Jordan Love’s optimistic extension will be done through training camp

GREEN BAY, Wis. – Jordan Love has reason to believe he will have finalized a contract extension with the Green Bay Packers by the time they open training camp on July 22.

What made Love so optimistic when he spoke Tuesday on the first day of the team’s mandatory minicamp?

“It’s what I heard,” Love said.

Considering that Love said he would like to be involved and keep abreast of developments, there is reason to believe they have made significant progress on an extension. When asked if things will continue to improve after this week’s minicamp, Love said, “Yes, I think they should.”

This comes just days after Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst spoke about a similar timeline on Milwaukee radio station 97.3 The Game.

“We are currently in those conversations,” Gutekunst told the station. “Both parties want the same thing. We certainly want to have this completed before training camp.”

During Love’s first season as a starter last year, he played on a mini-extension of his rookie deal. Instead of picking up the fifth-year option for 2024, the Packers signed him to an extension last May, paying more money upfront in the form of an $8,788,655 signing bonus, increasing his average annual salary to $13, 5 million.

At the time, the Packers weren’t sure if Love would be Aaron Rodgers’ long-term replacement. But after throwing for more than 4,100 yards and 32 touchdowns while leading the Packers to the NFC divisional round of the playoffs, they had their answer. However, a deal could not be struck immediately after last season as league rules prevent a second extension from taking place within the 12 months following the first extension of an original contract.

Love is now poised to become one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in the league after the last deal to close was Jared Goff’s extension with the Lions, worth an average of $53 million per season. Without a new deal, Love would make $11 million for the 2024 season.

Love was a full participant in the offseason program, which concludes with a second minicamp practice on Wednesday.

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