Green Bay Packers star Aaron Rodgers acknowledges Green Bay drafting a quarterback in the first round surprised him and complicated his hopes of playing his entire career with the same team.

The Packers traded up four spots in the first round last month to take Utah State quarterback Jordan Love with the 26th overall pick. The move has raised speculation about Rodgers' long-term future in Green Bay, no matter how much team officials emphasized afterward that the two-time MVP remains the clear-cut starting quarterback for the foreseeable future.

"I think the general reaction at first was surprise, like many people," Rodgers said Friday in a conference call that marked his first public comments on the Packers' draft. "Obviously I'm not going to say that I was, you know, thrilled by the pick necessarily, but the organization is thinking not only about the present but about the future. And I respect that."

Rodgers, 36, has been with the Packers since they selected him 24th overall in 2005. Former Packers quarterback Brett Favre predicted earlier this month that Rodgers would finish his career somewhere other than Green Bay.

Rodgers has four years remaining on his contract after signing a four-year, $134 million extension in August 2018.

"My sincere desire to start and finish with the same organization, just as it has with many other players over the years, may not be a reality at this point,'' Rodgers said. ''As much as I understand the organization's future outlook and wanting to make sure they're thinking about the team now and down the line, and I respect that, at the same time I still believe in myself and have a strong desire to play into my 40s. I'm just not sure how that all works together at this point."

Of course, the Packers have dealt with this type of potentially awkward quarterback transition before. Rodgers is all too familiar with it.

Rodgers spent his first three seasons backing up Favre before earning the starting spot in 2007, a move that led to Favre's exit from Green Bay.

The difference is that Favre openly pondered retirement at the time the Packers drafted Rodgers, and Rodgers wants to play several more years.

Rodgers says he's always had good relationships with his backup quarterbacks and expects a similar dynamic with Love. He said he's had "some great conversations" with Love and noted they have something in common as players who weren't heavily recruited out of high school.

"He didn't get asked to be drafted by the Packers," Rodgers said. "He's not to blame at all. He's just coming in excited for his opportunity. We had a great conversation the day after the draft and I'm excited to work with him. He seems like a really good kid with a good head on his shoulders."