Should the Colts go after Jordan Love if he requests a trade from the Packers?
Jordan Love could reportedly request a trade from the Green Bay Packers after the season. If he does, should the Indianapolis Colts target him?
The Green Bay Packers are a bit too good at making sure they’re always covered at the quarterback position. Ideally, the quarterback position should always be taken care of but Green Bay has made a habit of preparing for the future while the present is still around, and that usually leads to problems. It first happened with Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers, and now, all signs are pointing to it happening again with Rodgers and Jordan Love.
Recently, it was reported that Jordan Love is likely to request a trade if Rodgers decides to return for another season. In recent years, Rodgers has still been playing good football, so the franchise is unlikely to force him out, but that means Love will be a first-round quarterback entering his third season without a real opportunity to start. A talented player can’t waste that many prime years, so a trade makes sense for Love.
A trade will also make sense for the plenty of quarterback-needy teams in the NFL like the Indianapolis Colts. Indy has been trying its hardest to find its quarterback of the future since Andrew Luck retired, and the team is yet to be successful. Could Jordan Love be the guy that brings stability back to the quarterback position in Indianapolis?
Does it make sense for Colts to trade for Jordan Love?
The biggest challenge with acquiring Love is evaluating him. The majority of his first two seasons have been spent on Green Bay’s bench, so teams don’t necessarily know what they’re getting in Love or what’s an appropriate trade package. Love’s most recent real action came in Week 12 against the Philadelphia Eagles when Rodgers left with an injury.
Jordan Love stepped in and he looked impressive, completing 6-of-9 passes for 113 yards and one touchdown. In the limited action, Love was doing everything well and even received high praise from Philly’s quality defense. Is that enough for the Colts to send over a draft pick to the Packers? Honestly, it may be.
Love makes sense for Indianapolis, not necessarily because he’s proven himself in the league, but because the Colts’ options are a bit limited going into next year. There’s a chance that Indy could sneak into the top five and draft one of the top quarterbacks from this class but that’s no guarantee. If Indy falls outside of the top five, the team will either have to trade up to get a quarterback, overdraft a guy that should go lower, or select another position and go with an aging veteran that isn’t the answer for another season.
If those are the options, it makes sense for the Colts to call Green Bay and see what the team wants in return to move Jordan Love. If Indy can pull off a trade, they’ll have a young quarterback with upside and will still be able to address another position of need in the top 10 of the 2023 NFL Draft. Of course, this all depends on if Rodgers returns, Love really wants a trade, and the Packers are actually willing to do business.