Aaron Rodgers Likes Packers' Current WRs, Takes a Pass on Dez Bryant

-- After rumors gain some traction, it may take one of the biggest names in the sports industries to bring it to a halt -- at least for now.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers doesn't expect -- nor does he think -- Dez Bryant will be sharing a locker room with him anytime soon.

The former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver was linked to several teams after being released last month, and despite a multi-year offer from the Baltimore Ravens, Bryant made it obvious that he was looking for a one-year deal with a contending team to show that he can still perform at a high level.

The team that would ideally fit his desire and expectations would preferably be the one with arguably the league's top quarterback at the helm. However, that quarterback thinks the Packers are on the opposite end of the spectrum in that respect.

"I'm paid to play quarterback, so I don't make those decisions," Rodgers said after the Packers' first public OTA practice on Tuesday.

Rodgers took some heat earlier this offseason with his outspoken comments on his former quarterbacks coach, Alex Van Pelt, and the team's decision to move on from him without consulting Rodgers.

The Packers also released veteran wide receiver Jordy Nelson, now with the Oakland Raiders, and stripped Rodgers of his primary receiving target.

Nelson, 32, only played in five games with Rodgers in 2017 before the quarterback's broken collarbone in week 6. By that time, Nelson was leading the league in touchdown receptions, so it would've been tough to gauge just how well Nelson would've performed had the Packers brought him back on a team-friendly deal, but the interest just wasn't there.

"We like young receivers, I'm assuming that's the way they're going to keep going," Rodgers said. "I don't know why you'd cut Jordy [Nelson] and bring in Dez [Bryant], but he's a talented player. He's going to end up somewhere. If he ends up here, we'll obviously welcome him with open arms and get him up to speed as quick as possible."

There isn't a gaping void for Bryant to fill at the moment. On top of the players already on the roster entering the 2018 offseason, the Packers also drafted J'Mon Moore in the fourth round, Marquez Valdes-Scantling in the fifth round and Equanimeous St. Brown in the sixth round.

Rookie receivers don't necessarily provide some monumental impact in their first years in the league, and if the Packers' luck is strong, they won't need them to. 

Davante Adams, the No. 1 receiver on the depth chart both now and in September, was held out of Tuesday's OTA practice with what was described as a hamstring injury. He insisted to reporters after practice, though, that he was fine.

Coach Mike McCarthy said Adams was "battling a couple things," and said that he was in a limited state as far as practice went.

The Packers also signed 6-7 tight end Jimmy Graham, whose primary function is to serve as a massive slot receiver. So the cupboard is far from bare at the moment. 

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Zachary Jacobson is a staff writer/reporter for Cheesehead TV. He's the voice of The Leap on iTunes and can be heard on The Scoop KLGR 1490 AM every Saturday morning. He's also a contributor on the Pack-A-Day Podcast. He can be found on Twitter via @ZachAJacobson or contacted through email at [email protected].

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mrtundra's picture

May 23, 2018 at 09:20 am

DeAngelo Yancy had a good preseason and camp last year and he deserves a chance to prove his worth, as well.

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Since '61's picture

May 23, 2018 at 09:31 am

I would rather give our young receivers a shot before looking to bring in a player like Dez Bryant. At this point I don't think the Packers need him. Thanks, Since '61

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May 23, 2018 at 08:31 pm

Well said. i agree with you. Give the rookie receivers a chance to prove themselves. Let Dez go play for an NFC East team. Green Bay would be better off without the distraction. Go Pack Go!!

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May 23, 2018 at 11:19 am

AR says everything he needs to say if you read between he lines. He knows what Dez brings besides talent, distractions! He also made it clear he was unhappy how Jordy was handled. " Why would you let Jordy go and sign Dez" ? "I'm paid to play QB, I don't make those decisions". AR still has a big chip on his shoulder, he wants the league to remember the draft night when he sat for hours. By saying he wants to finish his career in GB and cement his legacy by playing great, says a big FU to 23 teams that thought he wasn't good enough.

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May 23, 2018 at 12:51 pm

Yup. (Nods head in agreement.....)

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May 23, 2018 at 12:42 pm

AROD did not get paid to make the decisions......

seems there has always been more accountability on AROD for speaking than on the prior front office for not speaking....but for also getting paid extremely well for not actually doing the job

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Lare's picture

May 23, 2018 at 05:44 pm

I haven't seen the current front office speaking any more than the prior one did.

Harlan and Wolf were accountable to the fans on an almost daily basis. When's the last time we heard from Gutekunst, Thompson or Murphy?

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May 23, 2018 at 01:07 pm

Good overview Zach. The reality is pro football is a young mans game. Outside of the protected positions of punter-kicker, and with the recent rule changes, quarterback has now joined that list. Roster spots must be cleared, Nelson was just the first of long time Packers to leave. Said this before, but time waits for no one. Still, watching good and loyal players leave really sucks. Rodgers probably feels the same too.

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May 23, 2018 at 09:59 pm

As you say: Rodgers is likely to outlast his favorite teammates. He'd better get used to it.

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May 23, 2018 at 10:19 pm

I think Dez’s diminishing skills on the field mirror Jordy’s.
Meanwhile, off the field, they couldn’t be more different.

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May 24, 2018 at 02:18 am

I'm happy to see that, in this matter, Aaron and myself have similar thoughts - why release better and cheaper WR to sign worse one, who is also d*ck head?

No way!

Go Pack Go!

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