Green Bay Packers backup quarterback Jordan Love believes that he'll be "100-percent ready" to start the team's regular season opener against the Saints in New Orleans on Sept. 12. After all, the former first-round pick is getting valuable first-team practice reps, while Aaron Rodgers holds out.
But will Rodgers' absence linger into the regular season? Green Bay should be prepared for the possibility, according to Tyler Dunne of GoLongTD.com.
"I don't think that anything has changed since that bomb dropped Day 1 of the Draft. And, obviously, it was bad before then," Dunne told The DA Show on Friday. "This is something that's been going on all offseason. And it's not about money. They're willing to pay him, more than anybody. It's not about the team, it's not about winning. I mean, the roster they have was one game away from the Super Bowl. And hey, they get to the Super Bowl if Aaron Rodgers sells out at the goal line on third down. Instead, he throws it across his body.
"I think that it's something about principle in his mind... He needs people to go. He needs to see major, major changes to the front office. He believes the culture is bad in Green Bay. It's strange -- it seems like this is the place a quarterback would want to be. He's got all the freedom at the line of scrimmage, that's what he craved for so long. He's got all this talent, and can have all the money he wants. But I don't see him getting past that in his brain, just magically showing up Day 1 of training camp with a big smile on his face.
"So, if I'm Green Bay, it's time to look in the mirror. They know his personality. They know how he holds a grudge. They know he just eliminates people from his life more than anybody. So, trade him him. Get picks, get players. I think it's going to take that realization for Mark Murphy and Brian Gutekunst to move on from Aaron Rodgers, or else this thing is only going to poison the team more and more. I'd be shocked if he showed up Day 1 of training camp... What I've been told again and again and again is, he's ain't showing up. Nothing has changed. He's ain't playing for the Packers..."
Rodgers, the reigning league MVP, completed a career-high 70.7-percent of his passes for 4,299 yards with 48 touchdowns and just five interceptions last season. He also set three NFL records, including the most games with a passer rating over 120.0 in a season (10) and the most games with three-plus touchdowns and no picks in a season (9).
According to Spotrac.com, Rodgers, 37, has three years remaining on his contract with the Packers, and his cap hit of $37.2 million this upcoming season is expected to lead the NFL.
The entire NFL conversation with Dunne can be accessed in the audio player above.