The Green Bay Packers’ quarterback position is far from certain going into the 2023 offseason. For most fans and media that follow the team closely, however, there are really just two options: Aaron Rodgers or Jordan Love. However, others on the national stage still present rumors and ideas that link the Packers to other possible starting quarterbacks. In a recent article published by The Big Lead, one writer mentioned four-time Pro Bowl quarterback Derek Carr as one of the top three best options for the Packers at quarterback.
The Argument for Derek Carr as the Green Bay Packers Quarterback
In the article, writer Ryan Phillips states his case for Carr as the third-best option for the Packers at quarterback:
“Carr is currently a free agent and meeting with teams. If Rodgers gets traded, he’d be a veteran option if the team doesn’t believe Love is ready to take on the job. Carr is a four-time Pro Bowler who has been successful in nine seasons with the Raiders. He didn’t have his best season in 2022, completing a career-low 60.8 percent of his passes for 3,522 yards, with 24 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. His passer rating of 86.3 was the second-worst of his career.
“Despite that, Carr is an established NFL starter with a solid track record. With a good running back — like Aaron Jones — backing him up, the 31-year-old could be a solid option. Carr would also come cheaper than Rodgers, giving the Packers a chance to improve the rest of the roster. He’d certainly be worth considering.”
In other words, in Phillips’ opinion, there is a scenario in which the Packers would trade Rodgers even if they do not believe Jordan Love is ready.
Allow Me to Retort
At this point, if Aaron Rodgers leaves Green Bay, whether it is via retirement or trade, Jordan Love is the only other option at quarterback. Now, there may be some “fans” who bemoan this fact, but it is simply the truth. Green Bay did not trade up to draft Love and sit him for three years just to not start him once Rodgers is no longer on the team.
The argument made by Phillips also disregards everything the front office has said concerning Love being ready to play. It also attempts to discredit what his own teammates have said about him and his abilities as well. Notably, running back Aaron Jones recently stated that he knows Love is ready to take over when his number is called.
So, no, barring injuries/retirement/trade to both Rodgers and Love, Derek Carr will not be the starting quarterback of the Green Bay Packers.
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