Brett Favre says there’s one big difference between Packers drafting Rodgers in 2005 and Love in 2020

Brett Favre has made the rounds regarding the future of Aaron Rodgers with the Green Bay Packers, even predicting that Rodgers won’t spend his entire career with Green Bay after the Packers selected Jordan Love in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. 

Favre was in his age-36 season — just like Rodgers is currently — when the Packers selected Rodgers in the first round of the 2005 draft after he fell all the way to No. 24 overall. However, Favre recently said there was a big difference between that situation and the Packers drafting a first-round QB this year.

“I think when I look at this situation with Aaron and my situation, yes, they’re very, very similar,”  Favre said, via Jason Wilde of the Wisconsin State-Journal. “But there is a big difference: They were several plays away from the Super Bowl this year. When we drafted Aaron, that wasn’t the case.”

The Packers finished 10-6 in that 2004 season and won the NFC North with the third-ranked offense, but were defeated at home on wild card weekend against the sixth-seeded Minnesota Vikings. Green Bay hadn’t appeared in a NFC Championship Game since 1997 despite having four consecutive 10-win seasons. Simply put, the Packers were behind the Philadelphia Eagles and Seattle Seahawks in terms of competing for the NFC title (the Eagles played in four consecutive NFC Championship Games and the Seahawks were a year away from making a Super Bowl run themselves). 

While the Packers’ 13-3 record in 2020 was a bit deceiving, they did reach the NFC Championship Game in head coach Matt LaFleur’s first season — which was also the first time Rodgers reached the conference championship game since the 2016 season. Rodgers completed 62% of his passes and threw for 4,002 yards with 26 touchdowns to just four interceptions, leading the NFL in lowest interception percentage (0.7). 

Green Bay is still a contender in the NFC as long as Rodgers is the franchise quarterback. Rodgers may not get to spend his entire career in Green Bay unless he decides to retire in the next few years. Economics will play a role in the Packers ultimately deciding to move on from Rodgers, according to Favre. 

“When his contract gets close to running out, it also will be running out for Jordan Love,” Favre said. “And at that point, do you re-up Aaron for (a few more years) for $40 or $50 million, or do you go with the young guy and give him a new deal? I just don’t see the young guy getting a new, blockbuster deal without ever really proving himself. That’s really why I said Aaron would probably play elsewhere.”

Rodgers’ current deal with the Packers ends after the 2023 season, so he has four more years on the contract. Love will sign a four-year deal that will last until 2023 with a fifth-year option since he was a first-round pick. Will the Packers really wait until Rodgers is 40 before playing Love, especially since they can save $22.6 million in cap space two years from now?

Here’s where Love gets his opportunity. 

“They drafted him to be the next quarterback. And that move is going to have to be made in the near future. I wouldn’t say in the next two years — if Aaron were to get hurt God forbid, then it would happen sooner rather than later — but if it plays out like you expect, Aaron plays the way he always plays and it gets to contract time, I don’t know what they’re going to do,” Favre said. 

“But they drafted (Love) to make that move at that point. So I don’t see them drafting him in the first round — trading up and drafting him in the first round — to let him sit for eight more years.” 

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