GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN – AUGUST 21: Kurt Benkert #7 of the Green Bay Packers scrambles with the ball against the New York Jets in the first half of a NFL preseason game at Lambeau Field on August 21, 2021 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Quarterback Kurt Benkert thanked the Green Bay Packers on Twitter after he was released by the team.
The Green Bay Packers brought back quarterback Aaron Rodgers on a lucrative three-year contract extension. Jordan Love is still on his rookie contract. But the team decided to part ways with Kurt Benkert on Friday, June 17, with reports indicating that they have released him from his contract.
Benkert took to Twitter to thank the team for “everything that came with being a Packer,” before saying that he is excited for what is to come next.
Life man 🤟🏼. I appreciate everything that came with being a Packer.
Equally as excited to see what’s next, can’t wait to get to work. https://t.co/cGxZhSo1Yg
— Kurt Benkert (@KurtBenkert) June 17, 2022
I’m grateful that this was one of the stops along the way. Green Bay will always be a special place to us.
For Scout, it was where she learned to walk, spoke her first words, & met her first friends. I’ll miss the real life part of it more than anything. Thank you guys.❤️ pic.twitter.com/lZWpERqRiE
— Kurt Benkert (@KurtBenkert) June 18, 2022
Kurt Benkert thanks Packers following his release
After spending the first three seasons of his career with the Atlanta Falcons, Benkert joined the Packers last season on a one-year contract, originally as a member of the practice squad. He was then activated to the 53-man roster late in the 2021 season after Love was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
In the team’s Week 14 game against the Chicago Bears, Benkert took the first snap of his NFL career, where he kneeled down twice in the victory formation. It was then revealed that Rodgers is the one that pushed head coach Matt LaFleur to bring Benkert into the game late.
With Benkert no longer with the team, that leaves Danny Etling as the only other quarterback on the roster not named Rodgers or Love. It will remain to be seen if they keep Etling once training camp concludes, or if they will just go with two quarterbacks entering their Week 1 game against the Minnesota Vikings.