While Aaron Rodgers contemplates his future with the Green Bay Packers over the coming days and weeks, Jordan Love faces a familiar situation.
Yet again, he doesn’t know what’s next.
If Rodgers retires or is traded, Love will presumably finally get an opportunity to become the Packers’ starting quarterback in 2023.
But, what if Rodgers returns?
Love will enter year four of four on his rookie contract in 2023. The Packers can pick up his fifth-year option this spring, should they wish.
It’s unbelievable to think there’s any chance the Packers could have a first-round pick sit on the bench for four seasons.
And what does Love think about that? Surely he must be desperate to play.
Like Rodgers did under Brett Favre at the start of his NFL career, Love has sat for three seasons, learning from an MVP and developing his game. But at some point, it’s time to start.
Love stepped in against the Philadelphia Eagles and looked sharp. He made throws on time and in rhythm, showed good decision-making, and looked far more comfortable than in previous regular-season games.
The Packers will say they know what they have in Love, but how can they truly know his potential until he’s out there on the field week in, week out, playing regular-season games?
If Rodgers is back in 2023, who knows where that leaves Love. Would he request a trade? Who could blame him?
The Packers have big decisions to make at quarterback this spring. Do they want Rodgers back next year and, if so, what’s next for Love? Will they pick up his fifth-year option?
Rodgers may take the decision out of their hands by retiring.
For the third offseason in a row, the Packers’ future plans are on hold until Rodgers makes his decision. Only then will we know the direction this team might take.
So, we all wait. And so does Jordan Love.