The Packers are making huge strikes in free company, reaching agreements with Jimmy Graham and Muhammad Wilkerson. This was not attribute of the franchise beneath Ted Thompson, however Brian Gutekunst is making a splash. Sadly, a byproduct of those strikes was the discharge of Jordy Nelson. Anyone who has watched the Packers is aware of that Rodgers and Nelson had a reasonably particular bond.
As ESPN worker Nick Loucks observed, Aaron Rodgers ‘favored’ a tweet from Wealthy Eisen pertaining to the acquisition of Graham and launch of Nelson:
Rodgers additionally favored this tweet from former Packers guard TJ Lang:
Rodgers has two years left on his deal, however he’s been concerned in extension talks that everybody assumes make him the very best paid participant in NFL historical past. Time will inform if he’s upset sufficient concerning the lack of Nelson — and different issues like not being knowledgeable concerning the dismissal of his QB coach Alex Van Pelt — to not signal this extension this offseason. As a Packers fan, I’m hoping that these issues might be resolved.
UPDATE: Rodgers has posted a proper tribute to Jordy on Instagram:
Arduous to seek out the proper phrases today to precise what 87 means to me. No teammate exemplified what it means to be a packer fairly like him. From dwelling in GB full time, his unimaginable contributions to the town, state, and area, to his constant, dependable play on the sector. Undoubtedly a tragic day and the hardest a part of this enterprise. There’ll by no means be one other fairly like white lightning. #chief #brother #good friend #baller #loyal #champion #legacy #intact #stillcanplayball #backshoulder #1stSBTD
UPDATE II: As has been identified in replies to this publish on Twitter, Rodgers was reportedly “in contact” with Graham previous to his signing. So, it’s truthful to say that this ‘like’ was an homage to Jordy versus something damaging about his new teammate. That being stated, there’s finite wage cap area within the NFL and if Rodgers did certainly recruit Graham, he needed to know the cash was going to return from someplace.