The Green Bay Packers should end the Jordan Love experiment

Yes it sounds crazy, but the Green Bay Packers should move on from Jordan Love while he still has trade value. Aaron Rodgers clearly took it personal when the Packers used their first round pick to draft Jordan Love as it led to one of the best quarterback seasons in NFL history ending with Rodgers as the league MVP.

If the Packers truly want to maximize their potential and win a championship soon, they should trust that Rodgers will continue to play at this high level. This means focus on his replacement when that time comes, probably in about 3 seasons. Brian Gutekunst has a young quarterback to offer in a league that is very desperate for QB talent.

While this plan seems foolish seeing as nobody knows Love’s true talent, it may be too late to abort if the Packers sit on him for his first 4 or 5 seasons. Trading him now could land the Packers some draft capital, or even a proven talent in the league to help them clear this seemingly giant hurdle that is the NFC Championship.

This team has no true idea of what Jordan Love is capable of, as he has not seen a single live snap in the NFL, and has had very limited practice reps as well. What the Green Bay Packers can be sure of, is that they have a future first ballot hall of famer who is still playing at a very high level for 3 more seasons on his current contract.

Once again, it is uncommon for a team to move on from a player they haven’t tested the waters with, but if Green Bay trades Jordan Love this offseason, or even shortly into the year, they could obtain just enough talent to push them over the edge.

Many mock drafts have 4 or 5 quarterbacks going in the first 7-8 picks, leaving teams such as Denver, Chicago, Washington, and Las Vegas with limited options.

Drew Lock didn’t show much improvement for the Broncos last season, so they could be open to moving on from him. Washington signed Ryan Fitzpatrick this offseason, but would most likely prefer a young player to build around for the future as their defense has a great young core.

Andy Dalton’s play last season was the definition of mediocre, and the Bears have already shown they are open to other options after failing to trade for Russell Wilson. The Raiders also seem to be stuck in purgatory with Derek Carr, and could be open to starting fresh with a guy like Jordan Love.

It is unlikely the Packers could get back the equivalent of what they gave up when they traded up to draft Jordan Love. There is enough talent from one of these teams however that could help the Packers win one more Super Bowl with Aaron Rodgers under center.

Defense would be the most likely trade option for a young quarterback, but draft picks or more offensive weapons could be beneficial as well. Either way, Jordan Love is not helping the Packers win right now, when they have been so close for so many seasons. The Green Bay Packers need to embrace the win now mentality, and make the best move to win a Super Bowl while Aaron Rodgers is still phenomenal.

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Kaleb is currently attending UW Green Bay pursuing an English degree. His lifelong goal is to one day work for ESPN. You can follow him on twitter at @kaleb_baumgart.

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21 thoughts on “The Green Bay Packers should end the Jordan Love experiment

  1. Flashback, 2007 all the nfl draft magazines rated Aaron Rodgers as a bust.
    2008 . The fans of Brett Favre wanted the Packers to bring him back.
    Jordan Love may never be equal too Aaron Rodgers, but leave the team to the coach.

  2. Your first 4 words were accurate. “Yes it sounds crazy, but the Green Bay Packers should move on from Jordan Love while he still has trade value.” What is his trade value right now, a 4th rounder? I realize times are slow, but what a lousy article.

  3. This is naive. The Packers’ cap situation means that after the 2021 season, they will have to blow up the team simply to get under the cap, and save a huge jump in the 2022 cap number, that includes moving on from Rodgers. Rule one of a GM is the worst time to draft a quarterback is when you need one.

    1. I say after this year you find someone with tons of draft picks and dump Rodgers to them and make a haul on picks. I actually wanted to see them trade him to cleveland a few years ago when we could of probably got 3#1’s and a 2nd as in 3 picks in the top 20 i believe it was and the 1 pick in the 2nd round. How did the Pats win so much ? Billecheck new when to trade the old guys at the right time and get great return.

  4. Flashback, 2007 all the nfl draft magazines rated Aaron Rodgers as a bust.
    2008 . The fans of Brett Favre wanted the Packers to bring him back.
    Jordan Love may never be equal too Aaron Rodgers, but leave the team to the coach.

  5. Your first 4 words were accurate. “Yes it sounds crazy, but the Green Bay Packers should move on from Jordan Love while he still has trade value.” What is his trade value right now, a 4th rounder? I realize times are slow, but what a lousy article.

  6. To say nobody outside of the Packers organization knows what Love is or can do is inaccurate. Any team footage of him was a disaster to watch, and nobody, no coach, no player, “Nobody” had excitement or a truly positive thing to say about him? With Mahomes, his teammates were raving about his potential just based upon practice, calling him a freakish amazing athlete before he ever played a game. Not so with Love, and for good reason. The guys footwork is a mess, he’s an inaccurate passer, and has proven nothing other than he has a nice rainbow deep ball touch. Plenty of footage showing that, it’s just that the problem is the NFL isn’t all about touch passes, you actually need an NFL arm! He doesn’t have one. Here you go, watch the accuracy net drill where he can’t drain a single in the net. Both Rodgers and Tim Boyle crush this drill! There are probably high school QB’s in GB that would show more promise than this. Admittedly, I’m not a fan, and hated the pick, I still do. He is a huge project, and I personally don’t see “The IT Factor” Wasted Pick IMO. That said, the horse has done left the barn, we’d better pray this guy can play. Boyle was a better QB – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ys4FFtSuqaQ

  7. Wow! This was just plain awful analysis. Let’s start with the fact that no one outside of the Packers’ organization has any idea what Love’s potential is – certainly not the author. Second, no matter how well Rodgers continues to play, there is no way the team can afford to keep him in 2022 while also fielding a team of quality starters around him. It looks like they are going for it all this year, and I fully support the move. The following season will be another story.
    Oh, btw, Rodgers didn’t take it “personal”. If you’re going to write, learn some grammar.

  8. To say nobody outside of the Packers organization knows what Love is or can do is inaccurate. Any team footage of him was a disaster to watch, and nobody, no coach, no player, “Nobody” had excitement or a truly positive thing to say about him? With Mahomes, his teammates were raving about his potential just based upon practice, calling him a freakish amazing athlete before he ever played a game. Not so with Love, and for good reason. The guys footwork is a mess, he’s an inaccurate passer, and has proven nothing other than he has a nice rainbow deep ball touch. Plenty of footage showing that, it’s just that the problem is the NFL isn’t all about touch passes, you actually need an NFL arm! He doesn’t have one. Here you go, watch the accuracy net drill where he can’t drain a single in the net. Both Rodgers and Tim Boyle crush this drill! There are probably high school QB’s in GB that would show more promise than this. Admittedly, I’m not a fan, and hated the pick, I still do. He is a huge project, and I personally don’t see “The IT Factor” Wasted Pick IMO. That said, the horse has done left the barn, we’d better pray this guy can play. Boyle was a better QB – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ys4FFtSuqaQ

    1. Interesting analogy with the nets. Aaron crushes it and is 3 time MVP and Tim Boyle crushes it and isn’t on the team anymore, but Love does not crush it and he’s terrible, but still on the team 🤔

      Perhaps there’s more to being a QB, which is why he’s still on the team. He’s got a NFL arm, he’s got a cannon and he’s athletic. There’s no chance I’d rather have Fields or Lance over him and they are looked at as Top 5 picks. Being in Columbus, Fields has some terrible decision making and holds the ball way too long and Lance, well, has played no one and his one game last year to show out, he didn’t.

      I think the best we’d get for Love is a 2nd, but at this point, is it worth giving up on him for that or moving up in the 1st? No. You are also risking that he’s not good as oppose to a legit starting QB. He’s had virtually no practice time with COVID and no game time. Give him a chance. Josh Allen wasn’t great coming out of Wyoming, very weak numbers, but he’s skill set was through the roof and he was coached up after a very mediocre first year. I think Jordan will be the similar, but he just needs a little time.

      1. The problem with all this ‘brain dead’ talk about trading Love is that he has no NFL film, no preseason last year and he regressed in his Senior year because of losing 2/3rds of his starting offense yet he was still projected as a 1st rounder based on his Junior year, but no one is going to give a 2nd or 3rd for him now until they see at least one preseason performance.

  9. maybe we should ship Rodgers this year before draft. After a MVP season we could fill a lot of holes.

  10. Why is it ok to have a solid back up and a future prospect at every other position in this league except the most important position? Aaron is a big boy he can handle competition. If he is that thin skin then he needs to move on. I’m so sick of organizations having to tap dance around the ego of a “superstar”, I saw it with Favre and now people want it with Rodgers. STOP! are you a Packers fan or a Rodgers fan? No player is bigger then the Team and planning now for the future is what separates us from the Bears, Lions, and Vikings. Let the Packer brass do their jobs and you stick to doing yours.

  11. The net is we all have been spoiled having Starr, Favre, and Rodgers under center, the team just South of us has been looking for a replacement to Sid Luckman since 1950. We just need to let it play out, a full exhibition season will allow everyone to vet Love to some degree which is still the missing piece in any decision involving Rodgers future.

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