Packers GM Gutekunst: Aaron Rodgers ‘is our guy’

Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst said Monday that despite nationwide speculation about the Packers’ possible desire to hand the QB keys over to 2020 first-rounder Jordan Love, Aaron Rodgers “is our guy.”

“He’s going to be our QB for the foreseeable future,” Gutekunst said. “We’re excited about the things we’re going to try to accomplish over the next couple years.”

The Packers did not alter Rodgers’ current deal, which expires after 2023, during the team’s flurry of moves to get under the reduced 2021 salary cap.

“We certainly think with the contract you’re talking about, that’s something we’ll work through. We’re going to have to do probably a few things with different contracts as we head towards the season and through the season to make sure our salary cap situation not only this year but in 2022 is square.”

As for Thursday’s first round of the NFL Draft, the Packers sit at 29th overall. Since his first season as GM, Gutekunst has traded up in the first round every season.

Gutekunst said he likes where this team is at, having been so close to Super Bowl appearances the last two years, so making deals again in the first round may be a reality to get a player that could make a difference.

“When you’re sitting at 29, and watching those kinds of players come off the board who you spent so much time studying and thinking about how they could affect your football team, it’s always tempting,” Gutekunst said. “And if it makes sense, we certainly wouldn’t be afraid to do that.”

The Packers have 10 total draft picks for the 2021 draft, including three in the top 100.