Green Bay Packers Off-Season Review

Green Bay Packers Off-Season Review

  • Aaron Jones
  • Aaron Rodgers
  • Ahman Green
  • brian gutekunst
  • Davante Adams
  • Green Bay Packers
  • Hall of Fame
  • Jaire Alexander
  • Jordan Love
  • Kenny Clark
  • NFL
  • NFl Draft
  • Preston Smith
  • Rashan Gary
  • Utah State
  • Za'Darius Smith
By Nick Holz July 22, 2020 0 Comment

Packers draft may actually be clairvoyant

Quizzically, in a historic draft for wide receiving talent, Green Bay decided against drafting one. Adding to Aaron Rodgers weapon closet was thought to be high on Green Bay’s priority list. Clearly, analysts and fans alike were wrong. The selection of a quarterback of the future was always coming. Although, failing to draft players to help elongate the career of their current Hall of Fame signal caller with the next two picks was puzzling.

Upon further review, the Packers picks make sense.

Let’s be real, Aaron Rodgers cannot play the game forever. The most talented quarterback in NFL history only has so much magic left in his right arm. He’s locked in to being the Packers starting quarterback until at least 2021. Then, things get interesting.

If released during the 2021 off-season, Rodgers cap hit would only be about 17-million dollars. Allowing the Packers to transition to the Jordan Love era at a reasonable rate. Looking towards the future is a much maligned, but often underrated part of team building in the win-now NFL.

Many heads shook in bewilderment after the Packers selections on the first two nights of the draft. However, after taking a look at the rest of Green Bay’s roster. These selections may be fortuitous.

Packers roster will be ready to win

Adrian Amos, Jaire Alexander, Preston and Za’Darius Smith contracts are all locked in through the 2022 season. Once the monstrous Kenny Clark, and All-Pro left tackle David Bahktiari sign extensions following this season, the Packers core will be secured for at least the front half of this decade. The Packers cannot simply draft a quarterback the year the wheels fall off of Aaron Rodgers, and expect him to waltz into Mordor and destroy the ring. This Packers team will be in their prime and built to win.

Green Bay employs legit building blocks at every level of the defense. Jaire Alexander is already a top tier cover man, and is only going to improve in the coming years. Moreover, 2018 first round pick Darnell Savage could very well develop into a star safety. While Amos will remain to help patrol the back end of the defense. Perhaps most importantly, the development of Rashan Gary could make the Packers pass rush absolutely lethal. And there is every opportunity for the off-ball linebacking corp to be improved in the draft.

Davante Adams is a star number one receiver, who will still be in his prime and able to help Love transition into the starting role. Much in the same way Greg Jennings once did for Rodgers. Re-signing the route running savant will be a foregone conclusion in Green Bay. Love will also have the added bonus of handing off to the Packers 230-pound behemoth of a running back. The Utah State alum will step right into a ready made backfield, with an elite left tackle, and a championship level defense. That is a Lombardi trophy winning strategy.

Aaron may not be part of the future, but Love will lead the way

Whether or not the Packers choose to re-sign star running back Aaron Jones will have little effect on the team’s future. The former fifth round pick has been a revelation in Green Bay, and still isn’t given the respect he deserves on a national level. However, the last running back to receive a second contract in Green Bay was…Ahman Green. While Jones possesses the innate ability to make the impossible look easy, it’s tough to envision the Packers brass shelling out top dollar to a non-premium position.

Additionally, it’s even more difficult to believe the former UTEP star will still be playing at this level in 2022. Still, should the Packers somehow find a way to get their star man signed to a team friendly deal, the sky’s the limit. Love will strut his way into the cushiest quarterbacking seat in NFL history. A two-headed running back monstrosity will work wonders for a first year starter. Paired with an experienced offensive line, and an elite defense, a Super Bowl in his first year as a starter isn’t out of the question for Love. The Packers have implemented an absolutely brilliant blueprint for future success.

In essence, the Packers have now perfectly set the stage for the team’s transition period post-Aaron Rodgers. While so many General Managers around the league looked towards improving to win in 2020, (looking at you Tampa Bay), Brian Gutekunst has locked up his team’s future. Entering his third year as GM, Gutekunst has the Packers perfectly placed to remain in the upper echelon of football for the next decade. As the rest of the league languishes about playing checkers, Green Bay is playing chess. Sorry Bears fans, championship level football at 1265 Lombardi Avenue is here to stay.

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