The Packers are making big moves in free agency, reaching agreements with Jimmy Graham and Muhammad Wilkerson. This was not characteristic of the franchise under Ted Thompson, but Brian Gutekunst is making a splash. Unfortunately, a byproduct of these moves was the release of Jordy Nelson. Anybody who has watched the Packers knows that Rodgers and Nelson had a pretty special bond.
As ESPN employee Nick Loucks noticed, Aaron Rodgers ‘liked’ a tweet from Rich Eisen pertaining to the acquisition of Graham and release of Nelson:
Rodgers also liked this tweet from former Packers guard TJ Lang:
Rodgers has two years left on his deal, but he’s been involved in extension talks that everyone assumes make him the highest paid player in NFL history. Time will tell if he is upset enough about the loss of Nelson — and other matters like not being informed about the dismissal of his QB coach Alex Van Pelt — to not sign this extension this offseason. As a Packers fan, I’m hoping that these matters can be resolved.
UPDATE: Rodgers has posted a formal tribute to Jordy on Instagram:
Hard to find the right words today to express what 87 means to me. No teammate exemplified what it means to be a packer quite like him. From living in GB full time, his incredible contributions to the city, state, and region, to his consistent, reliable play on the field. Definitely a sad day and the toughest part of this business. There will never be another quite like white lightning. #leader #brother #friend #baller #loyal #champion #legacy #intact #stillcanplayball #backshoulder #1stSBTD
UPDATE II: As has been pointed out in replies to this post on Twitter, Rodgers was reportedly “in touch” with Graham prior to his signing. So, it’s fair to say that this ‘like’ was an homage to Jordy as opposed to anything negative about his new teammate. That being said, there is finite salary cap space in the NFL and if Rodgers did indeed recruit Graham, he had to know the money was going to come from somewhere.