Aaron Rodgers remains under contract for the Green Bay Packers, but likely not for much longer.
Soon, Rodgers will likely be traded to the New York Jets, opening the QB1 spot for fourth-year Jordan Love.
The past couple of years, the Packers have enjoyed good depth at quarterback, with Rodgers being backed up by a first-round pick and the team’s future starter.
But with Love now set to take over as QB1, who will back him up? Do the Packers need to draft a quarterback? Maybe sign a free agent?
Below is the updated quarterback depth chart, assuming that Aaron Rodgers gets traded to the Jets.
Packers projected quarterback depth chart after first week of free agency
- Jordan Love
- Danny Etling
As you can see, the Packers no longer have great depth at quarterback.
Danny Etling has played for seven different NFL teams since being selected in the seventh round of the 2018 NFL Draft.
Etling has thrown a grand total of zero passes in the regular season.
As things stand, the Packers would enter the 2023 season with a backup quarterback yet to throw a single regular-season pass.
That’s why it would make sense for Green Bay to bring in another quarterback.
In 2008, the year the Packers moved on from Brett Favre and made Aaron Rodgers their starting quarterback, the team drafted two quarterbacks. They selected Brian Brohm in the second round and Matt Flynn in the seventh round.
That doesn’t mean they should draft a QB as high as the second round again this year, but they need to add one. Flynn ended up being a valuable backup during his time in Green Bay, and he even shares the Packers’ single-game touchdown passes franchise record with Rodgers, having thrown six against the Detroit Lions in the 2011 season finale.
Green Bay could also bring in a veteran to back up Love. Signing a free agent like Teddy Bridgewater would make sense.