Aaron Rodgers rumors: Jake Kumerow’s exit was the ‘death knell’ in relation to Packers
During the 2021 NFL Draft, it became evident that the relationship between Aaron Rodgers and the Packers is on the rocks. There are countless factors that have played a role in erosion of the relationship from the team’s decision to draft the QB Jordan Love in 2020 to Rodgers’ desire for an overtime.
However, one of the apparent straws that broke the camel’s back was something that even the most avid football fans did not expect.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the “death knell for the relationship” between Rodgers and the Packers came when Green Bay made the decision to release wide receiver Jake Kumerow ahead of the 2020 season.
“Rodgers, I’m told, also wanted to be involved in more decisions about personnel,” Rapoport said. “It’s crazy, but it seems the only thing that drove Rodgers crazy was when the organization released Jake Kumerow just a day after he publicly praised him. [That’s] described as the death knell of the relationship. “
At first glance, this may seem weird. After all, Kumerow had only totaled 20 catches, 322 receiving yards and two touchdowns in seasons 18 and 19 with the Packers. There didn’t seem to be much of the receiver room. It was just a nice deep option.
That said, as Rapoport detailed, Rodgers loved Kumerow, and just five days before the final cups he praised Kumerow for his efforts and called him a “fantastic and consistent player” during an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio.
“Jake Kumerow has been such a solid performer for us over the past couple of years. I love his reliability,” Rodgers said. “I think he’s a fantastic, consistent player, who’s very intoxicating on the pitch. He plays, he plays. With a lot of confidence, and he’s a guy you like to have on the team.”
Granted, Rodgers did refer to other receivers during this interview, including Allen Lazard and Marquez Valdes-Scantling. Nonetheless, Rodgers clearly liked Kumerow, but the front office decided to cut the receiver anyway.
It may not be specifically the exit from Kumerow that happened to Rodgers. More likely, it was the fact that the front office had not given him the information before making the decision to part with a receiver he loved. It could be similar to the situation with Love, where Rodgers was not made aware of the organization’s decision until Love was selected in the first round of the 20 draft.
Kumerow’s exit, in and of itself, isn’t close to the only reason there is some tension over the relationship between Rodgers and the Packers. This is just one of the many, many little things that have accumulated to upset the veteran quarterback.
Now, it’s time to see if the Packers can do enough to resolve this issue or if the disagreement between the two sides will end in the future.