From all appearances, the Green Bay Packers seem ready to stand up in their tails, apologize for their transgressions, and give one of the best players in franchise history all he can. wants to make amends.
Then on Monday came an NFL Network report that the issue that was “a bit of a death knell” for the Rodgers-Packers split was the release of wide receiver Jake Kumerow on September 5.
Yes, Jake Kumerow.
If that’s what created the rift between the two sides, the Packers should just throw their hands up and trade Rodgers. While GM Brian Gutekunst can’t make the decision to take a free agent off the streets with 20 career touches without consulting his star quarterback, there is nothing he can do to satisfy him at this point.
Rodgers’ grudge runs too deep, and for the sake of the organization, Gutekunst now needs to get the most out of Rodgers.
To be true, nowhere is it on the level of Tom Brady ranting when Bill Belichick doesn’t pay preferred wide receiver Deion Branch or release popular security attorney Milloy. Rodgers was upset that Gutekunst had chosen a younger, stronger and better special teams player in Malik Taylor over Kumerow, 28.
It should be noted that Kumerow signed with the Buffalo Bills after being cut, playing six games, catching a pass for a 22-yard touchdown and being cut. He was re-signed as a term free agent after the season.
Rodgers didn’t admit that Kumerow’s cut was what irritated him the most, but he praised Kumerow on national radio two days before the Packers cut him, so you can see why it sounded like to a slap in the face. But should that really be a big part of the grievance as to why he never wants to play with the Packers again?
It must come from Rodgers. He’s smart and has seen people on his side divulge why he’s angry with the Packers rather than addressing him publicly. This gives him a chance later to deny that it all came from him when it absolutely had to come from him.
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If you know Rodgers, he’s as private as it gets, and if someone in his circle was spreading information they didn’t want to see, you can bet that person would be out of the mix. So believe everything.
If he wanted to correct the narrative, he could speak on one of his buddies’ radio shows without fear of being challenged or asked a tough question.
The Packers, who are at fault in this argument due to Gutekunst’s poor communication with his quarterback, know Rodgers is crazy about Kumerow’s decision. Crazy about the release of Jordy Nelson (he played a year later). Mad about the editorial staff of Jordan Love. Crazy that coach Matt LaFleur went for a basket after Rodgers failed three times to score from the 8-yard line in the NFC Championship game. And he is furious that he has not been offered a long-term extension with several years of guaranteed money.
He might even want Gutekunst fired.
It’s been one slap after another from Rodgers’ point of view, and now he wants to take the franchise hostage to satisfy his grudges.
As great as Rodgers is, the Packers would be foolish to guarantee more than this year and part of next. He’s 37, and the “make-them-pay” fuel that many believe he used last year will do nothing for him when the machines stop working.
Rodgers did everything for him
The team is not considered at all. No one should blame him for using his influence to make more money – he plays in a cut-throat economy where No.1 counts – but his demands are against his best interests.
If he wants to compete for the Super Bowls, he needs to help the Packers sort out their salary cap situation. They’re so tight under the cap not because they wasted money on underperforming free agents, but because they signed some really good contracts with their top players, including him.
The Packers will no doubt give him time to see if Rodgers changes his mind, but they should set a deadline of June 1. If they can’t convince him to report, they should seek him out with the intention of trading him before training camp begins. . If they find a willing partner, negotiating him would earn a $ 14.7 million cap, which would be all they would need to get through the season.
Giving up on Rodgers would be hard to digest. He gives you a chance to win every time he enters the field. He tips the scales against nearly every NFL team – Tampa Bay and Kansas City hold up – and his presence almost guarantees an NFC North title.
Fans accustomed to the mind-blowing quarterback game should get used to the average game of an intermediate veteran or the inconsistent play of Love. It would also be under the watchful eye of President Mark Murphy that another franchise quarterback is said to have ravaged the city. If Gutekunst traded Rodgers and got it wrong about Love, they’d both be out.
But Murphy must stand up for Gutekunst and tell him to do what he thinks is best for the organization. Don’t give in to Rodgers because you worry about your legacy. Do what’s best for the team. If that means going with a veteran QB this year and moving to Love next year, then do it. LaFleur could have someone leading his offense the way they’re supposed to be led, and as the Rams team he coordinated in 2017 showed, you can make it to the Super Bowl in his offense without a quarterback. star.
Asking several NFL front office officials what the Packers could get for Rodgers, they highlighted the deal the Rams had made with Detroit for Matthew Stafford. The Rams dropped first-round picks in 2022 and 23, a third-round pick in 21 and quarterback Jared Goff. The going rate, an official said, is two first-round picks, one player and more draft picks.
San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said he spoke to LaFleur about the Rodgers acquisition, but was told there was no deal. The Packers seem to be taking a hard line with those interested in Rodgers, but that will change.
Sometimes a relationship has to end the hard way. This is one of those cases, and the Packers should make the most of it with a trade.