Aaron Rodgers has previously been asked about the Packers’ Jordan Love squad in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, and no matter what happens in Green Bay in the coming years, questions for the future Hall of Fame quarterback may never end.
So maybe Rodgers can refer in the future the apparently fair statement he recently gave Kyle Brandt on the podcast “10 questions with Kyle Brandt” when asked about his reaction to trading Packers in the first round to draft a quarterback.
Rodgers, 36, admitted that he was initially excited to see the Green Bay trade as he thought it meant his team was aiming for a wide receiver. Rodgers, kept in mind, had talked a lot about the Packers’ lack of talent from Davante Adams.
However, as his stream of the NFL Draft was delayed, Rodgers received news of Green Bay’s concept choice via text from his marketing agent.
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“He just texted quarterback,” Rodgers explained. “I was like,” Oh, wow. OK. “I like whiskey, but I also drank a sip of tequila. And once I got that text, I went to the pantry. I poured myself about four fingers.
“I knew it was going to be one of those nights when people were going to call and there was’ Hey, are you okay? Is everything alright? “I’m like, ‘Yes, I’m fine.’ ‘
Rodgers reinforced previous comments that although he was not particularly fond of the Love choice, he “understands that it is a company.”
While he understands the age-related parallels that people drew between his current situation and Brett Favre’s when the Packers drafted Rodgers in 2005, Rodgers also pushed back on the idea that the two situations are the same. Rodgers reminded listeners that he was at number 24 in the first round of ’05 for a Packers team that had struggled the previous year. And even after he expressed a desire to play in his 40s, this time the Packers swapped aggressively in the first round after reaching the NFC championship game.
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Rodgers has four years left on the contract extension he signed with Green Bay in 2018 and restructured in 2019.
However, as he told Brandt, Rodgers wouldn’t be surprised if the Packers switch from him to Love before that contract expires in 2024.
“Based on the circumstances,” said Rodgers. “Just look at the facts. They exchanged. They wrote to him. I would say they like him, they want to play with him … And I get it. I have no ill will. Was I stunned? Of course. Who wouldn’t that be?
“I wanted to play in Green Bay all my career. I love the city. I really grew up there. I got there when I was 21. I’m 36 now. A lot changes in that time. But look, I’m getting I see it very clearly, and I’m not bitter about it. It’s just what it is. “