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May 4, 2021 | 9:20am | Updated May 4, 2021 | 11:34am
Maybe it wasn’t all about Love.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapaport, the “death knell” in the relationship between Aaron Rodgers and the Packers was the decision to release receiver Jake Kumerow.
“Rodgers wanted to be more involved in some of the personnel decisions,” Rapaport said Monday. “This is crazy, but it does seem like it drove Rodgers nuts when the organization cut Jake Kiumerow just a day after he praised him publicly.
“Described as a little bit of a death knell in the relationship. So much here to fix and I know now the Packers are trying to fix it.”
The Packers, according to Yahoo, opted to keep Malik Taylor over Kumerow in their final cuts. That came several months after they opted to trade up and draft Rodgers’ heir apparent, Jordan Love, in the first round of the draft.
That decision fanned distrust that was seemingly exacerbated by the surprise release of Kumerow.
“Jake Kumerow has been such a solid performer for us for the last couple years,” Rodgers told Sirius XM NFL Radio, according to PackersNews.com. “I love his reliability. I think he’s a fantastic, steady player who’s very heady on the field, he makes plays. He plays with a lot of confidence, and he’s a guy you love having on the squad.”
Taylor had five catches for 66 yards and a touchdown last season for Green Bay. Kumerow bounced from the Bills to the Saints and now back to the Bills, who signed him to a reserve/future contract in January.
Kumerow appeared in six games for Buffalo and had one catch.
04 May, 2021 - 04:00am
(KDKA)- The biggest story in the NFL world right now is the ongoing drama between the Green Bay Packers and quarterback Aaron Rodgers. According to reports, Rodgers wants out of Green Bay following a series of moves by the franchise over the last year, including drafting his heir apparent, Jordan Love, in the first round of last year’s draft. Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Famer and NFL on Fox broadcaster Terry Bradshaw did not mince words Monday when asked about the situation, calling out the Packers quarterback for being “weak” in an appearance on WFAN’s Moose and Maggie show in New York.
“Him being that upset shows me just how weak he is,” Bradshaw said in response to a question about whether Rodgers has the right to be upset. “Who the hell cares who you draft? He’s a three-time MVP of the league and he’s worried about this guy they drafted last year?”
BLAZING take from @Terry_Bradshaw_ on @MandMWFAN about Aaron Rodgers: "Him being that upset shows me just how weak he is – who the hell cares who you draft? He's a three-time MVP and he's upset about a guy they drafted last year? pic.twitter.com/MHwj5jeyHp
— WFAN Sports Radio (@WFAN660) May 3, 2021
Bradshaw compared Rodger’s situation to his own in Pittsburgh. The Steelers used a first round draft choice on quarterback Mark Malone in 1980 and a fifth round pick on Cliff Stoudt in 1977 while Bradshaw was the team’s starter. He said that he never worried about the draft picks, he was focused on himself.
“For him to be upset, my God I don’t understand that. Pittsburgh drafted Mark Malone number one, Cliff Stout in the third or fourth round. I had them coming at me from all angles,” Bradshaw said. “I embraced it because when we went to practice, I wasn’t worried about those guys. It didn’t scare me a bit. So I don’t understand why he’s so upset at Green Bay.”
As for what should the Packers do in their current predicament, Bradshaw said it’s simple, don’t give in.
“I wouldn’t budge. Let him gripe. Let him cry. Retire, you’re 38, go ahead and retire, see you later,” Bradshaw said. “I’m really strong about stuff like that. And it makes him look weak.”
03 May, 2021 - 04:53pm
While admitting as much, GM Dave Gettleman re-affirms belief in Daniel Jones
“You explore everything, but at the end of the day, we believe in Daniel (Jones), and we keep moving,” Gettleman said on WFAN Radio. “I don’t want to talk hypotheticals.”
On Thursday, Gettleman had said whatever is going on with the Packers and Rodgers is “none of my business.”
In truth, it is always a GM’s business to explore any possibility — no matter how remote or unlikely — that might make his team better.
The Giants have been all in on giving Jones the best possible chance to succeed. They have added wide receivers Kenny Golladay and Kadarius Toney, along with tight end Kyle Rudolph, and will get running back Saquon Barkley back after his 2020 season-enidng torn ACL.
“This will be a big jump for Daniel; it’s his second year in the same scheme, and I feel we’ve done a good job of getting Daniel some help,” Gettleman said. “Obviously, this is the year that Daniel should really make a major stride. Our game is just so different, everything happens a click or two faster. But with the work he has put in on and off the field, we’re looking forward to seeing him thrive.”
03 May, 2021 - 04:19pm
The Packers have not shown a hint of interest in trading Aaron Rodgers, even after a flurry of reports in recent days suggest the reigning MVP has grown so disenchanted with the team’s front office that he doesn’t want to play another down in Green Bay.
The Giants have spent an entire offseason doing everything possible to make Daniel Jones’ job easier, publicly proclaiming their allegiance to the third-year quarterback and signing high-priced receiver Kenny Golladay, tight end Kyle Rudolph and making speedy Florida wideout Kadarius Toney their first-round pick.
But with neither Rodgers nor the Packers blinking, the Giants owe it to themselves to see what it would take to trade for the most gifted quarterback in the NFL.
General manager Dave Gettleman said last Thursday that he hadn’t called the Packers to inquire about Rodgers. "It’s none of my business," he told reporters. "It’s going to cost a mother lode for anybody to get him — even though he’s 37 years old."
But Gettleman softened his position a bit on Monday, still professing his loyalty to Jones but not closing the door entirely on looking into whether Rodgers might be available. During an interview on WFAN Monday afternoon, he told host Maggie Gray, "You explore everything." He said he doesn’t deal in hypotheticals, but if you parse the language, you see that "You explore everything" is certainly different than "It’s none of my business."
And yes, it should be Gettleman’s business right now to call the Packers and initiate discussions about a trade.
Rodgers hasn’t commented publicly on his situation with Green Bay, although he did speak off camera to NBC’s Mike Tirico during Saturday’s Kentucky Derby telecast.
"He expressed a couple of times how much he loves Green Bay, loves the fans, loves the franchise," Tirico said. "There is a fissure. There is a chasm between management and the reigning NFL MVP."
Rodgers appears dug in right now, in large part because of the Packers’ ill-conceived decision to trade up in the first round of the 2020 draft to take Utah State quarterback Jordan Love. While some lauded the Packers for selecting a quarterback before there was an actual need for one, that outdated idea has backfired spectacularly, leaving Rodgers privately fuming and looking like the final piece of evidence he needed to force his way out.
Gettleman mentioned Rodgers’ age and the compensation it would take to get him. But when you’re talking about the possibility of landing a Hall of Fame quarterback who is at the top of his game, has no plans to retire and is ready to move on, you throw caution to the wind and explore a deal.
Gettleman helped himself by trading back in the first round on Thursday, netting the Bears’ first-round pick in 2022 and gaining valuable ammunition for a potential deal. If it means surrendering both first-round picks next year, another in 2023 and even another in 2024, it’s worth it for a quarterback who might have between four and seven elite years left in him. After all, Tom Brady is coming off a Super Bowl MVP run at age 43, and there’s no reason Rodgers can’t last that long.
The Giants are clearly a team on the rise with a capable young coach in Joe Judge, and Gettleman has done solid work over the last two seasons in free agency and the draft. We keep talking about this year’s team being a playoff contender if Jones can take the next step in his development.
Well, if Rodgers was the quarterback, there’s no doubt the Giants will be a playoff team and will be a Super Bowl contender. If that’s not worth the price of three or four first-round picks, then you’re not thinking straight.
The Packers are clearly hoping time, a sweetened contract — and perhaps even a trade of Love to show Rodgers that they won’t have anyone looking over his shoulder — will mean Rodgers returns for 2021 and beyond. But if Brady could nudge the Patriots to let him explore his free agency after delivering six Super Bowl titles over two decades, then Rodgers can certainly dig in and force the Packers’ hand.
That’s why Gettleman needs to see if he can make a deal, even if it means giving up on the quarterback he staked his reputation on. Gettleman has done everything possible to put Jones in a position to succeed, and if it comes to Jones still being the guy, he has a chance to succeed.
But when you have the chance to get the best quarterback in the game, you go for it.
Bob Glauber has covered the NFL since 1985 and has been Newsday's NFL columnist since 1992. Twice selected as the New York State Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sports Media Association, he is president of the Pro Football Writers of America and author of "Guts and Genius."