving weapons from a highly talented wide receiver class and reached for the Utah State gunslinger by aggressively trading up to No. 26 to secure him.
“Had a good opportunity to take Jordan Love, the quarterback from Utah State,” Gutekunst said after the draft. “Excited about a player we take and develop at the most important position in football.”
The intended strategy, it seems, is to have Rodgers play out the remaining years in which he carries a heavy salary cap liability, during which time he would develop a mentor-student relationship with Love and help him blossom into a franchise quarterback.
This was also the outcome the Packers had hoped for when they drafted Rodgers back in 2005. Favre never truly took to that dynamic, however, resulting in an ugly split with the team in 2008.
Bob McGinn, who has covered the Packers for almost four decades, added that drafting Love could signal more than just a changing of the guard. He believes head coach Matt LaFleur has “had enough of [Aaron] Rodgers’ act and wanted to change the narrative” and “gain leverage with their imperial quarterback and his passive-aggressive style.”
The Packers should be motivated to keep the situation from escalating — at least within the first two years of Love’s time in Green Bay. Rodgers carries a 2020 dead cap hit of $51.15 million, which drops to $31.56 million in 2021, then $17.2 million in 2022 and $2.85 million in 2023, according to Over The Cap.