The Green Bay Packers continue to satisfy one of the NFL’s basic proponents for staying competitive.
Get the quarterback right and the team will have a chance to win every game. Undoubtedly, Aaron Rodgers is still their best option at the position, especially after an MVP season.
The four-time Most Valuable Player finished with 4,115 yards and 37 touchdowns with only four interceptions. Those numbers gave him the best QBR last season at 69.1.
But there were rumors that Rodgers might join former offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett with the Denver Broncos.
The possibility quickly died after the former Cal standout signed a three-year, $150 million extension with Green Bay.
Now, Rodgers must prove that he’s worthy of being the league’s highest-paid player in terms of annual average value. Yet while Rodgers solidifies his place at the top of the depth chart, the Packers released one of his backups.
Green Bay Press-Gazette journalist Ryan Wood tweeted, “Bit of a surprise to see #Packers release Kurt Benkert.
Thought his experience in Matt LaFleur’s system gave him chance to be Aaron Rodgers’ backup if they trade Jordan Love in the preseason. Love probably the likely 2022 backup now.
Bit of a surprise to see #Packers release Kurt Benkert. Thought his experience in Matt LaFleur’s system gave him chance to be Aaron Rodgers’ backup if they trade Jordan Love in preseason. Love probably the likely 2022 backup now.
Down to 3 QBs, expect GB to sign one before camp.
— Ryan Wood (@ByRyanWood) June 17, 2022
Down to 3 QBs, expect GB to sign one before camp.” Benkert went undrafted in the 2018 draft but was signed by the Atlanta Falcons. He stayed in Atlanta for three seasons before joining the Packers in 2021. However, his on-field experience was kneeling down twice in the Packers’ win over the Chicago Bears in Week 14.
The Packers Depth Chart Remains Intact
While Rodgers could be playing his final contract with the Packers, he still has the talent to play the entire three seasons.
In that case, Jordan Love becomes second in the depth chart, unless they trade him away.
Danny Etling is the Packers’ third quarterback. Therefore, the Packers can’t afford to lose Rodgers if they want to dominate the NFC North again.