Schefter: Packers Eye QBs to Sign to Join Jordan Love Amid Aaron Rodgers Trade Rumors

Mike Chiari@@mikechiariFeatured Columnist IVMay 6, 2021

ASHWAUBENON, WISCONSIN - AUGUST 17: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers stands with Jordan Love #10 during training camp at Ray Nitschke Field on August 17, 2020 in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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The Green Bay Packers are reportedly on the hunt for additional quarterbacks in the midst of their conundrum with franchise signal-caller Aaron Rodgers.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Packers have "begun exploring" options with regard to quarterbacks they could potentially bring in for OTAs and training camp. Aside from Rodgers, 2020 first-round pick Jordan Love is the only other quarterback on the roster.

Schefter reported last week that Rodgers is unhappy with the Packers and has told some within the organization that he will no longer play for Green Bay. Because of that, there is a good chance Rodgers won't report for OTAs or training camp unless the two sides can come to a resolution.

As part of his report, Schefter noted that the Packers moving up in the first round of last year's draft to select Love without consulting Rodgers is among the biggest reasons for Rodgers' issues with the organization.

Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports reported that Rodgers wants general manager Brian Gutekunst out, but the Packers have shown no indication that they are willing to fire their GM in order to appease their franchise quarterback.

Green Bay may ultimately feel compelled to trade Rodgers, but that isn't the case yet, as Packers President Mark Murphy wrote in an article for the team's official website last week that the organization is committed to Rodgers in 2021 and beyond.

If the Packers do not trade Rodgers, they'll play the long game and hope they can eventually convince him to return to the team. Even if they are able to do so, it is difficult to envision Rodgers being present for OTAs and training camp.

Assuming Rodgers holds out, Love will receive the bulk of the reps, which could be a good thing for a young quarterback who saw no playing time as a rookie.

The Packers undoubtedly think highly of Love, as evidenced by moving up in the 2020 draft to take him, but he'll need all the reps he can get in order to be ready to take over as the starter should Rodgers maintain his stance.

Given Love's lack of inexperience, it would behoove the Packers to bring in a veteran who can take some of the workload off Love's shoulders during training camp and also impart wisdom on to the youngster.

Among the most accomplished NFL quarterbacks who are still free agents are Robert Griffin III, Brian Hoyer, Blake Bortles and Josh McCown. Another option would be to lure the recently retired Alex Smith out of retirement.

Some slightly younger options that could be of interest include another former Rodgers backup in Brett Hundley or 26-year-old Nick Mullens, who started 16 games for the San Francisco 49ers over the past three seasons.

Some solid depth quarterbacks remain available on the open market, although the Packers unquestionably hope any of them would only be temporary fixes until Rodgers returns.