Aaron Rodgers remains upset the Packers cut Jake Kumerow

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When the Packers cut Jake Kumerow before the start of the 2020 season, we noted that it came just a day after Aaron Rodgers referred to Kumerow as a lock to make the roster. But we didn’t expect that seemingly minor roster transaction to continue to reverberate the way it has.

In fact, there have been multiple reports this week that Rodgers remains upset that the Packers cut Kumerow, and that the roster move is one of the main reasons Rodgers is so bitter toward General Manager Brian Gutekunst that he no longer wants to play for the Packers.

Rodgers hinted in November that he was still upset by Kumerow getting cut, saying that he wouldn’t weigh in on the Packers’ personnel because the last time the last time he did, the teammate he praised ended up in Buffalo. After the Packers got rid of Kumerow, the Bills picked him up.

In fairness to Gutekunst, he’s far from the only NFL GM who doesn’t think much of Kumerow. After all, Kumerow spent most of the season on the Bills’ practice squad, not their active roster, and in January he passed through waivers unclaimed. Kumerow is back with the Bills now, but he’s no lock to make their roster in 2021. Kumerow is a wide receiver who has never caught more than 12 passes in a season. Gutekunst cutting Kumerow is hardly akin to Bill O’Brien trading DeAndre Hopkins away.

But Rodgers liked Kumerow, and Rodgers felt he had earned the right to have the Packers consider his feelings when deciding who he’d be throwing to — just as the Buccaneers made Tom Brady happy by acquiring Rob Gronkowski and Antonio Brown. Rodgers didn’t get that kind of consideration, and he’s not happy about it.

74 responses to “Aaron Rodgers remains upset the Packers cut Jake Kumerow

  1. “But Rodgers liked Kumerow, and Rodgers felt he had earned the right to have the Packers consider his feelings when deciding who he’d be throwing to — just as the Buccaneers made Tom Brady happy by acquiring Rob Gronkowski and Antonio Brown. Rodgers didn’t get that kind of consideration, and he’s not happy about it.”

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    Hey Aaron, Tom has 7 SB victories…..you have 1…just like a whole bunch of other guys. When you win 3-4 more perhaps then the Packers will give your thoughts and desires “consideration’

  2. I Rogers thought Kumerow was getting better and he could target him, the man would now probably be a lot better now, than a practice squad player.

  3. I’m not a big Gutekunst fan but Kumerow just wasn’t worth keeping.

  4. That just goes to show you how childish he is. Jake Kumerow? He hardly threw the ball to him. He was no superstar receiver.

  5. I’ve mentioned that move as a catalyst several times in the past. Of course AR shouldn’t get to make decisions, but cutting the guy the day after Rodgers went to bat for him was a clear and obvious message. Stay in your lane. Rodgers didn’t like it, nor did a lot of Packer fans. It wouldn’t have taken much to stash JK on the PS, then cut him down the road if you don’t need him. Everyone talks about Rodgers being passive aggressive but that move was the epitome of passive aggression.

  6. I’m sure he is really upset about a WR 6 or 7 who caught 20 passes and 2 tds before his 1 catch season in Buffalo!
    How about all his teammates getting raises and not him? Or his security blanket center being shown the door?

  7. Did you ever have a girlfriend that was hotter than you but after a while you realized that it wasn’t worth the crazy and the high maintenance?

  8. Kumerow was cut by the bengals, patriots, packers, bills, & saints. So its not like GB cut Kumerow becasue he was good. He is a fringe guy. Rodgers has not said he was upset about this. More fodder.

    Either way – Rodgers has way to many very close friends as Packer teammates. He values those personal relationships. He is going to show up and play for the Packers as his friends on the team are counting on him as well. And that will be his main concern.

  9. Rob Gronkowski, Antonio Brown, and Jake Kumerow.

    Three names you don’t often hear in the same sentence together.

  10. Maybe that’s the problem. Brady pushed for 2 likely future HoFers and Rodgers pushed for a receiver that likely will not make any teams’ 53 man roster. Hard to for GM to consider his view on roster if that’s his talent evaluation skills.

  11. In Rodgers’ defense, that one did seem like a real slap in the face. I was somewhat surprised they cut Kumerow and really surprised by the timing of it.

  12. I think Rodgers missed his calling. He should have been a general manager instead of a quarterback.

  13. “But Rodgers liked Kumerow, and Rodgers felt he had earned the right to have the Packers consider his feelings when deciding who he’d be throwing to — just as the Buccaneers made Tom Brady happy by acquiring Rob Gronkowski and Antonio Brown. Rodgers didn’t get that kind of consideration, and he’s not happy about it.”

    Haha, Gronk and AB are HOFers. If Tom was demanding they sign practice squad guys I doubt Tampa Bay would oblige.

  14. Brady.

    This all started with Brady’s public pouting and victim mentality in NE.

    I find it hilarious it’s now had a ripple effect elsewhere and Brady is long gone with the cancerous ego somewhere else.

    Once the ego goes, it goes.

  15. oh brother this is all over a bum receiver being cut….was he your fall guy or something?? spoiled petulant child…

  16. I get the whole “players play” thing, but come on.

    If you’re the CEO of a billion dollar company and your CFO to whom you pay a 7 figure salary asks for a certain type of coffee to be stocked in the company kitchen, you’re not going to say to him “your job is to focus on finances, I won’t be told what kind of coffee to keep.”

  17. Funny thing is and this is from a rabid Pack fan. AR never threw the ball to him anyway. If he was open he wouldn’t, if he was covered he wouldn’t. Heck he could have been on the sidelines and nope no throw. Stuff like this is either media driven or AR trolling and not putting out the real reason. And the real reason is he knows that if he doesn’t play well he will be gone and or won’t get his wish of retiring in GB. I tell you what AR if you’re that good and you can be the GM too. Come back this year, win a title and then demand a trade. Demanding a trade before you win makes it look like you’re scared and can’t win without more help. Fact is you play like ish when the game is on the line ever since 2010. You were great when it was a team, once it was you then go figure you failed.

    AR’s last 2 years of success have more to do with Love and MLF getting him right then it does with him just doing it. If he had it his way he’s still be forcing the ball into triple coverage to Nelson and ignoring wide open WR’s named anyone else.

  18. Kumerow, AB, and Gronkowski….which one of these doesn’t fit? He just proved the GM’s point.

  19. Seems like a disgruntled Aaron Rodgers is an inconsolable Aaron Rodgers.

    He’s played his last game in Green Bay. Which is honestly too bad.

  20. When Aaron buys the Packers he can make all the decisions.

    Until then, he is just along for the ride, like the rest of the players.

  21. Kumerow may not be the best receiver. But neither Lazard, Equanimeous St. Brown, Darrius Shepherd, Malik Taylor or really any of the other receivers they’ve had not named Adams in the last few years and it didn’t stop them from keeping them.

  22. Haha, this is great.

    “When the Packers cut Jake Kumerow before the start of the 2020 season, we noted that it came just a day after Aaron Rodgers referred to Kumerow as a lock to make the roster”

  23. I agree fully with Rodgers here, He carried them on his back to the NFC Championship game. He wanted them to finally draft an impact player and they trade up for a QB that’s not even any good. Then he is gushing about someone that he plans to target more and they cut him. What does he do? He carries the terrible roster to yet another NFC championship game. The GB front office must be a bunch of idiots.

  24. Rodgers isn’t helping his case for fan support. Were the Packers supposed to keep a lesser player than what they already had simply because he is Rodgers buddy? Play QB Aaron, leave the coaching and management to those who are paid to do that. If you want to have personnel control try and negotiate into your next contract. Good luck with that by the way!

  25. Jay-Zeus! Kumerow was a nice story and a good guy, but if you want to win, what’s a guy who’s maybe going to catch a ball every other game got to do with it? Kumerow is not a hill anyone should choose to die on.

  26. Kumerow probably wouldn’t have let the NFC Title game winning touchdown sail over his head, 1st-and-goal at the 8.

  27. The guy caught only 20 passes in 2 years. You are the QB, why didn’t you get him the ball more?

  28. I kinda thought the whole Rodgers being ultra sensitive thing was overblown, not anymore. Get over it dude

  29. And Brett Favre was upset the Packers didn’t trade for WR Randy Moss. the parallels have been incredible, and anyone who thinks the outcome for Rodgers will be any different from Favre is deluding themselves.

  30. The Packers forced a break-up.
    ==========

    It doesn’t make sense.

    The Packers literally ran to the table with his last extension. He had 3 years left on his previous deal. With Rodgers being a considerable risk fresh off a serious shoulder injury.

    And now he is coming off, arguably, his best season.

    The Favre-divorce was understandable from many angles. The timing on this one makes no sense to me.

  31. ttl255 says:
    May 5, 2021 at 10:24 am
    Haha, this is great.

    “When the Packers cut Jake Kumerow before the start of the 2020 season, we noted that it came just a day after Aaron Rodgers referred to Kumerow as a lock to make the roster”
    ————————
    Because it was the day before final cuts were made when Rodgers made those comments.

  32. supercharger says:
    May 5, 2021 at 10:00 am

    The Packers forced a break-up.
    ==================================================
    Kinda just like they did with Favre.
    Who 2 years later ALMOST took MN to the SB.

  33. obviously he isn’t a team player and is a cancer in the locker room. Time to grow up and be an adult Aaron……

  34. If Rodgers is looking for a team who will never do anything he doesn’t like then he’s never going to play another down again. I get why he didn’t like some of these moves but for the most part the Packers have bent over backwards over the years paying him top dollar. He won’t be treated any better elsewhere. In fact, any new team trading for him is going to want to plug him into whatever plan they already have in place. Nobody is going to trade for him then sit down and let him dictate things.

  35. Rodgers is a cry baby. He has won exactly 1 super bowl title. Same as Trent Dilfer. Rodgers seems to expect overly special treatment. It’s Ridiculous.

  36. Somewhere Hue Jackson is like “Wait…the Browns told me cutting players after I told the media how much I wanted them on the roster was just how the NFL does business?”

    Maybe he and Aaron can write a book together now.

  37. Is there any evidence that proves, or even suggests, the Packers didn’t consider his request? Daddy said “no”. Poor Aaron.

  38. touchback6 says:
    May 5, 2021 at 10:20 am
    Brady.

    This all started with Brady’s public pouting and victim mentality in NE.

    I find it hilarious it’s now had a ripple effect elsewhere and Brady is long gone with the cancerous ego somewhere else.

    Once the ego goes, it goes.
    *********

    So all Brady did after Patriots drafted Garoppolo was take them to 4 SB, win 3, honored his contract and left when it was it done. Rodgers has 3 years left on his contract.

  39. “ golforepar says:
    May 5, 2021 at 10:34 am
    The guy caught only 20 passes in 2 years. You are the QB, why didn’t you get him the ball more?”

    Because you are not supposed to throw it to guys on the bench.

  40. The issue is not Kumerow the player or even Kumerow the person. It was likely the failure to communicate with Rodgers in advance.

    Like, if you’re thinking of cutting a guy on Friday, give me a heads up on Wednesday, so that I don’t praise him publicly on Thursday. Made Rodgers look out of touch and unimportant.

    Does a GM “owe” Rodgers that inside knowledge? No. Would it have been helpful. YES.

  41. Aaron’s made that the Packers cut a guy who has been cut numerous time and currently on a reserve/futures contract?

  42. mr rodgers, sounds like you need to retire and become a GM, kind of like elway in denver.

  43. Bradshaw is spot on: Rodgers is weak. REALLY weak.
    ==========

    Complete opposite.

    Looks like he’s willing to end his career on principle.

  44. oh brother this is all over a bum receiver being cut….was he your fall guy or something?? spoiled petulant child…
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    No, it’s called death by a thousand cuts. This was just one of them. And if you don’t understand what an insult it is for a GM to cut a player, any player, the day after his star qb praises said player, look at it this way: when Brady came to town the Bucs signed AB and Gronk on his behalf. When Rodgers went to bat for JK, the Packers cut him. See the difference? The quality of the player is inconsequential.

  45. Because you are not supposed to throw it to guys on the bench.
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    That was a good one!

  46. I find it hilarious it’s now had a ripple effect elsewhere and Brady is long gone with the cancerous ego somewhere else.

    Once the ego goes, it goes.
    ___________________________________________________________________________________________

    Time to give it up man. That “cancerous” ego just went to a team that hadn’t been to the playoffs in 20 years and won a SB. He has been praised for his leadership on both sides of the ball and, once again, restructured his contract in order to allow the team to bring back all free agents.

    Belichick on the other hand did something he has never done……spent like a drunken sailor in free agency since he no longer has Brady. Who’s ego really took a hit here?

  47. They won’t try to get new good receivers and won’t keep the ones he likes.

    It’s a pattern. The Packers operate like they don’t actually have a good QB. Which is baffling.

  48. 2020vision says:
    May 5, 2021 at 10:24 am
    Kumerow may not be the best receiver. But neither Lazard, Equanimeous St. Brown, Darrius Shepherd, Malik Taylor or really any of the other receivers they’ve had not named Adams in the last few years and it didn’t stop them from keeping them.

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    If you watch enough Pack games youw would know sure thee young guys make mistakes but AR will not throw to them. Go watch 2016-2018 and watch him ignore Kumerow among others who were open, open often. Always to Adams and or looking long for the big play or anything to avoid an INT.

  49. OK. I did research Jake Kumerow on the internet. He is a 29 year old WR who has been in the league 3 years and caught 21 passes and 3 TDs. Not a stellar career. Jake may be a great guy and good friend to Rodgers but not sure that should guarantee him a spot on an NFL roster. In the future when Rodgers is eventually traded to another team maybe he can get a guarantee from that team to offer roster spots to his buddies but I seriously doubt any NFL GM is going to agree to that.

  50. Use your critical thinking skills on this one. This one sounds like one that management is floating to make him seem unreasonable and crazy, which is definitely true about Rodgers, but I highly doubt he’s seething over this guy getting cut. This comes down to wanting a commitment from them, and not a year to year thing. Anyone saying that’s unreasonable is lying. No one wants to be a lame duck, wherever you work. It’s pretty much what Tom Brady did to get out of New England, telling them to let him go at the end of 2019.

  51. This is why belichick had enough once they go diva it’s over. Move on packers better a year early then a year late.

  52. I refuse to believe this is real life. This a tv show and PFT is Soap Opera Digest. The parallels between Favre and Rodgers is too close to shrug off. Ted was in his 4th year as GM. Brian is in his 4th year. Brett was seen as slipping when he had a resurgent year in 07 only to lose at home in the NFCCG to the 5th seed. Aaron was seen as slipping/injured when he then goes and has a resurgent year only to lose in the NFCCG at home to the 5th seed. This feels so fake. Good cop bad cop. How can a dude with everything be so petty. Thing is Rodgers has a ring. He’s not entitled to 5 rings or how we many he feels he should have. He’s a lock for the HOF. This is something else.

  53. I get why people are giving AR a hard time, but packers fans you will miss him when he is gone. Sooner or later.

  54. When you are 1 of 3 or 4 people on the planet whose skill nearly guarantee the playoffs and perhaps a Superbowl win, you SHOULD get your voice at least heard. Rodgers is right about THAT. But, he is wrong to go about a fix for the situation in thus manner.

    Having said this, were I Murphy, I would fire Gute today.

  55. Seems like the Packers have botched this relationship in just about every way possible. I’ll be surprised if he’s not traded elsewhere before the season, and will be even more surprised if he actually plays for Green Bay again.

  56. So odd that his career mirrors Favre so much. Elite QB. One championship. Ticked off at the end of their careers due to no weapons and the Packers replacing them with 1st round picks when they were still playing at a very high level. Now Rodgers needs to be traded to the Jets and then land with the Vikings lol.

  57. Rodgers, Love, Kumerow…. it’s a real life ’As The World Turns’ up there.

    Fun fact: Jake Kumerow is cousins with Nick and Joey Bosa.

  58. Really hope its not true that a decision about an undrafted free-agent is tied to this drama. That’s beyond weak.

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