Packer fans can rejoice! As per usual, the season of falling in love with a backup quarterback for the Packers is upon us, this year, that quarterback will be USFL 2022 & 2023 Champion (and 2023 MVP) Alex McGough (Birmingham Stallions). Alex officially signed with the Packers this past Wednesday, Joining the likes of Jordan Love, Sean Clifford, and Danny Etling.
McGough signed a 1yr – $870,000 contract with the Green Bay Packers, the NFL Vet minimum is set at $750,000 for 2023, so McGough was able to negotiate for a $120,000 raise after his record setting MVP season. McGough’s contract has no guaranteed money, meaning he will not be a cap casualty if cut, so he must prove his worth to Green Bay through the pre-season. One positive to this is a recent NFL rule change, which has teams keep a 90 man roster all the way until August 29th, and then doing a final cutdown to 53. This gives McGough the entire pre-season and training camp to prove and work his way to the final 53 man roster.
Alex reportedly had the NFL on notice after his MVP season, in which we saw him put up
According to @AaronWilson_NFL Alex McGough “has drawn interest from roughly a third of the league after throwing 20 TDs, rushing for 400 yards and five scores.“ So, it’s easy to see why the Packers had jumped on him so quickly, and were willing to pay more than the minimum. We also know that McGough had workouts scheduled with the Jaguars and the Texans, both of which teams he has spent time with. So, if the Packers decide to not keep him around, there is significant interest elsewhere in the NFL for the dual threat MVP.
I am certain the Packers will retain McGough after camp cutdowns, but only time will tell. He could help any team in the NFL, as a gadget QB (as we have seen with Saints QB Taysom Hill) or as a potential starter. Being in great shape after a 12 week USFL season certainly helps him. McGough’s big frame helps him absorb hits, and his fiery attitude and feisty soul are perfect for any NFL team.
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