Aaron Rodgers says he kept Jordan Love in the loop as he determined future with Packers - CBSSports.com

For some time, Aaron Rodgers’ future with the Green Bay Packers was a self-described “beautiful mystery.” As the relationship with the crew unraveled over the course of the offseason, it was unclear if the defending league MVP was ever going to go well with up for them once more. As most of us merely wanted to take a seat and wait to see how this case was in the end going to unfold, the particular person proper in the thick of the drama — second-yr quarterback Jordan Love — did have some inside information immediately from the supply. 

Rodgers stated Wednesday that he kept in contact with Love all through the offseason to maintain him in the loop on the place his head was at. As this saga waged on, the 37-yr-previous skipped out on the entirety of the Packers’ offseason program, leaving Love to serve as the crew’s starter. That was an identical state of affairs Rodgers discovered himself in earlier in his profession as his predecessor, Brett Favre, skipped out on these exercises as nicely. However, Rodgers largely knew that Favre would return in these cases. Looking again on what he described as an “important time of growth,” Rodgers stated he tried to place himself in Love’s sneakers this offseason. 

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“And then I just reached out; I reached out a number of times [to] check on him [and] see how he’s doing,” Rodgers stated, through ESPN’s Rob Demovsky. “I didn’t hold things from him. I let him know where I was at mentally and what I was thinking about. And hopefully he appreciated that. I just felt that’s what I would want in that situation, just to hear from the guy. And also, there’s a love and an appreciation and a friendship there, just like it was with me and Brett. So I wanted to make sure I checked in with him and let him know I was thinking about him.”

Even although there’s the awkwardness of Love being drafted to exchange Rodgers in some unspecified time in the future, the two quarterbacks do appear to have a robust relationship. While the points obtained to a fever pitch between Rodgers and the Packers when the crew drafted Love, the unhappiness of the transfer on Rodgers’ half had nothing to do with Love personally.   

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“I have a lot of respect and love for Jordan, and I understand it’s got to be tough what he went through,” Rodgers stated. “I went through it for two years in the offseason, going in ’06 and ’07, I was the guy the entire offseason, going through quarterback school, going through most of the OTAs, taking all the reps, and then here comes Favrey coming back — and obviously I’m back on the bench. Thankfully I went through that, and I can understand a little bit about what he’s going through, so I just try to keep that in mind the entire time.”

As issues stand presently, Rodgers is locked and loaded to be the Packers quarterback for the 2021 season, leaving Love to journey the bench as soon as once more. However, this can be the ultimate run with Rodgers in Green Bay earlier than the two sides half subsequent offseason, opening the door for Love to ascend into the beginning spot in 2022.