The Green Bay Packers raised a few eyebrows on Draft Night 2020 by trading up in the first round to select quarterback Jordan Love in the first round. That undoubtedly made Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers expendable. Rodgers is still playing at a high level after signing a four year, $134 million dollar contract before the 2018 season. Love will probably spend at least one year serving as Rodgers’ backup, while Rodgers is expected to serve as Love’s mentor. Anyone expecting a seamless mentoring relationship between Rodgers and Love could be in for a rude awakening.
The Washington Redskins have second year quarterback Dwayne Haskins entrenched as the starter. Or is he? The Redskins signed former Carolina Panthers’ quarterback Kyle Allen, who played for Redskins’ head coach Ron Rivera when Rivera was the Panthers’ head coach in 2019. Rivera inherited Haskins and has no obligation to keep him as the starter despite Haskins being selected in the first round in 2019. Allen’s familiarity with Rivera gives him the edge, but he’s not considered a long term solution at quarterback. Should the Redskins consider signing Rodgers whenever his tenure in Green Bay ends?
The answer is no. The Redskins can’t go the route of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, signing an older quarterback to lead their team. Rodgers would be better than any quarterback the Redskins have had under center within the last 30 years regarding overall team success. The difference is Buccaneers’ quarterback Tom Brady has proven veteran offensive talent in wide receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, not to mention Brady’s former tight end in New England, Rob Gronkowski. They’re built to win now.
Aside from wide receiver Terry McLaurin, Washington doesn’t have any proven playmakers on offense. The Redskins drafted wide receivers Antonio Gibson and Antonio Gandy-Golden in 2020 as part of the youth movement to support McLaurin. As talented as Rodgers is, he hasn’t shown to have the patience or inspirational ability to inspire his teammates when things aren’t going well. Bringing Rodgers at such a high price tag at an advanced age is a ploy to put fans in the stands. But it’s not conducive to winning.
Of course this is all speculation. Redskins’ fans hope Haskins can continue to develop and play well with the current mix of veterans and rookies on offense for years to come. While Rodgers is a first ballot Hall of Famer, if Washington can improve over time with Haskins under center, they won’t need to consider adding Rodgers.