"I understand it’s a business, I understand the nature of the business," Rodgers said. "I’m not here advocating my spot by any means, that’s not going to happen. But I understand how the business works. Was I bummed out? Of course. Who wouldn’t be?"
The situation Rodgers finds himself in now is similar to what Brett Favre experienced after the Packers drafted Rodgers out of the University of California, Berkeley, in 2005. He spent his first three years playing back-up to the aging Favre, and eventually took over the starting quarterback position in 2008.
Favre then joined with the New York Jets after splitting from Green Bay, and later signed with the Packers' longtime rivals, the Minnesota Vikings, before retiring for good in 2010. Rodgers won the Super Bowl in 2010 and was named the NFL MVP in 2011 and 2014.
When considering a potential split with the Packers, Rodgers did not immediately reject the idea he could sign with another Green Bay rival — the Chicago Bears.
“Oh man, that’s a tough thought right there,” he told The Ringer while laughing.
Despite how he felt about the Packers' decision to select a quarterback in the draft, Rodgers extended a congratulatory greeting to Love the next day.
"I know what he is going through,” Rodgers told The Ringer. “The last thing you want is any negativity about realizing a childhood dream. I just told him, ‘Congrats, man. I understand what you’re going through. It’s super exciting. I’m excited to work with you,’ which I am."
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