QB Kurt Benkert Signs Packers Contract After Bortles Deal amid Aaron Rodgers Rumors

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVMay 15, 2021

CANTON, OH - AUGUST 01: Kurt Benkert #6 of the Atlanta Falcons throws a pass in the first half of a preseason game against the Denver Broncos at Tom Benson Hall Of Fame Stadium on August 1, 2019 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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There is quarterback news in Green Bay. And no, it's not about Aaron Rodgers. 

The Packers signed Kurt Benkert after having him in for a rookie minicamp this weekend, per Rob Demovsky of ESPN. It's the second quarterback the Packers have added within the past week after also signing veteran Blake Bortles. 

Benkert posted his contract signing on Twitter:

Kurt Benkert 👻 @KurtBenkert

The best advice I can give anyone is to believe in yourself. @packers ✍🏻<br><br>I’m so thankful. pic.twitter.com/L2W7laiR44

Benkert, 25, spent the 2018 and 2020 seasons on the practice squad for the Atlanta Falcons after being an undrafted free agent in 2018. He was on injured reserve with a toe injury in 2018. 

And so the Packers will have Bortles and Benkert joining Jordan Love come training camp. The jury is still out on whether Rodgers will be joining them, with reports continuing to assert that the 2020 MVP wants out and the Packers continuously saying publicly they have no plans to grant that wish.


“What a strange, strange situation that basically has been caused by an inability of the Packers' hierarchy to simply communicate... Now it just reeks of desperation."@LRiddickESPN weighs in on the Packers' relationship with Aaron Rodgers 😳 pic.twitter.com/8ZGnMi8eJk

"I've got nothing new to update, and we still obviously feel the same way," Packers coach told reporters on Friday regarding the stand-off with Rodgers. "We want him back in the worst way. I know he knows that, and we'll continue to work at it each and every day."

As for Love, LaFleur sidestepped a question about whether he would prepare the young quarterback to be the team's starter with Rodgers' future in Green Bay up in the air. 

"I'm not going to make any assumptions about anything at this point," he said. "We're just going to take it day by day, but every player on our roster has got to have the mentality that they're going to be the guy. If not, when you do get your opportunity, you will not be prepared for it. So that is always what we stress to every player on this football team."