Now that the Green Bay Packers traded up in the 2020 NFL Draft to select quarterback Jordan Love with their first round pick, is Aaron Rodgers going to pull a Brett Favre and once again do the unthinkable and leave Green Bay to play for another team?
Favre certainly thinks he will. And apparently, so does Rodgers.
During an interview this week with Kyle Brandt of The Ringer, Rodgers, who is entering his 16th season with Green Day, all but admitted there is almost no chance he ends his career as a Packer.
“When they drafted up, I was watching the draft and thinking about which receiver might be there at that time,” Rodgers told Brandt.
“There was a run on them there in the early 20s, the kid from LSU [Justin Jefferson] who I loved watching went to Minnesota in the early 20s, I knew the kid from Clemson [Tee Higgins] was still there, I enjoyed watching him but didn’t know as much about him, and the kid from Arizona State [Brandon Aiyuk] as well. … So when they traded up I perked up a little bit.
“And then I got a text – because everything’s so delayed – from my agent, marketing agent who I love, and he just texted ‘quarterback.’ I was like, ‘Oh, wow. Okay.’
“So I love scotch but I’ve been drinking some sipping tequila as well. Once I got that text, I went to the pantry, I poured myself about four fingers and I knew it was going to be one of those nights were people were going to start calling.”
When Rodgers saw the Packers take Love and not a wide receiver, he says he “wasn’t elated by the pick, especially being one game away from the Super Bowl and thinking we were just a couple players away, but at the same time I understand it’s a business.”
As for whether he believes the Packers will make Love sit and watch while Rodgers finishes his career in Green Bay, he doesn’t think that will happen.
“Based on just the circumstances around everything. Just look at the facts. They traded up, they drafted him. I would say they like him, they want to play him.
“It’s a different environment. In 2005, my first year we were 4-12. Second year, we were 8-8. There wasn’t a clamoring to play me because it was normal for young guys to sit. In the third year, ’07, we go 13-3. We’re one play—we’re overtime in the NFC championship playing at home against the Giants—from going to the Super Bowl. Different scenario now, I think, quarterbacks are playing earlier. It gives some latitude for young coaches and GMs to play their guys.
“And I get it, I really do. I don’t harbor any ill will about it. Was I bummed out? Of course. Who wouldn’t be? I wanted to play my entire career in Green Bay. I love the city. I grew up there, really. I got there when I was 21, I’m 36 now. You know, a lot changes during that time. But look, I get it. I see it completely clearly and I’m not bitter about it. It just kind of is what it is.”
Brandt also asked Rodgers if he could ever envision the day when, like Favre did with the Vikings, he could see himself playing for one of the Packers’ division rivals – like the Chicago Bears.
“That’s a tough thought right there,” Rodgers replied with a laugh.