The Packers chose to trade up and draft a quarterback in the first round last year, but the team’s brass remains committed to its current quarterback for the near future.
At least that’s the message they’re trying to convey.
The situation between the Packers and Rodgers already appears to be a bit of a distraction, and minicamp hasn’t even opened yet. It’s become a bit of a black cloud looming over the team, and it sure looks like Rodgers isn’t thrilled about the uncertainty surrounding his future. The Packers didn’t award him the contract extension he’s reportedly been seeking, and the message sent by drafting his potential replacement never really sits well with veteran signal-callers — especially those who led the team to a Super Bowl victory, which Rodgers did in 2011.
Rodgers made it clear he was surprised about the team’s decision to draft Love after it happened, and it still appears that he has a chip on his shoulder. The Packers appear to be trying to minimize the apparent friction between the two sides, with general manager Brian Gutekunst telling reporters AR12 is their guy for the “foreseeable future.”
“Aaron’s our guy. He’s going to be our quarterback for the foreseeable future,” Gutekunst said, via Pro Football Talk.
That comment wasn’t exactly the biggest vote of confidence, either, and was a bit vague. It seems as if the Packers are aware that Rodgers might want to part ways with the team in the next year or two, which we predict will end up happening. This relationship appears damaged beyond repair, no matter what the team’s brass tells the public.