For the Packers, the start of the 2021 Draft also represented the beginning of the divorce with Aaron Rodgers. As the days go by, little by little it becomes clear why the 37-year-old quarterback does not want to return to Green Bay.
As reported by Ian Rapoport, from NFL Network, the moment the relationship fractured between Rodgers and the Packers occurred in September 2020, when General Manager Brian Gutekunst decided to cut catcher Jake Kumerow.
The decision to part with the wide receiver came one day after California product will rate Kumerow as an important item on the Green Bay roster. Like Russell Wilson in Seattle, Rodgers felt sidelined from the decision-making when the catcher left Lambeau Field.
At the time of Kumerow’s firing, there were already differences between Rodgers and the Packers due to Jordan Love’s selection in the first round of the 2020 Draft. This decision did not sit in the current league MVP, who was unaware of Gutekunst’s determination.
The 29-year-old Kumerow came to the NFL in 2015 as an undrafted free agent with the Bengals. In 2017 he joined the Packers and in a couple of years at Green Bay, he had 20 receptions for 322 yards and two touchdowns.
Amid the silence of the Packers roster in the face of Rodgers’ possible departure, the star catcherr Davante Adams broke the silence to fix his posture.
Through his Twitter account, the wide receiver wrote: “You have to appreciate what you have while you have it.”