NFL insider explains how Trevor Lawrence deal is horrible news for Packers

Well crap...
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The Jacksonville Jaguars signed former first overall pick Trevor Lawrence to a five-year extension worth $275 million. Why are we talking about that on a Green Bay Packers site, you ask? Well, because this contract will likely impact Jordan Love's upcoming extension.

Love was a first-round pick in the 2020 draft, one year before Lawrence heard his name called by the Jaguars but the Packers have been able to avoid paying Love a ton of money up until now. He just became the starter this past season and looked the part of a franchise quarterback and now it'll be time to pay him like one.

According to Adam Schefter, Love isn't expected to take less money than Lawrence. Schefter appeared on ESPN Milwaukee and dropped an interesting nugget of information on the matter.

""That deal doesn't help Green Bay, that deal helps Jordan Love. Because the average comes in at $55 million and, breaking news, I don't believe Jordan Love is taking less than Trevor Lawrence, just don't think he's doing it. So if the deal had gotten done a few weeks ago, I could've seen that number being $52 million, $53 million, and now I see that number being north of $55 million. Not much north of, but north of $55 million. And by the way, the way the deal is also structured and set up, is not favorable to the Green Bay Packers and what they were hoping to do.""

From Wendell Ferreira's article

Did the Packers wait too long to get a Jordan Love extension done?

From what Schefter is saying, Love is going to want more money than Lawrence and that's typically how these contracts work. Guys wait until other guys at their position have been paid because they want the most bang for their buck.

Take last year for example. Joe Burrow, Justin Herbert, and Jalen Hurts were all up for extensions. Hurts got paid first, then Herbert, and then Burrow was rewarded for waiting the longest with the biggest contract of the three.

The Packers have been fortunate to have one franchise quarterback after another without having to jump into quarterback purgatory like so many other NFL teams and this, unfortunately, is the one true punishment to that. They'll have to pay Jordan Love like a franchise quarterback or risk losing him.