Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers haven’t seen eye-to-eye much this offseason. But it keeps coming back to the Packers releasing wideout Jordy Nelson earlier this offseason. After all, the pair would share nine seasons together and put up all sorts of numbers. And now, with the chatter of Dez Bryant possibly ending up in Green Bay, Rodgers is speaking up again. According to Ryan Wood of Packersnews.com, Rodgers doesn’t understand cutting Jordy if the plan is to bring in Dez.
“Aaron Rodgers asked today whether Packers should sign Dez Bryant. His take: ‘I don’t know why you’d cut Jordy and bring in Dez, but he’s a talented player. He’s going to end up somewhere. If he ends up here, we’d obviously welcome him with open arms.’”
Once again, this mostly seems to be about his long relationship with Nelson. Last season, despite playing in 15 games, Nelson would haul in only 53 passes for 482 yards. That’s an average of only 32.1 yards per game. Of course, he wasn’t just catching passes from Rodgers last season. He was also hauling in passes from backup Brett Hundley, who was only statistically better than Cleveland’s DeShone Kizer last season. That’s it. Kizer would rank as the worst quarterback in the NFL last season. Now he’s probably backing up Rodgers heading into the 2018 campaign.
On the other hand, Dez hauled in 69 receptions for 838 yards while playing in all 16 games. That works itself out to an average of 52.4 yards per game. But there are two major differences between the wideouts. Dez hasn’t suffered a serious, season-ending knee injury during his career. Nelson did. More than that, Bryant doesn’t turn 30 years old until November. Jordy, meanwhile, turns 33 years old next Thursday. It’s not difficult to see why the Packers would at least kick the tires on Bryant.
For now, though, it looks like there’s nothing to the chatter. But in the end, will Green Bay take Rodgers’ words to heart? In the meantime, just two days ago Rodgers would express his desire to play well into his 40s. Not only that, but he wants to do so with the Packers. So disagreements aside, that has to be a good thing… right?