Love agreed Wednesday with the Packers on a fully guaranteed, four-year rookie contract, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
According to Garafolo, Love is the first 26th overall selection in the current version of the rookie contract system to receive a full guarantee, demonstrating the team's confidence in the Utah State product. A controversial pick by Green Bay due to the presence of veteran signal-caller Aaron Rodgers, Love no doubt will be relegated to clipboard duties for at least the next couple of seasons as he learns the ropes. In the long run, though, Love figures to be the successor to Rodgers. Love is coming off a collegiate career in which he averaged 7.6 yards per attempt while tossing 60 touchdowns versus 29 interceptions in 38 games.
The Packers selected Love in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, 26th overall.
Green Bay traded up from 30 to take a player who's ostensibly the long-term replacement for Aaron Rodgers, evidently unconcerned that the team's short-term political stability might be harmed in the process. To make this pick is to undermine Rodgers and the immediate competitiveness of the Packers, and no lip service can get around that fact. If Matt LaFleur can turn Love's raw skills into polished production, then the alienation this pick brings might be redeemed in hindsight. For now, though, Love arrives from Utah State with substantial turnover concerns despite his plus physical tools at 6-foot-4, 224 pounds.