I’ll start this off by saying that this has nothing to do with the Aaron Rodgers’ situation. So if that’s why you’re here, I apologize—but even if things with QB1 were as smooth as could be, the Green Bay Packers would still be adding a quarterback, or possibly two, to this roster.
As it currently stands, Rodgers and Jordan Love are the only two quarterbacks on the Packers’ roster. Last year they carried three — with Tim Boyle being the third — but there have been other years where they’ve had just two. That really comes down to whether or not Green Bay feels it’s worth spending a roster spot on that third quarterback—and that’s an answer we won’t have until August.
But what the Green Bay Packers really need at this moment is depth. You simply cannot get through training camp with only two quarterbacks on the roster–there are just too many reps to go around. On top of that, even if the Packers choose to only carry two quarterbacks on the 53-man roster, they’ll likely want someone on the practice squad to develop and have for those “just in case” scenarios.
Honestly, I’m surprised that Green Bay didn’t spend one of their Day 3 selections on the position. To some extent, I almost expected it to happen, given that they have just two on the roster.
And this isn’t some wild statement by me either. During his post-draft press conference with reporters, Brian Gutekunst told us this would be happening, saying that they will add at least one and potentially two quarterbacks to the roster yet, looking at both undrafted rookies as well as veterans who are still available.
A few notable veterans still on the free-agent market include Robert Griffin — who was in Washington the same time as LaFleur — Brett Hundley, Brian Hoyer, and Nick Mullens, who played in San Francisco under Kyle Shanahan.
Perhaps more than being just a camp body, a veteran can provide some sort of stability — even if it’s just a little — if Rodgers does in fact get traded or choose not to play, we still have no clue how all of that will play out. But as I said, while this could be in the back of Gutey’s mind, these additions were going to take place regardless of Green Bay’s relationship with Rodgers.
At this moment, between the players already on the roster, the new draft class, and a handful of UDFA signings, the Green Bay Packers have 88 of their 90 available roster spots accounted for. So there is still room, but depending on what other players they want to add — and maybe there are none — we could see them cut one or two of the players they signed in January to a futures deal.
So in the coming days, weeks, or however long it takes — but I’d anticipate sooner than later — expect the Packers to sign a quarterback and don’t be surprised when it happens. It’s also not a sign of any changes in the Rodgers situation; this was always going to happen.