When the Green Bay Packers selected Jordan Love 26th overall in April’s draft, it marked a cornerstone moment for the franchise: they had chosen Aaron Rodgers’ successor.
The team followed that up with another historic move on Wednesday: they signed Love to a four-year contract worth $12.38 million that is fully guaranteed.
Interestingly enough, this means his and Aaron Rodgers’ contracts are set to expire at the conclusion of the 2023 season. While it would be dangerous to read too much into that, you’d assume the Packers would want to see Love play at some point before it comes time to renew a the contract.
For comparison, the Packers didn’t even see a full season as a starter from Rodgers before they signed him to his first extension in October 2008 with his five-year rookie deal set to expire at the end of 2009. With Love on a four-year deal, that would mean he would be playing by 2022 if we’re using the Rodgers model.
Of course this all will be moot if Rodgers re-emerges as an MVP candidate over the next couple seasons and/or Love struggles mightily but it does gives an idea of what the Packers have in mind in terms of a transition.
While it might not be easy to accept the changing of the guard at quarterback, Packers fans can at least be reassured the team has a plan.
Now for today’s cheese curds.
While it’s just over $4 million annually, a fully guaranteed contract has never been given to a player drafted lower than 25th overall until now.
COVID claims another tradition. The NFL is now mandating all training camp practices must be held at team facilities, which ends a long tradition with St. Norbert College.
Not taking a receiver in the draft this spring triggered extreme anxiety among Packers fans but the team still has a lot of faith in the young receivers. Whether or not that faith is rewarded will go a long way towards determining the 2020 team’s fate.
Packers fans likewise were disappointed a year ago when the team drafted Rashan Gary with their first of two first round picks but there is hope he can experience a breakout season after a quiet rookie year.
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