The Green Bay Packers have been listed as a potential landing spot for one of the NFL’s most accomplished free-agent quarterbacks.
In a recent article penned by Cody Benjamin, CBS Sports names Green Bay as a fit for NFL MVP Cam Newton.
“Assuming Aaron Rodgers is eventually dealt to the Jets as per his wish, Green Bay could use a more experienced backup as Jordan Love, 24, makes his debut as QB1. Danny Etling, the other signal-caller on the roster, has never thrown an NFL pass. Packers head coach Matt LaFleur could also have some fun deploying Newton alongside A.J. Dillon on short-yardage packages.”
Newton looked sharp at Auburn’s Pro Day earlier in the week.
Might be my favorite throw of the night by Jordan Love.
Moves up in the pocket, keeps his eyes downfield, and throws a strike across his body that likely would’ve been a TD if not for a pretty clear DPI. pic.twitter.com/TU7f2Wx3SS
— Eli Berkovits (@BookOfEli_NFL) November 28, 2022
If Rodgers is shipped to New York, like everyone expects, the Packers will have two quarterbacks under contract for the 2023 season: Jordan Love and Danny Etling. Obviously, Love sets up to be the team’s starter as the Packers prepare for a new era of football.
But Etling isn’t exactly an ideal depth piece as a backup. In fact, since being drafted in the seventh round of the 2018 NFL Draft, Etling is yet to take a snap in the regular season.
Newton brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Packers’ quarterback room. However, he could add unnecessary pressure to Love, who will be adjusting to life as a full-time starter.
While Newton would absolutely be an upgrade in a backup role, it’s doubtful that the three-time Pro Bowler makes sense for the Packers.
In order to really understand what the team has in Love, Green Bay will have to evaluate the 2020 first-rounder through the ups and downs during the 2023 season.