A 37-year-old part time Jeopardy host got all the attention heading into the
NFL Draft. Aaron Rodgers told members of the Packers organization he doesn’t
plan to return to the team.
How'd we get here? Since 2012, the only offensive
player the Packers have drafted in the 1st round is 2020 QB Jordan Love.
Rodgers, who wanted a receiver to pair with Devante Adams, was not
happy the Packers picked his eventual replacement instead.
Rodgers then went 13-3, winning the NFL MVP Award. But in the playoffs he
lost to Tom Brady, who pushed his way out of New England to play for a
Maybe Rodgers knew then what he had to do. But Packers’ GM Brian Gutekunst
has other ideas: “We’re not going to trade Aaron.”
Bottom line: The Packers selecting another
defensive player in yesterday’s Draft could not have gone over well with
Rodgers. His time in Green Bay may be in Jeopardy.
The draft goes live
The top 5 went as expected, with the Bengals opting to let Joe Burrow keep
like this one but giving him great receivers to throw to when he is
San Francisco 49ers - Trey Lance, QB North Dakota State
Atlanta Falcons - Kyle Pitts, TE Florida
Cincinnati Bengals - Ja’Marr Chase, WR LSU
Best matches made later in Round 1:
Chicago Bears & QB Justin Fields - the Bears traded up to #11 to
take their QB1.
New England Patriots & QB Mac Jones - Bill Belichick didn’t even
have to trade up for the Tom Brady look
Philadelphia Eagles & WR Devonta Smith - the Heisman winner gives
the Eagles and QB Jalen Hurts the elite receiver they’ve needed for
Feel good story: When he isn’t hurdling defenders,
new Steelers running back Najee Harris does some cool stuff off the field.
Yesterday, he threw a draft
party for kids at the homeless shelter he used to live in.