The victory against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 10 could be the last in Aaron Rodgers’ career with the Green Bay Packers, as his magic did not last more than four days and, after the loss on Thursday Night Football at home against the Tennessee Titans, the Packers have very little chance of qualifying for the Playoffs.
In Green Bay, fans and pundits alike are calling for what seemed impossible: the end of the Rodgers era and the beginning of the Jordan Love era in Wisconsin.
It’s time to test their QB of the future
Rodgers has not had bad numbers on the season, as he has 2,542 yards, 19 TD, 7 INT, although his QBR is 40.9, ranked 25th in the NFL.
Only against the Cowboys were there glimpses of the great leader he has been for the Packers during his career, but the reality is that in most of the games he has been unfocused, lacking finesse and failing at important moments.
That’s why the cheeseheads want him to finally try out his backup, Jordan Love, to see if he really has the talent to carry the weight of the team in the future or get rid of him and look for other options.
How much longer will Rodgers be playing?
Packers have 10 days to prepare for their next game, which will be visiting the Philadelphia Eagles. If GB wins the game, and Rodgers looks good, he could continue to be the starter as they then face Chicago Bears and Los Angeles Rams.
But if not, the question on their minds in the Green Bay area is: why not give Love a chance to develop during a season that is all but lost? At the end of the day, Love was their first-round pick in 2020, but he’s had little opportunity to play.
Love has only one start, but because of money issues the Packers will have to decide whether or not to stick with him after the season ends. If Rodgers leaves the team, Green Bay would have to figure out how to get out of the remainder of the three-year contract extension worth more than $150 million guaranteed to Aaron.
That is, on the salary cap Love represents only $4 million in 2023, and Rodgers’ departure would open up $31.6 million in salary cap space that they could use to sign more talent around Love.