Former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre said there’s a stark difference between when his former organization drafted future MVP Aaron Rodgers in 2005 when he was the starter than when the team selected Jordan Love in the 2020 NFL draft with Rodgers still on the roster.
“I think when I look at this situation with Aaron and my situation, yes, they’re very, very similar,” Favre said told The Wisconsin State-Journal. “But there is a big difference: They were several plays away from the Super Bowl this year. When we drafted Aaron, that wasn’t the case.”
Favre was 35 when Rodgers was drafted, nearly as old as Rodgers — who turned 36 in December — when Love was drafted. The Packers finished 10-6 in 2004 before Rodgers went No. 24 in 2005’s draft. The franchise hadn’t appeared in an NFC title game since 1997 at that point. Green Bay went 13-3 in 2019 and reached the NFC championship with Rodgers under center.
“When his contract gets close to running out, it also will be running out for Jordan Love,” Favre said. “And at that point, do you re-up Aaron for (a few more years) for $40 or $50 million, or do you go with the young guy and give him a new deal? I just don’t see the young guy getting a new, blockbuster deal without ever really proving himself. That’s really why I said Aaron would probably play elsewhere.”
Rodgers, who currently has four more years on his contract, completed 62% of his passes in 2019 and threw for 4,002 yards with 26 touchdowns with four interceptions. He led the NFL in lowest interception percentage (0.7).
“They drafted (Love) to be the next quarterback,” Favre said. “And that move is going to have to be made in the near future. I wouldn’t say in the next two years — if Aaron were to get hurt God forbid, then it would happen sooner rather than later — but if it plays out like you expect, Aaron plays the way he always plays and it gets to contract time, I don’t know what they’re going to do. But they drafted (Love) to make that move at that point. So I don’t see them drafting him in the first round — trading up and drafting him in the first round — to let him sit for eight more years.”
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