From the moment it happened, you just knew it was going to be a problem. Coming off an appearance in the NFC Championship Game in 2019, the Green Bay Packers looked to be a piece or two away from a Super Bowl run. Instead, the WR-needy Packers opted to trade up to select quarterback Jordan Love in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft.
Packers fans went ballistic on Twitter, but Rodgers poured himself four fingers of tequila and went back to work. He responded with an MVP-caliber campaign, ultimately falling just short in the NFC Championship Game once again. It's hard not to wonder what would've happened if Green Bay traded up for a stud like Justin Jefferson or Brandon Aiyuk instead of Love.
And now, Rodgers' frustration with the team appears to be boiling over. Amidst mysterious quotes about his future and reports indicating he's looking for a new contract, Green Bay might need to end up trading Love to re-affirm its commitment to the presumptive league MVP. If the Packers do make the Utah State product available, here are his three most likely trade destinations this offseason.
3. Washington Football Team
With a ton of cap space and a mid-first-round pick, the Washington Football Team is going to be involved in just about every QB rumor imaginable this offseason. While the team might prefer to target a veteran like Matthew Stafford, or take a flyer on someone like Gardner Minshew, this is still a really young organization. Love would have more talent than most of the QBs available to Washington in the Draft, and the 22-year-old would fit this team's timeline perfectly. If he pans out, Love would raise this team's ceiling in a way that Alex Smith or a rookie like Mac Jones just can't.
2. Chicago Bears
Green Bay trading Love to its arch-nemesis might not sit well with the Packers' faithful, but it'd be a whole lot easier to stomach than losing Rodgers. From the Chicago Bears' perspective, this deal makes a ton of sense. The Bears are reportedly hoping to be heavily involved in the QB carousel this offseason, but they don't have the cap space to pick up a stud passer and their draft pick (No. 20) isn't high enough to land a prized rookie. In terms of raw talent, Love is probably the most-talented signal-caller Chicago would have a semi-realistic shot to land this offseason.
1. Pittsburgh Steelers
The Dwayne Haskins signing seemed to be a signal that the Pittsburgh Steelers know the Ben Roethlisberger era is on its last legs. And it might already be over after Roethlisberger's terrible showing against the Cleveland Browns in the Wild Card Round. As a 6-foot-4, 220-pound passer, Love is the tough, big-bodied QB Pittsburgh always seems to target. And there were some rumors linking Love to the Steelers in the pre-draft process last year. This would also get Love out of the NFC, which could be appealing to Green Bay.
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