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Jordan Love Rumors: Packers Were 'Adamant' About Trading Up for Ex-Utah State QB

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistApril 26, 2020

Utah State quarterback Jordan Love runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Charlie Neibergall/Associated Press

The Green Bay Packers didn't want to let Utah State quarterback Jordan Love slip through their grasp in the first round.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Sunday the Packers "were adamant about getting a quarterback" and wanted to be proactive in order to select Love:

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

From @NFLTotalAccess: The #Packers were adamant about trading up for Utah St QB Jordan Love, not wanting to miss out on their potential QB of the future. https://t.co/grUOmzjKqF

According to Rapoport, Green Bay had discussed a trade with the Seattle Seahawks to acquire the No. 27 pick before finalizing a deal with the Miami Dolphins for the 26th selection. Miami dropped back to No. 30 and added a fourth-rounder.

Many were stunned to hear Love's name called by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Aaron Rodgers is the team's starting quarterback and will presumably remain there for the duration of his current contract, which expires after the 2023 season.

Of course, the Packers are basically duplicating the strategy they used to have Rodgers succeed Brett Favre. Rodgers was a first-round pick in 2005 and spent three seasons on the bench before becoming the starter in 2008.

Ian Kenyon @IanKenyonNFL

I don't know who needs to hear this, but there's a difference between the Aaron Rodgers draft day fall in 2005 and the Jordan Love selection. -Favre was annually waffling retirement -Rodgers was discussed as no. 1 overall pick & fell -GB hadn't just given Favre major extension

Still, the decision sent an odd message to a team with a wide-open championship window.

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Chris Simms @CSimmsQB

The Packers taking Jordan Love pissed me off. It just did. Aaron Rodgers isn’t going anywhere for a few years. Their run defense is no better than when the 49ers embarrassed them in the NFC Championship. I don’t get it.

Geoff Schwartz @geoffschwartz

The Jordan Love pick is just so surprising to me. You’re basically telling a 13-3 roster that you don’t think they were good enough to add a weapon for Rodgers and attempt to run it back. It feels like you’ve given up on now and are worried about 3/4 years from now.

Perhaps Green Bay's front office will ultimately be justified. It's clear general manager Brian Gutekunst and head coach Matt LaFleur believe Love to be the quarterback who can lead the franchise in a post-Rodgers future.

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