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 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:
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.