The Green Bay Packers faithful absolutely couldn't believe that the team used their first-round selection on Utah State quarterback Jordan Love, despite the presence of Aaron Rodgers. But now, it's "officially official."
On Wednesday afternoon, the Packers announced that Love has signed his rookie contract. The deal is for four-years, worth around $12.4 million, which includes a fifth-year option. To add to the special day, Love received a $6.5 million bonus upon signing.
During the pre-draft process this year, it was known that the Packers were interested in Love's services, along with the Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints. However, many thought that Love would fall early into the second round.
But the Packers shocked every analyst and fan by trading up to No. 26 overall by sending the Miami Dolphins their 30th overall pick and fourth-round pick (No. 136). Packers fans were expecting them to select an offensive playmaker or a rush defender, but not a young signal-caller. The team has Rodgers under contract for four more seasons.
Despite the fit, Love does have potential to be an explosive playmaker in the NFL. Many draft experts have compared his skillset to Kansas City Chiefs passer Patrick Mahomes, which would entice any team. However, Love was coming off a down season with Utah State, where he threw for 3,402 yards, 20 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.
It's time to feel the love for your quarterback of the future, Cheeseheads! And yes, pun was definitely intended here.