While everyone –– weighed on the Packers ’decision to switch to quarterback Jordan Love in the first round draft, Aaron Rodgers waited more than two weeks to comment on the situation.
Rodgers, speaking to the media on Friday afternoon, said he was looking forward to working with Love, whom the Packers chose to select with the 26th overall pick.
“I think the initial reaction [to the Packers selecting Love] was a surprise, “said Rodgers, via the team’s official website. “I’m not going to say that I was delighted with the choice, but I understand. The organization is not only thinking about the present but the future, and I respect that. I understand their concentration and their state of mind. “
Rodgers, who is entering his 16th season with the Packers and his 13th season as a starting quarterback for the team, said he had a “great conversation” with Love the day after his appointment. Rodgers said he hopes to develop a solid relationship for Love while citing previous working relationships with former Packers quarterback Matt Flynn and Brett Hundley, among others.
“I’m thrilled to be working with him,” said Rodgers of Love, the fourth draft quarterback behind Joe Burrow, Tua Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert. “He seems to be a very good child with a very good head on his shoulders. “
While he said he would like to end his career with the Packers, Rodgers said it could be out of his control if he decided to play beyond his current contract, which will expire after the 2023 season.
” [The selection of Love] reinforces the adage that you can only control what you can control, “said Rodgers. Any great athlete, there are things that are beyond my control. It’s very important to me, but it’s really beyond my control. What I can control is my game and making that difficult decision at any time … If there is a time when I feel like I can play at a high level and my body is feeling good, there there were other players who went to play elsewhere. “
One such player was Favre, who ended his career with the Vikings after Rodgers replaced him as a Green Bay starter. Rodgers, however, is not entirely worried about the end of his career. Instead, he focuses on what the Packers can do with their opportunity in 2020.
“I like where we are,” said Rodgers of the current Packers roster. “What we did last year was pretty incredible. I like where we are. As always, we expect these young guys, these rookies, to take that big leap and play big roles for us. “