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April 24, 2020 | 11:37pm | Updated April 25, 2020 | 12:30am
Aaron Rodgers is on good terms with his potential successor — for now — after a dramatic start to Jordan Love’s career with the Packers.
While the 15-year veteran was not consulted about Green Bay’s first-round scheme to trade with the Dolphins and nab the small-school gunslinger with the No. 26 pick, Love says the two have had an amicable first exchange.
“I was able to talk with him earlier,” the former Utah State Aggie told Maria Taylor during ABC’s broadcast of the 2020 NFL Draft on Friday. “Really good guy. Just congratulated me, and I was just letting him know that I was excited to be able to work with him.”
Rodgers threw 4,002 yards, 26 touchdowns and four interceptions and led the Packers to the NFC Championship game last season.
However, at 36 years of age and a history of speaking out about personnel decisions, the situation could sour quickly.
“I think that when you go through kind of the way things went tonight, you weigh the short-term and the long-term and the way the board went, this was just the best decision for the Packers,” general manager Brian Gutekunst said on a conference call shortly after round one.
Gutekunst had not spoken to his quarterback at that time, but he told reporters Rodgers would approach facing the ghost of Christmas future with the organization’s best interest in mind having been in a nearly identical situation when he was drafted in 2005 to back up an aging Brett Favre.
“He’s obviously been through this and he’s a pro and I think it’s something that’s a long-term decision,” Gutekunst said. “Obviously Aaron has been around a long time and he knows what we’re playing for right now, so that’s what’s most important right now.”
Love, 21, was a divisive draft prospect who has been touted as having Patrick Mahomes-level potential, but has drawn criticism for inaccuracy, especially in his final year at Utah State. He is expected to serve as an understudy for at least a year to develop while Rodgers plays out the two years remaining on his four-year, $134 million contract.