Green Bay Packers traded quarterback Aaron Rodgers to the New York Jets last month, immediately giving former BYU QB Zach Wilson a veteran mentor and opening the door for former Utah State QB Jordan Love to take the top job with the Packers.
On Tuesday, Love got some assurance from the Packers that he was their guy.
Love signed a one-year extension with the Packers worth up to $22.5 million, with $13.5 million fully guaranteed, per a report from ESPN. He’ll be with the team through the 2024 season.
The Packers drafted Love 26th overall in 2020. He played six games in the 2021 season, and four last season. In those 10 games, he’s thrown for 606 yards and three touchdowns.
But Love, whose breakout year with the Aggies occurred in 2018 as he threw for 32 touchdowns with only six interceptions, will get more bites at the proverbial apple if he indeed earns the No. 1 job next season. At Utah State, he consistently showed an ability to launch accurate long balls and make plays when chased out of the pocket.
The Packers have repeatedly expressed support for Love during the offseason, as Rodgers’ future with the club grew uncertain.
“We’re really excited where Jordan could go,” Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst said after Rodgers’ move to the Jets was finalized. “He needs to play, and having him sit another year, I think, would have really delayed kind of where we were going and what we’re trying to build.”
He added: “There were a number of times because of Aaron’s injuries where he had to kind of take over the ones during practice in some of the competitive areas, and I just think you saw him grow and grow and grow.”
— The Associated Press contributed to this report.