The NFL Draft throws up plenty of question marks each and every year, but none more so this year than what the Green Bay Packers pulled off.
After moving up into the first round, the Packers nabbed Utah State’s quarterback Jordan Love with the 26th selection.
The problem with the pick however is they’ve already got one of the best field generals in the business in Aaron Rodgers, who has two years remaining on a four-year, $210m contract extension.
Rodgers had a down year, by his own standards last season, but still took the Packers to within one game of the Super Bowl. With a first-round pick the hopes of landing more offensive weapons would have had Rodgers rubbing his hands together.
But with their first offensive draft pick since Rodgers was taken back in 2005, the Packers decided to grab a player at a position they’re not in any need to replace.
ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith exploded over the decision by the Packers and feels Rodgers should tell them his time in Green Bay has run its course.
“He should feel disgusted. He should feel insulted. And as far as I’m concerned, if I was Aaron Rodgers, I’d ask to be traded. To hell with all of them. Kick rocks. Have a nice life. I’ll move on without you. That’s how I feel Aaron Rodgers should feel at this particular moment in time,” Smith said on ESPN’s First Take.
Stephen A. Smith couldn’t believe what the Packers did.Source:Getty Images
“There’s something to be said about your best player, your star, who had a down year and the definition of a down year was 4,000 yards passing with just four interceptions. Oh by the way! Since 2010, the man hasn’t thrown double-digits in the interceptions category, and this is how you treat him!
“In the end, it’s not about Aaron Rodgers. That’s what the Green Bay Packers are saying. It’s not about using his greatness, buffering that so we can go and win the ‘ship. It’s about thinking about life when he’s gone even though he’s still here! When you’re the best, and you’re the franchise, and you’re the guy carrying everything, you should be thought about!
“Your feelings, what you believe, what buffers and supports and augments you should be a priority! And if it’s not a priority, you should tell them to kiss you where the sun doesn’t shine! Get me the hell up out of here! Give it to Jordan Love! And let’s find a different location for me! That’s what I think Aaron Rodgers should be saying today!”
“Good god it’s blasphemous and offensive what they do over there in terms of not getting him help…He should want to be traded right now. He should ask to be traded…It’s really, really offensive. He should feel offended by that.” – more ? from @LeBatardShow on Aaron Rodgers.
"They strapped a ticking time bomb to his chest."@minakimes thinks the Packers sent a message to Aaron Rodgers by drafting Jordan Love pic.twitter.com/U8cW9ZTqNV
Imagine if the Packers had a chance to draft a WR like Tee Higgins or Michael Pittman to help out Aaron Rodgers. Oh wait.
The move by the Packers left fans and those in opposing front offices scratching their heads with ESPN’s Michael Wilbon believing the selection was done to push Rodgers slowly towards an exit.
“My god,” Wilbon said on ESPN’s PTI. “The Packers just took two hands and said, ‘We’re going to nudge you gently towards the door.’
“How can you take this any other way?”
Two NFL executives couldn’t understand the reasoning behind the selection, with one believing a trade for the two-time league MVP potentially in play.
“Had they not paid Rodgers, it would be understandable,” an NFL executive told The Athletic.
“It is just hard to understand why less than two years ago they felt the need to give this guy all this money when you knew at his age it would probably be cheaper just to tag him.”
Another exec added: “Can you trade him? I would not rule it out after this season.”
With two years remaining on his current contract, Rodgers won’t be giving up his starting role to the youngster any time soon. But his frustration with the organisation could see him force his way out and end his career outside of Green Bay.
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