New Vikings defensive back Chandon Sullivan has Packers fans calling him a “traitor”

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The Vikings recently signed defensive back Chandon Sullivan, who jumped from Green Bay to Minnesota with a one-year contract. In comments to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Sullivan said that he has Packers fans accusing him of treason.

“Some fans say I’m a traitor but they’ve got to understand, we don’t pick ourselves, the G.M. [does],” Sullivan told Tomasson. “[The comments] are kind of funny, but it comes with the territory.”

He’s right. Even though Sullivan wasn’t drafted, his opportunities previously came from teams that wanted him. And if the Packers had wanted to secure his services over the long haul, they could have done something more than extend a restricted free agency tender in 2021. They didn’t. While they had interest in keeping him, Sullivan earned his chance to pick his next destination.

Regardless, there’s no treason to it. Teams show loyalty to players only when they want or need those players. When the teams decide it’s time to move on, the teams don’t think twice. Players shouldn’t, either.

Sullivan added the Vikings will be getting “a versatile player,” who can help at slot, cornerback, or safety.

“I’m the man for the job,” he said. “They’re still trying to decide. We’re going to see how the rest of free agency and how the draft goes.”

Sullivan appeared in all 49 regular-season games over the last three years in Green Bay, with 20 starts. He’ll be working again with Mike Pettine, who is now a member of the Minneota staff after working with Sullivan during 2019 and 2020 in Green Bay.

43 responses to “New Vikings defensive back Chandon Sullivan has Packers fans calling him a “traitor”

  1. That’s typical of a lot of Packer fans. It’s the entitled attitude. Common among people with reality issues.

  2. harryhands09 says:
    March 26, 2022 at 7:24 pm
    That’s typical of a lot of Packer fans. It’s the entitled attitude. Common among people with reality issues.

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    Speaking of reality, the reality is that every fan base has fans like this.

  3. Perhaps he can teach the other Vikings defensive backs how the Packers get away with holding on every play.

  4. I understand a guy like Brady with such earning potential giving a team a discount on a contract, but when it comes to the rank and file NFL players–maximize your career comp. Most players view themselves as employees of the NFL, not a particular team. Go where the cash is greener.

  5. What’s telling is that it’s a one year deal so did he want out that bad? Players are leaving Green Bay like people leaving shark infested waters. Maybe it’s the culture in the locker room, maybe he did like one of the coaches who knows.

    These players do not owe you the fan anything other than to do their best when they are with the organization and on game day. Loyalty? There is none when it involves your career.

    Now the Packers fans, ya know the DJ Green Spin Doctor, is right now trying the rationalize and make excuses. In typical sour grapes fashion will say he is no good and the Packers didn’t want h anyway…Sometimes all a player needs is a change of scenery to become good

    But hey you have the highest paid QB RIGHT?

  6. I guess its not as bad as viking fans standing on overpasses giving us the finger and or mooning us while we are leaving the cities.

  7. Rivalries are a big part of sports and make the fandom and games even better. It puts extra meaning and passion into the games, that’s why the NFL tries to promote division and playoff rivalries. When players switch sides in a rivalry, it’s not necessarily their fault, it’s unreasonable to expect all players to take a big paycut so as to not go to the rival, but fans have always said “traitor” in response to that. For example, when guys like Johnny Damon went to the Yankees from the Red Sox. That’s just a part of sports, and a good part of sports. It’s the passion for their team and for their players. They’ll be beloved while they’re there, but if they defect to the “bad guys”, fans will remember and might have a few comments about it. If the worst word fans are using towards him is “traitor”, then that’s pretty tame. It’s funny that he even brings it up. They’ll probably move on from it in a few months since he’s not a star player anyways.

  8. Packer fans have historically trashed Packer players when they leave greenbay dispite going overboard with praise for them while they played for the Packers.
    They are Aaron Rodgers sensitive about it.
    Probably because most players want out of green bay and bolt first chance they get

  9. I mean, Packers fans got all salty when Za’Darius Smith signed with Minn, and GB cut him. So this isn’t surprising.

  10. Packers fans are upset because players aren’t choosing them. That’s not supposed to happen to teams that are top Super Bowl contenders… which makes you think… maybe they’re not.

    Rodgers’ $50MM/year extension is proving toxic.

  11. He was DB #4 at best in Green Bay with Alexander coming back from injury. I’d have preferred him signing with another team not in the NFC North but this Pack fan wishes him well – except when he plays the Packers.

  12. @Purpleisjustwrong
    Um, that’s you guys…Randy Moss did the fake moon because you guys always moon the other teams bus when it’s leaving. Get your facts straight.

  13. calmincali says:
    March 26, 2022 at 7:57 pm
    I mean, Packers fans got all salty when Za’Darius Smith signed with Minn, and GB cut him. So this isn’t surprising.

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    Maybe they’re just upset that the Smith is an $11.4MM cap hit for the Packers this year, playing for the Vikings, and only $3.2MM for the Vikings.

  14. purpleisjustwrong says:
    March 26, 2022 at 7:49 pm
    I guess its not as bad as viking fans standing on overpasses giving us the finger and or mooning us while we are leaving the cities……

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    Packers fans have been doing that for years when the Vikings leave Lambeau 🙄 but somehow you feel wronged? Double standard much? Why did Moss shoot the moon in the 2004 wild care game…..hahaha

  15. He was DB #4 at best in Green Bay with Alexander coming back from injury. I’d have preferred him signing with another team not in the NFC North but this Pack fan wishes him well – except when he plays the Packers.

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    He wasn’t even that. He was CORNER #4 at best behind Alexander, Douglas, and Stokes. Add Safeties into the mix and he was DB #6 at best.

    And that’s not meant as a slight on the guy. He’s plenty good enough to start somewhere. He SHOULD be starting somewhere. The Packer backfield is just too good (finally!) and too deep (finally!).

    I’m glad he’s getting an opportunity. He’s earned it. I’d just as soon it be outside the division but still, good for him.

  16. Never any unsavory behavior by us Viking fans . . . oh wait . . . have you been to a Viking home game???

  17. Well , speaking as a Bears fan, then Green Whiny Bay has had quite a few of our traitors throughout the years. Even now with Adrian Amos, who I really do consider a traitor !

  18. If Green bay thought Sullivan had all those skills, they undoubtedly would have resigned him, or made a tender offer. The team did not. And neither, apparently did the Vikings, or else they wold have signed him to more than a one year deal. As for Packers fans, have not seen or heard that chatter anywhere. .

  19. Sullivan was definitely our weakest DB. With Alexander, Douglas and Stokes as our 3 DB’s he was roster decision. Good luck with Vikings, he gave us all he had. Good guy just time for a new team.

  20. Football is all they have in Green Bay so I can see how they could be surly about it.

  21. It’s really quite simple. Don’t overthink it. He would have been maybe (maybe) the 4th best DB in Green Bay. In Minnesota, he is now their #1 DB. He will lose a lot in Minny but at least he will get playing time on a bad team.

  22. If you guys are this emotionally wounded about being mooned, Packer/Bear week would make your hair turn white and you’d fall on the ground, crippled for all eternity.

  23. I love it when Viking fans puff their chests out every offseason. It makes the inevitable December disappointment all that much sweeter. Imagine how much worse it’d be if their team actually went over .500 at some point!

  24. I’ve yet to read in any forum or any thread where he was referred to as a “traitor,” or any other derogatory term for that matter. He was no longer a good fit with the team at that price and 99.9% of Packer fans and football fans would understand that. I’m sure there’s some knuckleheads out there who would make a couple negative remarks, but they’re in the vast minority.
    It sounds more to me like Sullivan is simply trying to motivate himself or is just being a little bit oversensitive. Maybe he should stay away from social media, it’s not always a place for the faint of heart.

  25. I wonder how many Packers fans actually called him a traitor? The guy started 20 games in three seasons for the Packers and is hardly a longtime Packer standout jumping ship to the rival Vikings.

  26. As a long time GB fan i would never use the traitor label. It’s a business and fans need to understand that. If someone leaves for a better opportunity i support them. Time moves on.

  27. Remember when that player that left Green Bay for Minnesota and got a Super Bowl ring? said no one ever!!

  28. He’s not a traitor. GB could’ve kept him if they wanted him, and they didn’t. Hence, he signed with the Vikings, who snipe GB’s garbage consistantly and the production they get from said players proves that point (besides Favre, of course)

  29. Every NFL team has crazy fans which do this when a former player leaves for a rival. It does not make it right but why pick this one to talk about instead of the hundred others?

  30. When players change teams within the AFC East, the fans never act like hurt junior high-schoolers.
    That must strictly be a NFC North thing.

  31. It feels like a solid depth signing to me. A good back up who can fill-in as a starter if needed and it makes me think that they are going to go corner in the first round of the draft. Meanwhile happy to have this kid, the cornerback cupboard is a little bare.

  32. We know the M.O. Packers fans call every player not on their team a bum. But it is becoming abundantly clear that players simply don’t want to play with Aaron Rodgers, or for the Packers. I mean, who have the Packers signed? Who is even coming for visits?

  33. I dont think him or MVS were anything special IMO. Otherwise the Pack would have given then da moooney.
    St Brown was often benched at ND for flat out dropping passes in his hands. A terrible pick who did nothing for five years but collect a check.
    Sullivan is slow to react and will be perfect for the Vikings, he cant tackle worth a darn either.
    MVS caught about every third pass and for the most part looked lost in games wondering if Rodgers would throw him the ball.
    Adams was the go to guy but he lost a step last year and is now 30. Time for a youth movement
    All these loses will vastly improve the team if Guttty replaces them wisely

  34. Players come and players go. The biggest difference among all NFCN teams and their respective expectation of success is still Aaron Rodgers. Nothing has changed. Good luck with that.

  35. Nobody called Sullivan a traitor. I’d be more inclined to say Sullivan feels like a traitor. It’s not like he’s a pro bowler. He occasionally shined on defense,… and then get burned on a long TD pass. He just wasn’t a steady player. Plus the Packers have 4 good corners on the roster. If Minny paid him more than $5 mil,… they over paid.

  36. Tricky Ricky is doing a heck of a job putting this championship roster together.

  37. KnowsMoreThanYou says:

    I mean, who have the Packers signed? Who is even coming for visits?
    +++++
    They signed Aaron Rodgers. Did you miss that? Preston Smith? Also Rasul Douglas and DeVondra Campbell. Robert Tonyan. Jarran Reed. Punter O’ Donnell. Allen Lazard was tendered. Snoop Dogg’s nephew.

    Top of the WR draft class is coming in for visits. Thanks for asking.

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