Rodgers ques­tions pick­ing QB

Calgary Herald - - SPORTS -

Aaron Rodgers ad­mit­ted on Fri­day that he was sur­prised that the Green Bay Pack­ers se­lected fel­low quar­ter­back Jor­dan Love in the first round of last month’s draft.

Speak­ing pub­licly about the sit­u­a­tion for the first time, Rodgers was diplo­matic with his re­sponses when ad­dress­ing the Pack­ers’ de­ci­sion to trade up to ac­quire the Utah State prod­uct with the 26th over­all pick of the 2020 NFL Draft.

“I think the ini­tial re­ac­tion (to the Pack­ers se­lect­ing Love) was sur­prise,” Rodgers said. “Not gonna say that I was thrilled by the pick, but I un­der­stand. The or­ga­ni­za­tion is not only think­ing about the present but the fu­ture, and I re­spect that. I un­der­stand their fo­cus and their mind­set.”

Rodgers, who is en­ter­ing his 16th sea­son with the Pack­ers, said he hopes to de­velop a strong bond with Love. He even went so far as to cite his re­la­tion­ships with for­mer backup quar­ter­backs Matt Flynn and Brett Hund­ley.

“I’m ex­cited to work with him,” Rodgers said of Love. “He seems like a re­ally good kid with a re­ally good head on his shoul­ders.”

While the se­lec­tion of Love calls Rodgers’ fu­ture into ques­tion, the two-time NFL MVP said he would like to fin­ish his ca­reer with the Pack­ers.

Rodgers is head­ing into the first sea­son of a four-year, US$134 mil­lion ex­ten­sion he signed in Au­gust 2018.

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