Packers not worried about finding a QB replacement, yet

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Packers General Manager Brian Gutekunst’s first priority will be making Aaron Rodgers the highest-paid player in the league.

But after he secures the present for the Packers, his history there means he’s always going to be aware of how important it is to secure the future.

The Packers have been competitive for generations primarily because they’ve had MVP-level quarterbacks, and they kept the pipeline stocked behind them to have surplus to flip.

There’s no immediate need to replace the 34-year-old Rodgers, but there wasn’t an immediate need to replace Brett Favre when Rodgers fell into their laps in the 2005 NFL Draft.

I don’t think I’m thinking out that far right now,” Gutekunst said, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com. “But yeah, I know what you’re saying.”

Rodgers was able to sit for three years, which made for an easier transition for him, if not an awkward one for Favre.

So with five quarterbacks possibly going in the first round, there comes a point in the evaluation when Gutekunst at least has to consider it, since he was a scout with the Packers when Ted Thompson pulled the trigger on Rodgers.

“I’ll say this: It’s nice seeing the experience of going from one [quarterback] to the next, seeing that happen and the way it was handled,” Gutekunst said. “It’s nice being part of that.”

The other thing the Packers have been able to do is parlay that stability at the top and frequent mid-round picks into a revolving cast of backups, some of which they have traded for other things. But whether they start the process for a starter this year or in the future, it’s a decision Gutekunst is going to have face at some point in his five-year contract.

47 responses to “Packers not worried about finding a QB replacement, yet

  1. Rodgers was able to sit for three years, which made for an easier transition for him, if not an awkward one for Favre.
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    Critical in his development. Nothing easy about it.

    Favre tortured him, as per local beat writers.

    And the Packers did Rodgers no favors in 2008 by not divorcing Old #4. Many fans sided with Favre, and would have taken him back rather than the obvious choice to go forward with Rodgers.

  2. Should not be worried about replacing Rogers yet but they better be worried about replacing that bum Hundley. It would be terrible if Rogers had to miss a few games next year and for Hundley to come in and end the season again for the Pack, wasting another year of Rogers!!!!!

  3. If Josh Allen is there at 14 I say take him but I wouldn’t touch the others. Allen has the raw talent that under Rodgers for a few years could make for another messy transition where the fans become divided. Worked out just fine last time.

  4. Meanwhile, our placeholders last season are getting rid of all of their QBs, including one the one that took them to the nfc championship (where they choked unlike any team I’ve ever seen).

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  5. GB needs to move on from Aaron Rodgers.

    While this will not be popular with GB fans (and I am a GB shareholder), AR is demanding too much of the money which could otherwise be spent on player acquisition. I say get rid of him and build the next great GB dynasty. Frankly, I think AR is more concerned about where he lives in Del Mar, CA; golf tournaments; the ESPY awards; the women he dates; and State Farm commercials than he is about football.

    He is a diva in his own mind.

    And football teams don’t need divas.

  6. Packers General Manager Brian Gutekunst’s first priority will be to drain all available cap space to make Aaron Rodgers content that he is the highest-paid player in the league.

  7. tokyosandblaster says:
    March 9, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    Meanwhile, our placeholders last season are getting rid of all of their QBs, including one the one that took them to the nfc championship (where they choked unlike any team I’ve ever seen).
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    They lost big on the road to a better team. Is that really any different from what happened to the Packers in Atlanta just one year ago? And is that really considered a bigger “choke” than blowing a 12-point lead with 5 minutes left?

    For a Packer fan, you don’t seem to watch your team very much.

  8. aarons444 says:
    Rodgers should play out his deal and force the Packers to elevate their game before making another commitment to them.
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    You do realize he's under contract through the 2019 season…….. right ?

  9. Yeah, because the Brett Hundley plan worked so well.
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    He was drafted to develop and then trade for picks. It hasn't played out very well and I'll admit that,… but the cost was low. He was a 5th round pick.
    5th round picks are 50/50 at best.

  10. tokyosandblaster says:
    March 9, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    Meanwhile, our placeholders last season are getting rid of all of their QBs, including one the one that took them to the nfc championship (where they choked unlike any team I’ve ever seen).

    funny how you insinuate the vikings as “placeholders” as they have won the division 2 out of the last 3 and have beaten the packers 4 out of the last 5.

    and im shocked you didnt watch the 2014 NFC Choke-ionship game (AND 4th and 26, AND favre int vs the giants AND 15-1 AND kap running wild 2x AND larry Fitz AND the atlanta game)

    not much of a fan…..

  11. packrh8tr,

    You forgot to mention a marginal NFL QB (Colin Kapernick) gaining 444 yards of total offense… all by himself.

    .. yet, somehow, Dom Capers lasted 5 more years as a coordinator.

    Explains why this team finds themselves in the state they’re in.

  12. The Packers need a journeyman QB to back up Rodgers, just a guy to win a few games. It would be a huge mistake to think a Journeyman QB is the same as a franchise QB, just look at Keenum.

  13. You do realize he’s under contract through the 2019 season…….. right ?
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    Are you under the impression they can clean up this mess in a single offseason?

  14. I don’t think they were looking to replace Favre in that draft, but they had done their homework and knew that Rodgers was an absolute steal at the spot. Hopefully they’re doing that now, in case someone they believe in falls.

  15. Packers have a minimum of 6 more good years out of Rodgers…
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    Are you operating on a 1 year per each screw in his collarbone formula?….

  16. I don’t think it is quite time to look for a replacement just yet but I do think they need to address the backup QB position soon. They need to replace Hundley though and I think they need to think long and hard about QB after the first couple of rounds.

    I am a Packers fan and I find it baffling that some Packers fans actually want to move on from Rodgers when they obviously don’t have the next QB on their roster yet.

  17. I am a Packers fan and I find it baffling that some Packers fans actually want to move on from Rodgers when they obviously don’t have the next QB on their roster yet.
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    No Packer fan in their right mind wants to move on from Rodgers.

    .. but he deserves better than to wallow on a sub-.500 team. This is the thinnest roster they’ve had since 2005-2006. And under new leadership, who knows what it may take for them to right the ship.

  18. Rodgers will be the league standard QB for at least the next 3 years; however, if Gutekunst allows MM (who reports straight to the president, not the GM), to continue to “develop” Hundley, rather than sign an experienced veteran, it’s going to be deja vu all over again in 2018 if Rodgers gets hurt.

  19. Packers General Manager Brian Gutekunst’s first priority will be to drain all available cap space to make Aaron Rodgers content that he is the highest-paid player in the league
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    Have you read one article or seen one interview where AR even talked about his contract, let alone asked to be the highest paid player in the league? You trolls are so desperate it’s funny. And a little sad.

  20. As usual, there’s more Viking fans posting than packer fans. Pft is killing the MN economy because every time a new Packer story goes up, labor force productivity plummets.

  21. In Teddy We Trust says:
    March 9, 2018 at 12:37 pm
    The Packers have been competitive for generations primarily because they’ve had MVP-level quarterbacks
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    So 25 years is now considered “generations”?

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    Minnesota math,

    Bart Starr – 16 years
    Brett Favre – 16 years
    Aaron Rodgers – 10 years

    42 years of MVP level hall of fame quarterbacks spanning generations.

    Sounds right. Minnesota has yet to field a QB that could any of these guys jocks so please quiet your bitterness and quit trying to minimize what is arguably the best 3 QB’s any team has ever had.

  22. aarons444 says:
    March 9, 2018 at 1:30 pm
    I am a Packers fan and I find it baffling that some Packers fans actually want to move on from Rodgers when they obviously don’t have the next QB on their roster yet.
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    No Packer fan in their right mind wants to move on from Rodgers.

    .. but he deserves better than to wallow on a sub-.500 team. This is the thinnest roster they’ve had since 2005-2006. And under new leadership, who knows what it may take for them to right the ship.

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    Chin up Bud,

    It’s a new year every year in the NFL.

    Don’t let that Minnesota bitter flu get you down.

  23. andrwken says:
    March 9, 2018 at 4:19 pm
    In Teddy We Trust says:
    March 9, 2018 at 12:37 pm
    The Packers have been competitive for generations primarily because they’ve had MVP-level quarterbacks
    __________

    So 25 years is now considered “generations”?

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    Minnesota math,

    Bart Starr – 16 years
    Brett Favre – 16 years
    Aaron Rodgers – 10 years

    42 years of MVP level hall of fame quarterbacks spanning generations.
    ___________

    “For generations” implies a continuous period of time. Apparently, you were standing behind the door from 1968 to 1991.

  24. Don’t let that Minnesota bitter flu get you down.
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    The only thing that has me down is the state of the Packers, and Mike McCarthys employment status.

  25. Bitter, angry Vikings’ fans are the best. One season removed from 8-8, blowing the last NFC Championship game 38-7, and still acting “high and mighty”. One of many reasons that Vikings’ fans get such little respect from fans of other teams.

  26. Viking dominance has cost two NFC North coaches their job, it will be three when we dominate again in 2018 and Green Bay finally makes a coaching change….

  27. frank booth says:

    Bitter, angry Vikings’ fans are the best. One season removed from 8-8, blowing the last NFC Championship game 38-7, and still acting “high and mighty”. One of many reasons that Vikings’ fans get such little respect from fans of other teams.

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    Frank

    You seem to forget that the Vikings have defeated your Packers (yes, I know you CLAIM to be a Bear fan) 4 of the last 5 games and have won the division 2 of the last 3 years.

    And as to your claim that Viking fans get little respect – as long as it’s only you and some Packer fans that don’t respect us – who cares?

    Guess how much respect I have for a professed Bear fan that never posts on any Bear articles but is constantly on both the Packer and the Viking articles?

  28. Work a deal with the Rams. Send Hollywood Rodgers to them for Goff and a couple of other guys.

  29. In Teddy We Trust says:
    __________

    So 25 years is now considered “generations”?

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    Minnesota math,

    Bart Starr – 16 years
    Brett Favre – 16 years
    Aaron Rodgers – 10 years

    42 years of MVP level hall of fame quarterbacks spanning generations.
    ___________

    “For generations” implies a continuous period of time. Apparently, you were standing behind the door from 1968 to 1991.

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    I fail to see how the term “for generations” has any basis of time continuity.

    Care to elicit some form of proof? Or will this be kind of like how its better to win division championships than Super bowls?

    Irregardless the fact that mutiple “generations” of fans have watched Favre and Rodgers still proves your point moot.

    You’re nit-picking the author because it gives credit where you feel no credit is due.

    Bitter…

  30. There is no “Viking dominance”. Going 7-9, 11-5, 8-8, and 13-3 over the last 4 years with one playoff win and 2 losses while getting crushed 38-7 in an NFCCG is hardly what one would call dominance. No team in the NFC North has changed coaches because of the Vikings. Typical Viking fan comment.

  31. frank booth says:
    March 9, 2018 at 5:58 pm
    There is no “Viking dominance”. Going 7-9, 11-5, 8-8, and 13-3 over the last 4 years with one playoff win and 2 losses while getting crushed 38-7 in an NFCCG is hardly what one would call dominance. No team in the NFC North has changed coaches because of the Vikings. Typical Viking fan comment.

    ////////////////////////////

    One of the pack trolls finally remembered franks password.

  32. flviking says:
    March 9, 2018 at 6:07 pm
    frank booth says:
    March 9, 2018 at 5:58 pm
    There is no “Viking dominance”. Going 7-9, 11-5, 8-8, and 13-3 over the last 4 years with one playoff win and 2 losses while getting crushed 38-7 in an NFCCG is hardly what one would call dominance. No team in the NFC North has changed coaches because of the Vikings. Typical Viking fan comment.

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    One of the pack trolls finally remembered franks password.
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    I’m guessing it’s Tokyo. He popped his head up today too.

  33. Liberalsruineverything says:
    March 9, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    I’m guessing it’s Tokyo. He popped his head up today too.

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    Im pretty sure most of the ignorant viking posts are by 1 or 2 people. The best part is they talk to themselves responding to Packer posts like its some massive fanbase. We know there really isnt that many people who even watch Viking football unless their team is playing them.

    How many usernames do you carry in your quest for viking relevance?

  34. The trade for Kiser just proved the premise of this story wrong.

    Adding Kizer is a very desperate move.

  35. Capers is gone…finally. The puzzle is coming together for the Pack and we will have another dominating team this fall.

    As for the 4x Super Bowl loser Vikings, it has to make you sick to your stomach to relive that thrashing from Philly last year. And guess what, your stomach problems will persist as the confusion over quarterbacks and a franchise on the down. Oh the humanity…….

  36. hammerofcheddar says:
    March 10, 2018 at 8:56 am
    Capers is gone…finally. The puzzle is coming together for the Pack and we will have another dominating team this fall.

    As for the 4x Super Bowl loser Vikings, it has to make you sick to your stomach to relive that thrashing from Philly last year. And guess what, your stomach problems will persist as the confusion over quarterbacks and a franchise on the down. Oh the humanity…….
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    Cheesers are easily the most delusional fan base in the world. Exhibit A^. They actually complain and wonder why they get trolled so hard.

  37. Adding a back-up QB is always considered a desperate move. Nice to see Vikings fans’ with their typical ariani-like takes. Sometimes it’s better to let people wonder if you’re dumb rather than to type something stupid and remove all doubt.

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