It’s in all probability not a stretch to say that probably the most controversial transfer of the 2020 NFL Draft got here from the Green Bay Packers after they chosen Jordan Love with the 26th total decide. The transfer was a head-scratcher for a number of causes, with the largest one being that they have already got Aaron Rodgers, who’s below contract by way of the 2023 season.
As of Wednesday although, Rodgers is now not the one quarterback on the roster with a deal that runs till 2023. The Packers have introduced that Love has signed his rookie contract, and apparently, the workforce confirmed Love quite a lot of love after they made the deal.
According to NFL.com, Love was given a contract that no different draft decide in his slot has ever been given. The rookie’s four-year cope with the Packers is value $12.38 million, and this is the uncommon half: All of that cash is absolutely assured, making Love the primary participant ever to be chosen 25th or decrease to obtain a completely assured deal.
In 2019, the first 24 gamers within the draft acquired all of their cash assured, however the gamers chosen 25th and beneath didn’t. Love’s new cope with Green Bay additionally features a $6.6 million signing bonus.
The undeniable fact that the Packers have been keen to provide Love a lot assured cash in all probability should not come as an enormous shock, and that is as a result of they went out of their technique to get him. The stunning decide solely occurred after the Packers made a commerce that allowed them to maneuver up 4 spots within the first spherical. To seize Love, the Packers traded away their fourth-round decide (136th total) to the Dolphins in order that they might transfer up from 30th total to No. 26.
It can be attention-grabbing to see how Rodgers reacts to information of Love’s deal. Although Rodgers appears to be on good phrases with Love, there is a good probability that he is upset with the entrance workplace for the way in which they dealt with the draft — in addition to choosing Love, they did not take a single huge receiver — and that is one thing that might pressure the connection Rodgers has with each normal supervisor Brian Gutekunst and coach Matt LaFleur.
With Love now within the fold, Rodgers appears to comprehend that he won’t be ending his profession in Green Bay.
“I feel the preliminary response [to the Packers selecting Love] was shock,” Rodgers mentioned again in May. “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.”
As for Love, he turns into the sixth first-round decide to signal a contract this yr, becoming a member of Tua Tagovailoa (Dolphins), Derrick Brown (Panthers), Javon Kinlaw (49ers), Austin Jackson (Dolphins) and Brandon Aiyuk (49ers).