Aaron Rodgers on Packers drafting QB: I’m a realist, but prefer immediate help

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Aaron Rodgers joined the Packers as a first-round pick while Brett Favre was still a productive starter, so he knows that teams don’t always wait until there’s an acute need for a new starting quarterback before acquiring one.

Packers General Manager Brian Gutekunst has talked about the possibility of drafting a quarterback in April and Rodgers called himself a “realist” about the prospect during an appearance on ESPN Milwaukee Friday. Rodgers pointed to his age as a reason why the team might think about moving in that direction while adding that he wasn’t sweating the prospect.

“I’m confident [he’s] not going to beat me out anytime soon,” Rodgers said, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com.

Rodgers added that he’d like to see the team “come in and help us right away” rather than at some uncertain point in the future, but it remains to be seen what the Packers will wind up doing in Vegas next month.

17 responses to “Aaron Rodgers on Packers drafting QB: I’m a realist, but prefer immediate help

  1. Having a quality backup is different than drafting the heir apparent to Rodgers, who isn’t going anywhere for the next two years. He is under contract thru 2023. Until 2022, huge cap and dead money hit will make it impossible to do anything. Even then, it isn’t easy to see.

    Forget drafting his replacement. Draft players to help him now. That’s being real.

  2. It wouldn’t make any sense to draft a QB yet since GB couldn’t save any $ by cutting AR until 2022. At which point, it would mean GB would need to re-sign new said QB without seeing him play through a good sample size. Plus, they’d be missing out on the true benefit of a rookie QB, being not having to pay him substantially while being able to stock the rest of the roster.

  3. I agree with Rodgers that the Packers need at lot of help right away but calling himself a realist doesn’t malke him and less selfish or petty.

  4. Now’s the time to draft Rogers’ replacement. Rogers still has 3-4 good years in him, the kid can learn A LOT in those 3-4 years. Then, when Rogers is done, the kid will be ready to step in and the team won’t have to suffer through his learning curve.

  5. Well, the Patriots drafted Jimmy Garappolo to be Tom Brady’s replacement when Brady around the same age as Rodgers, and look how that turned out.

  6. The biggest difference among all NFCN teams and their expectations for success next season remains to be Aaron Rodgers.

    Nothing has changed.

  7. Rodgers spoke eloquently and thoughtfully and had his teammates and peers best interests in-mind when he sent out a 2,000-word explanation of benefits and shortcomings to his teammates. He is the polar opposite of self-centered and selfish. He’s a true leader and players love playing on his team.

  8. IMO it depends solely on the quarterbacks available when GB drafts. If there’s a guy you really like for the long term, draft him. If not, look to next year’s draft and approach the draft the same way.

  9. Codylaws says:
    March 6, 2020 at 3:15 pm
    It’s always about me me me for Erin.

    Who are you, you, you? Who’s Erin?

  10. stellarperformance says:

    He is the polar opposite of self-centered and selfish.

    His entire family that he has rejected disagrees.

  11. Jalen Hurts would be an interesting, roll of the dice, selection if he were still available in the late 3rd or 4th round.

    It wouldn’t be that big of an investment with significant upside if you could use the next couple of seasons to develop him.
    He has some raw skills and talent, but whether he can make the next big jump in his game is anyone’s guess.

    Though I’m not a big fan of tricks and gadget plays, you could draw up a situational package of plays for Hurts to run to further utilize his athletic talents on the field.
    This would be especially appealing if the new CBA is approved and NFL rosters are expanded.

  12. I don’t see the Packers taking a QB in this draft. They have a few holes to patch so they can be relevant NOW,…. rather than looking too far down the road. If a special player at QB drops into their lap like Rodgers did,…. okay.
    The 1st 3 rounds are critical to restocking the roster. A QB isn’t high on the want list for me this year. We need a couple Inside LB’s,…. WR’s,…. and a Right Tackle if they let Bulaga walk.

  13. Packers shouldn’t sacrifice anything long term for win now, as they aren’t a top team. Yes they will likely win the division, but in the playoffs there will be better teams. They need to sign a key FA or 2 for long term, and draft well. They have multiple holes to fill.

  14. It’s funny how Aaron gets asked a question and answers it perfectly and some still try to hate on him. It must really suck to be jealous of smart, successful people.

    Aaron knows he isn’t getting any younger but: “I still feel like I have a ton of years left playing at a high level. I’m confident enough. I’ve always felt that it doesn’t matter who you bring in, they’re not going to be able to beat me out anytime soon.” Aaron also understands it’s a business and he said he “wouldn’t have a problem” with the decision to bring in a QB.

    Aaron has always been very close to his QB room in his time in Green Bay. A young QB could not go to a better situation than playing behind A-Rod and being developed by Matt LaFleur and Aaron for a few years. Gute has said every year he looks for QB’s just like every other position. When Gute finds a QB he likes he won’t hesitate to draft him.

    I would have zero issue with Gute taking a QB at #30. Jacob Eason has a lot of upside with a cannon for a arm. Eason could be a QB that in a few years could be ready to start the era of the 3rd HOF QB in a row in Green Bay.

    We shall soon find out how this draft shakes out, and if Gute has found a QB he likes.


  15. Michael E says:
    March 6, 2020 at 6:59 pm

    He is the polar opposite of self-centered and selfish.

    His entire family that he has rejected disagrees.

    And you know the exact situation between Aaron Rodgers and his family how? Perhaps they are greedy, self serving parasites who are after his money only! No one really knows.
    Until you can back your statements regarding Aaron’s familial relationship and it’s status with actual facts, keep your opinion to yourself.

  16. His entire family that he has rejected disagrees.
    Because his family are very devout christians and Rodgers is not. They have gone on record many times lamenting his lack of love for their invisible friend.

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