Obscure role player reportedly at center of Packers-Rodgers drama

By , Audacy

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Jake Kumerow is playing a central role in the unfolding drama between Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.

Yes, you read that sentence correctly.

So how did the reserve wideout find himself in the middle of the National Football League’s messiest rift? It all started when he caught Rodgers’ admiring eye.

NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport said Monday that Rodgers was miffed when Green Bay released Kumerow last summer, shortly after the reigning MVP had praised the undrafted wideout. The Packers signed Kumerow in 2017.

“Rodgers wanted to be more involved in some of the personnel decisions,” Rapoport said, via the New York Post. “This is crazy, but it does seem like it drove Rodgers nuts when the organization cut Jake Kumerow just a day after he praised him publicly.”

The Packers opted to keep Malik Taylor over Kumerow in their final cuts, according to Yahoo! Sports. The Bills signed Kumerow to the team's practice squad in September of 2020.

“Described as a little bit of a death knell in the relationship,” Rapoport said. “So much here to fix and I know now the Packers are trying to fix it.”

In an interview with Sirius XM NFL Radio, Rodgers complimented Kumerow, touting his reliability.

“I think he’s a fantastic, steady player who’s very heady on the field, he makes plays,” Rodgers said. “He plays with a lot of confidence, and he’s a guy you love having on the squad.”

Despite Rodgers’ endorsement, Kumerow didn’t break out with the Bills, only catching one pass in six games. Interestingly enough, it was a 22-yard touchdown in Buffalo’s 48-19 win over the Denver Broncos to clinch the team's first AFC East title in 25 years.

Kumerow caught a career-high 12 passes in 2019.

It speaks to Buffalo’s depth that one of Rodgers’ purportedly favorite targets was sparingly used last season. The Bills waived Kumerow late last December to make room for John Brown coming back from Injured Reserve. The New Orleans Saints claimed him, and then proceeded to waive him.

Kumerow is now back in Buffalo, signed to a reserve/future contract for the 2021 season. Meanwhile, Rodgers could be forcing his way out of Green Bay.

If only Kumerow was still there.

Do you think Rodgers would consider signing up to be Josh Allen's backup?

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