Ever since the Green Bay Packers signed Aaron Rodgers, Jordan Love has been a vocal point of trade conversations. With the draft closely approaching, assessing how Jordan Love stacks up against the QBs in this years’ draft is viable. Charles Davis, an NFL Network Analyst, said Jordan Love would be graded higher than any QB in this years’ draft.
“The one I thought that would be in play that I’ve heard nothing about is Jordan Love in Green Bay. Because I thought once they re-signed Aaron, they’d make Jordan Love available. Everyone’s grade on Jordan Love for this year’s draft, would be higher than the guys who are in this draft.”
What does this mean for Love?
Aaron Rodgers looks to be in Green Bay at least two more seasons based on his cap hit. Jordan Love has two years left on his rookie contract. To mitigate this, the Packers could place the fifth year option on Jordan Love, keeping him in Green Bay through the 2025 season. However in doing so, Green Bay would owe Jordan Love approximately 20 million dollars that year (maybe more).
Regarding the 5th year option: players selected between 11th and 32nd in the draft, you find the average of the 3rd-25th highest Prior Year Salaries for the player’s position. This is how you determine how much the fifth year option will cost your team. Most QBs in the NFL are making AT LEAST 20 million a year. The average will be close to that number. Green Bay will unlikely want to pay two QBs over 20 million dollars. One has got to go.
Charles Davis’ Comments are meaningful:
It would not be surprising if a team decided on Day 2, they’d much rather send their pick to GB for Jordan Love than draft Sam Howell or (Insert Day 2 QB here). The 2022 draft class is not stellar when it comes to QBs and many teams may not have first round grades on ANY of them. That’s not to say QBs won’t go in the first round (they always do), but having a first round grade on one of them is a different story. Not to mention, Jordan Love is 23. Malik Willis, widely regarded as one of the best QBs in this year’s draft, is 22.
If a team offers a second or third round pick for Jordan Love, do you think the Packers take it? The depth in this year’s draft at Green Bay’s positions of need is immense. Pass rusher, wide receiver, safety, and offensive line will be taken in abundance in second and third round this year.