Brian Gutekunst says he hasn't spoken to Rodgers about his future

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (CBS 58) -- Green Bay Packers General Manager Brian Gutekunst is like everyone else that follows the green and gold, waiting for an answer from Aaron Rodgers.

He says the two have not talked since Rodgers emerged from his darkness retreat to talk about his future. But he was asked today down at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis if he wants Aaron Rodgers back as the Packers starting quarterback. Rodgers is owed $59.5 million in 2023.

"Those discussions have to happen and making sure that it's the right fit. Obviously, we know the kind of player that Aaron is. Once we have those conversations, we'll be able to move forward with more to say," said Gutekunst.

The Packers do have Jordan Love on the roster. The former first round pick in 2020, is entering the fourth year of his rookie contract. He will be available for a fifth year player option estimated at $20.27 million. Gutekunst thinks Love's ready for an expanded role.

"I think he's ready to play. I think he's ready to be an NFL starting quarterback. He's worked really hard, he's shown a lot of progression, know he's really eager to have that. I think that's the next step in his progression is to play," says Gutekunst.

The Packers will have a lot to consider leading up to extended conversations with Rodgers.

"Everything is a part of it. I think we're constantly evaluating where we are as a football team and what's best for the Green Bay Packers. Those are daily conversations. There will be a point where we have to make those decisions here sooner where we'll have to make some decisions and move forward," said Gutekunst.

He still expects a decision to come before free agency. NFL free agency negotiations can begin on March 13 with the signing period starting on March 15.

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