Packers QB Room Shrinks – Viking Territory

July 28, 2021; Green Bay, Wis., USA; Green Bay Packers quarterbacks Jordan Love (10), Kurt Benkert (7) and Aaron Rodgers. Mandatory Credit: Dan Powers-USA TODAY NETWORK.

A popular QB3 was released by the Minnesota Vikings’ arch nemesis on Friday, as the Green Bay Packers cut ties with Kurt Benkert.

Benkert was the team’s QB3 in 2021 but won’t hold that position in 2022 as Green Bay brought in quarterback Danny Etling this offseason.

Of course, back-to-back NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers remains the Packers’ starter while Jordan Love, for now, is the backup. Because Rodgers re-committed to the Packers this spring for the rest of his career — at a huge price — Love has become more consumable and a marginal trade candidate. Green Bay drafted Love in the 2020 NFL Draft to perhaps lay out life plans after Rodgers, but the future Hall of Famer has started winning MVPs again. Barring an injury, Love won’t get any game time on the Packers’ offense, and his services could be better utilized elsewhere.

As for Benkert, he is a 26-year-old player from the University of Virginia who started his career with the Atlanta Falcons. Benkert has never attempted a regular season pass for the Falcons or Packers, but fans love him regardless.

The extent of his regular season resume is a few knees against the Chicago Bears in 2021.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12), quarterback Kurt Benkert (7), and quarterback Jordan Love. © Dan Powers/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wis via Imagn Content Services, LLC.

Benkert is now hitting free agency and can reasonably expect to become a QB3 with another NFL team. After his release by Green Bay, Benkert hit the high road thanking the Packers front office and fans.

Green Bay’s QB depth chart now has three names:

  • QB1: Aaron Rodgers
  • QB2: Jordan Love
  • QB3: Danny Etling

The Packers travel to Minneapolis for a date with the Vikings in Week 1 in just 84 days. Green Bay is favored by 1.5.


Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube channel, VikesNow. He host a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, airing every Wednesday with Raun Saw and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Guilty pleasures listed: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, “The Sopranos” and The Doors (the band).

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