MADISON (WKOW) -- Aaron Rodgers spoke publicly for the first time since Green Bay drafted his potential replacement, Jordan Love. Rodgers did not sound bitter but assessed the situation honestly.
"The general reaction at first was surprise, like many people," Rodgers says of the Packers trading up in the first round to select Love. "Obviously, I'm not going to say I was thrilled by the pick necessarily, but I understand. The organization is thinking not only about the present but the future. I respect that."
Rodgers quickly reached out to Love. He says he anticipates a good relationship with his new backup.
"He didn't get asked to be drafted by the Packers. He's not to blame at all. He's just coming in excited about his opportunity. We had a great conversation the day after the draft. I'm excited to work with him."
Head coach Matt LaFleur has seen no indication the draft decision will affect Rodgers' approach.
"He's been such a pro. Every time we get together he just continues to prove why he's the leader of our team."
Rodgers sees the similarities to when he was drafted. However, he notes there's a big difference between his mindset and that of Brett Favre at the time. Favre was talking retirement. Rodgers insists he plans to play into his 40's. The 36-year old is currently under contract through 2023. If he does play into his 40's, it may very well be with a different team.
"My sincere desire to start and finish with the same organization, just as it has with many other players over the years, may not be a reality at this point... I still believe in myself, and I have a strong desire to play into my 40's. I'm just not sure how that all works together at this point."