The Green Bay Packers ended the Aaron Rodgers quarterback era this week when they traded him to the New York Jets. They have officially moved on to Jordan Love as the starter for the Packers this fall. But the leash the Packers are giving him this season came into question after the draft.
The Green Bay Packers like the QB room..for now
General manager Brian Gutekunst said the Packers were letting Love start this season. However, it was unclear if the team wanted to pick up his fifth-year option due to the price of that contract and the lack of regular season experience Love has produced in his NFL career. Gutekunst dropped a second stunner about where Love’s status with the Packers stands this offseason.
The Packers drafted Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford in the fifth round Saturday. The Packers were expected to take a quarterback on Day 3. Reporters asked Gutekunst if the Packers still planned on bringing in a veteran quarterback this offseason. Gutekunst gave a confusing answer about the status of his quarterback room this offseason.
According to Rob Demovsky with ESPN, Gutekunst said he likes where the room is but wants to see Clifford and Love get reps in OTAs before deciding to bring another quarterback in.
Gutekunst on adding a veteran QB after drafting Sean Clifford (R5): "We'll see how that goes, but we really like what he brings to the table.— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) April 30, 2023
"I like that room right now. All those guys need reps. I think we'll probably see how those guys do before we'd bring in a veteran."
That’s the second time Gutekunst emphasized Love’s lack of reps and experience as a quarterback. It appears Gutekunst isn’t 100 percent sold on Love as a long-term solution for the Packers. If that were so, Gutekunst would be more than willing to sign Love’s fifth-year option.
Instead of just referencing Clifford needing reps before the decision to bring in a quarterback, Gutekunst mentioned there was more than one quarterback he’d evaluate before adding to the Packers quarterback room. This could be something to keep an eye on during OTAs next month.
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