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Packer’s trade proposal flips Jordan Love to AFC North for draft pick

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The Green Bay Packers have a short window of a year or maybe two to either install Jordan Love as their quarterback of the future or trade him while his value remains substantial.

Moving an asset like love is complicated. His first-round draft status and manageable contract make him a desirable candidate, but his lack of production and lack of a decent sample size by which to accurately judge him raise significant question marks. Timing is also an issue, as Love has two years left on his rookie deal, to which the Packers can add a fifth season by exercising a team option until next offseason.

Love’s eventual trade exit from Green Bay now seems more likely than ever after two-time reigning MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers just signed the richest annual overtime in NFL history, earning him nearly $151 million over the next three seasons. will bring in dollars. But the Packers don’t need to rush a deal for Love. You have the luxury of waiting for the right offer. However, they cannot wait too long and risk missing an opportunity to move a superfluous player into their roster for top ratings.

There’s a chance the iron will be the hottest for Green Bay in the next few weeks as Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson awaits a potentially lengthy suspension on two dozen sexual misconduct allegations against the former Houston Texans member. If the Packers can get a third-round pick or better from the Browns in exchange for Love, it could prove too good to pass up.

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NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported in May that the Packers will consider selling Love at the Right Price, meaning the team is listening but hasn’t yet heard an offer from potential suitors that matches their desired booty.

“I think they had a certain interest [during draft weekend]. I don’t think they had an offer that would make it so they had to move on [Love]’ Rapoport said May 10 on The Pat McAfee Show. “I guarantee someone would trade a fifth round for Jordan Love. I’m sure someone would trade a four-rounder for Jordan Love. But is that enough for the Packers?”

“Well, if anyone’s willing, maybe give one [second-rounder], definitely; or a [third-rounder], may be. Then I think [the Packers] would say, ‘You know what, we’ll take these [trade]’We’ll sign a veteran backup and take care of it,'” added Rapoport. “It’s just the value that’s nowhere near what they would do it for.”

Despite what they gave up to trade Watson this offseason, the Browns own the rights to eight draft picks in 2023, including a second-round pick and a third-round pick, according to the official website of the team.

After guaranteeing Watson $230 million over the next five years, Cleveland has officially passed the point of no return when it comes to activating “win-now mode.” The team always suspected a possible suspension for Watson, but alienated their best option of replacing him at Baker Mayfield by taking on Watson in the first place.

The Browns signed Jacoby Brissett, who was an underperforming starter in six NFL seasons, and also added Josh Dobbs, formerly of the Pittsburgh Steelers, with the New England Patriots and Cleveland respectively, although he has only played in the regular season since his first action in 2018 threw 17 passes.

All indications are that the Browns just don’t have enough on the position with Watson out, and Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot reported Friday, July 15 that the team will be pursuing another signal caller if he is should receive a longer suspension.

The length of Watson’s punishment could well dictate where the Browns will ultimately go. The NFL is demanding a full season on the sidelines for the embattled QB with an option to seek reinstatement afterward, while the NFL Players Association is pushing for the exact opposite.

Should Watson miss most or all of the season, a longer-term solution like Love or the San Francisco 49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo might make the most sense. If Watson’s suspension is halfway through the year or less, a security blanket like Cam Newton behind Brissett might be the better answer.

If the former proves the case and Watson is sidelined for the long term, it’s hard to imagine the Browns would view a third-round pick or even a second-round pick as too high to potentially salvage what will already be a costly season.

As for the Packers, they may never again be able to match that value for Love on the open market, especially if he plays another full season and plays almost exclusively minutes that don’t matter.

Should Watson miss most or all of the season, a longer-term solution like Love or the San Francisco 49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo might make the most sense. If Watson’s suspension is halfway through the year or less, a security blanket like Cam Newton behind Brissett might be the better answer.



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