Inexperienced Bay Packers normal supervisor Brian Gutekunst met with the media for an end-of-the-year presser on Friday, marking the primary time he is spoken with the press for the reason that Packers’ bye week and solely the second time since remaining cuts following the preseason . Within the interview session, Gutekunst described the crew’s anticipated plans going into the 2023 seasons, together with most notably how they really feel about their franchise quarterback.
When the subject of quarterback Aaron Rodgers got here up, Gutekunst said, “I would like all these guys again,” which appeared like he was sidestepping the query till he was hit with a follow-up. He later mentioned, “We made a very massive dedication to him final offseason. As we did that, it actually wasn’t only for this yr.” That was nearly a word-for-word repeat of what he mentioned through the bye week, when each he and head coach Matt LaFleur made it clear that they want Rodgers to be the quarterback of the crew in 2023.
It appears as if the choice might be within the palms of Rodgers, who for the third straight offseason goes to have each motion of his watched like a hawk till he chooses to hold up his cleats or return to the crew. After the season finale, Rodgers said to the media that he was not going to “maintain [the Packers] hostage” and that he would make a selection earlier than free company begins in March.
What does that imply for Jordan Love, the second-string quarterback who the crew drafted within the first spherical three courses in the past? The overall supervisor mentioned, “We actually like the place Jordan is. We expect he is able to play,” however when the subject of Love’s fifth-year possibility (or a potential extension) got here up, he claimed, “I would not say that is a given. I feel we’re kinda working by means of what’s greatest.”
That is a little bit of a change of tune, as Gutekunst mentioned, “I feel from our finish of it, we have seen what we have to see,” with reference to Love and his fifth-year possibility through the bye week interview. The choice on selecting up a 2024 yr on Love’s deal will must be made this offseason, nevertheless it won’t impression the Packers’ 2023 cap house. Choosing up the choice, which might be totally assured and never an insignificant wage, will surely put a variety of stress on the Rodgers or Love debate in 2023.
The quarterbacks weren’t the one gamers who had been singled out, although. On left sort out David Bakhtiari returning to the Packers in 2023, Gutekunst said, “I’d hope so. We’re hopeful that he kinda cleared a few of these damage hurdles.” Bakhtiari, who has performed in 12 out of the potential 34 video games during the last two seasons, instructions $17.5 million in money and a $29.1 million cap hit in 2023 as his contract at the moment sits.
When working again Aaron Jones — who’s due $16 million in money and a $20 million cap hit — was introduced up, Gutekunst joked, “Properly with the best way we have been doing issues currently, we’ll in all probability restructure all people and preserve making an attempt to make some room.” The overall supervisor would later say, “Definitely, we count on to have [Jones] again.”
From a particular groups perspective, Gutekunst claims that the crew will proceed to make use of roster spots for particular groups particular gamers as that they had underneath Yr 1 of particular groups coordinator Wealthy Bisaccia’s reign. This notably impacts the security place, the place the Packers had six gamers on the 53-man roster on the finish of the season. Three of these gamers are set to be free brokers, so count on Inexperienced Bay to hit that place within the draft and free company.
It is value mentioning right here that defensive coordinator Joe Barry returning did come up within the presser and Gutekunst didn’t push again on it being a reality. At one level, he mentioned that he leaves the teaching selections to LaFleur and that he and the entrance workplace are merely there to help his decisions.