One of the biggest surprises during last month’s NFL draft was the Green Bay Packers drafting quarterback Jordan Love late in the first round instead of drafting a wide receiver.
On Friday, Rodgers spoke to the media for the first time since Love was drafted and says that although he wasn’t thrilled about the pick he understands why the Packers chose to pick up another QB.
Rodgers admitted Friday he was surprised and not “thrilled by the pick, necessarily,” but he added, “I understand.”
“I think it was more the surprise of the pick, based on my own feelings of wanting to play into my 40s, and really the realization that it does change the controllables a little bit,” Rodgers said during a nearly 40-minute conference call. “Because as much as I feel confident in my abilities and what I can accomplish and what we can accomplish, there are some new factors that are out of my control. And so my sincere desire to start and finish with the same organization, just as it has with many other players over the years, may not be a reality at this point..
Rodgers told the media that despite the pick he still wants to play into his forties.
“And as much as I understand the organization’s future outlook and wanting to make sure they’re thinking about the team now and down the line — and I respect that — at the same time, I still believe in myself and have a strong desire to play into my 40s. And I’m just not sure how that all works together at this point.”
Rodgers doesn’t blame Love and says he’s excited to work with the young QB for going forward.