Packers: Aaron Rodgers will be starter for ‘foreseeable future’

Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst made it clear on Monday that Aaron Rodgers will be the starting quarterback for the “foreseeable future”.

Ever since trading up for quarterback Jordan Love on the opening night of last year’s draft, the conversation about Rodgers’ future has been ongoing among the fanbase and analysts. That was always to be expected when the Packers not only drafted Rodgers’ potential replacement, but traded up to do so.

Following Rodgers’ third MVP season, it doesn’t seem he’s going anywhere in the near future.

“Aaron’s our guy. He’s going to be our quarterback for the foreseeable future,” Gutekunst said. “We’re excited about the things we’re going to try to accomplish over the next couple of years.”

Gutekunst refused to get into specifics about contracts, which is understandable, but he seemed to make it pretty clear that Rodgers will remain the quarterback for a while yet. He certainly gave a clearer answer than Kyle Shanahan when he was asked about Jimmy Garoppolo’s future with the San Francisco 49ers earlier today.

What will this mean for Jordan Love?

That’s unclear. I doubt even the Packers know the answer to that question.

They drafted Love after what could be considered a few “down years” for Rodgers. While he was still playing at a high level, it had been a few years since we’d seen MVP Rodgers. He hadn’t thrown for more than 26 touchdown passes since the 2016 season.

That all changed in 2020 and one has to wonder whether it has also changed the Love plans, or whether it was always going to play out this way.

The wait for Love’s arrival as the starter will continue for at least another year but, based on Gutekunst’s comments on Monday afternoon, the Packers have no intention of making a quarterback change any time in the near future.