The GB/Rodgers situation is very similar to the NE/Brady one. The Packers drafted Love when Rodgers was 36. He went on to an MVP season.This topic had me revisiting what the Packers did last year. Everyone thought it was an awful move to trade up for Jordan Love when they had Rodgers and could have used that pick to boost the offense even more with skill position players (in particular wr). BUT, Rodgers is in his late 30s...and they must have really liked the potential that Love has. You see the importance of having a good quarterback...it is a necessity in today’s game. They saw an opportunity to get a a guy with upside at the leagues most important position. It cost them a 4th rounder and their first (30th) to move up to 26 to select Love. I now look at what teams are paying for a chance to grab a QB and think maybe GB made the right move. Now I am not saying Love will be great (who knows), but if GB thinks that highly of him and it only costs an extra 4th to move up and get him...maybe they are smarter than I thought.
The Patriots drafted Garoppolo when Brady was 36. He went on to win the SB that season (in addition to two other SBs with NE) and another MVP.
In both cases, the younger QB was little more than insurance should something happen to the legendary one. Love will only play if Rodgers gets hurt, which will repress Love’s trade value. Brady and Brees have shown that QBs can be productive until age 40+. The Packers won’t know what they have in Love by the time his contract is up and will have to give him starting QB money without the benefit of having him on a cheap rookie deal.
The Patriots ran into that with Garoppolo. The only way to keep him was to franchise him (and they weren’t going to carry two QBs with a $50M cap charge. So they had to trade him.
I mostly agree with the argument that either the Patriots or Packers would have been better having used those picks on a different player instead. In Garoppolo’s case, Brady played well for way longer than Garoppolo’s time in NE, so the succession plan got blown up and then there wasn’t an heir apparent. That same scenario is a definite possibility with Rodgers and Love.